If someone were to tell me that Boston had more dogs in it than children, I wouldn't be surprised. If Boston loves dogs, I think JP loves them even more. Don't have a dog? A stroll down Centre Street will give plenty of dog watching opportunities, and it's not hard to understand why people love their dogs so much. Dogs can become great companions. There is a reason we call them, "Man's best friend." They're fun, rewarding, and loyal.
You might even say... wait for it... they're devoted (You knew I'd get to the sermon somehow).
This week I learned about Hachiko. It's one of the most incredible stories of devotion I've ever heard. Hachiko was an Akita dog adopted by Japanese Professor of Agriculture Hidesaburō Ueno in 1923. As their friendship grew, Hachiko would follow his own to Shibuya Station and see him off to work every day. At the end of the day, like a clock, he would show back up to pick up the professor.
In 1925 professor Ueno was sent off by Hachiko, just like every morning, but he would never return to his friend. During class he suffered a cerebral hemorrhage. Yet, just like every other day, Hachiko showed back up waiting for the professor. Eventually, Hachiko went back home. The next day came and he showed back up at the train station waiting for the professor. Still no professor. Hachiko did this every day for nine years until he died in 1935. It's a powerful story about devotion and loyalty. To this day, there is a statue Hachiko at Shibuya station. You can even watch a movie that will make a lumberjack weep like a baby called Hachi on Netflix.
Stories of undying devotion are powerful and inspiring. Tomorrow we begin by looking at the life and times of Saint James. We'll learn his story and see why his devotion to Jesus was so unique. It's something we'll all relate to on some level. I look forward to seeing you tomorrow!
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