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By Ramone - April 7, 2009

Cherry blossoms bloom in the early springtime for only two weeks and then fall to the ground. But in Japan, we don't want to miss these beautiful blossoms -- we want to do everything we can to enjoy them while they're here. I thought this is like how God loves us. He has waited and watched through all eternity for your arrival, for your "blooming", not wanting to miss you. Your life is a precious, long-awaited blossom to Him.

Recently our friend Roseline visited and stayed with us for a week. God has given her a heart for hikikomori (see her blog about it here). It was just before she came that I began to see this picture and painted it. I wrote to the Lord about it:

God, as I was doing this picture, just before Roseline came, I felt like this was Your heart for hikikomori, that this was about them and for them. I knew the name was "Blossom", because You are calling them forth, to come out and blossom, because You are here to receive them and love them. I feel God saying to them,
"Come with Me, come with Me out to see the blossoms bloom. Come see this beauty -- this is you to Me. Come out with me and enjoy the beauty I have set in you. Come see through My eyes and walk with Me."
"Arise, My darling,
My beautiful one, and come with Me.
See! The winter is past;
the rains are over and gone.
Flowers appear on the earth;
the season of singing has come,
the cooing of doves
is heard in our land.
The fig tree forms its early fruit;
the blossoming vines spread their fragrance.
Arise, come, My darling;
My beautiful one, come with Me.

"My dove in the clefts of the rock,
in the hiding places on the mountainside,
show Me your face,
let Me hear your voice;
for your voice is sweet,
and your face is lovely."

- Song of Songs 2:10-14

Ah... the wonder of spring and the majesty of God's creation.
teach us, how could we share this with the people who are trapped in the state of hikikomori?
Two things come to mind:

1) Pray and ask God how you can share the message of His love with them

2) Perhaps posting the picture up online in some way with a translation of the whole message in Japanese ... (>_<) ... ooh, I'm feeling that in the Spirit.

Question, then, for you Roseline. What are some keywords which should be included so that hikikomori find it easier? What kinds of things would they look at online? What kinds of "searches" would they run?

Awaiting your reply. Pray!

In Jesus,

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