Useless but loving

I like those who lie in hospital beds

thinking that they are useless
but appreciate all the small acts of kindness of friends and families
I like those who moves slowly in wheelchairs
saying excuse me, pardon me with their eyes
still enjoys the fall sunset, praising the Creator
I like those babies doing nothing but being cute
without demanding “Adore me!” but being adored
as if their job is to be loved
They are like blank space in oriental paintings
make the whole universe complete
without doing something but just being
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Peach Tree

I have a peach tree

I can see many peaches hanging there
When did it happen?
I have walked by it everyday
I did not water them
I did not even look at them carefully
When did it happen?
Must be at night
when I sleep every night
The tree must have invited all kinds of
winds, birds, sunlight, and water
Wait, sunlight at night?
Well, mysterious things happen
I do not know anything
who know? Secret sunlight may come at night
I wonder what happen under the ground
What I see is just many peaches
hanging there to serve birds, animals, and my family
They may not know my plan for Harvest
but I will harvest them anyway because they are ripe and juicy
They will be great for many occasions!
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Joy of Living

Sungho Lee

I do not own you, God!

You are the Creator

I am your creature.

I do not own you, trees

You have been here long before I am

I am a visitor of your garden

I do not own you, birds

You are fellow travelers with me

You come and go, so do we

I do not own you wind

I am a beneficiary of your travel

You freely move and I feel you now and then

I own nothing

I enjoy every life

I enjoy God!

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Wherever you go, 

you go inside of your soul

It is not a place

It is your relationship with God

Things change

according to the seasons

relationships are moving

because we are growing

What matters is love

that we have in God

all the creatures show

images of God

Wherever you go

meet God there

enjoy the encounter

that gives you life

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A passerby

People worship God

without me, a preaching pastor

People enjoy mission 

without my involvement, a supervising pastor

People share the Good News

even after my death, a pastor’s funeral

How humbling and how liberating

God is in control all the time
I am just a passerby

a staff or a rod in God’s hand

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When evening comes

When evening comes

all the golden memories of a day

shed their lights like fallen leaves

and autumn fruits appear on naked branches

Apple trees bear apples

Peach trees bear peaches

We cannot change this simple law of mother nature

We reap what we planted and worked for

When the evening comes

Cool breeze will invite us to dinner tables

with loving families waiting for us

welcoming us with smiles and stories to tell

Tears will turned into winds

all the hatred will disappear into sunset

Conflicts and greed will become candle lights for dinner tables

We will share one meal together as one family of the Father

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All that I need

A bowl of rice

a cup of soup

and Kimchi with couple side dishes

Couple clergy shirts

and couple pants

with a robe and stole

One room with a table

for reading, writing, and dining

and my wife

time for prayer

time for laughter

time for sigh for the sufferings

All that I need

to be with God

and with others

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There are so many women in the world

I married one

Love of my life, I have chosen one

There are so many careers that lured me

I was called by One

Breath of Life,

I have followed One

There are so many poems that inspired me

I am reading one sent by my friend

Joy of my life, I ride on it.

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I hear a song that a tree sings

this summer again

the apple tree in my backyard has its music notes on every branch

the peach tree next to it has many rest symbols this year

I can see their fruits of the past and the future years

some are eaten and some are kept

by mother nature and their children

They keep coming back like a round song

I am one note, maybe a quarter note

in the symphony of my backyard

who would remember the whole music

when mother nature plays only a part of it for some of us

I love to be a part of it

when someone plays my note

I would not even notice it unless you tell me it is me

I am good only in the whole music

With my humble prayer

I want to hear the first move

and the second, maybe third

It would be someone else who can hear the finale of it

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A Day with a Walnut Tree

A Day with a Walnut Tree

You look same old same old

to those who do not know you

You are new everyday 

to those who appreciate you

Your palms are now wide open

you are giving away life to the wind

who can carry it to stars

who can sing with blinking eyes

You look quiet to those who sit under you

You tell stories, though

to those who look up to you

with all the scars and signs

Today I will sit with you

listening to all the stories that you have to tell

I will tell my stories too

so that you can tell them to the wind.

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Take a backpack of nothingness

put worries and concerns in there

take the first step of endless nomadland

Expect serendipity of universe

Say hi to the unnoticed

show your joy though your breathing

ha, ha, and ha

it takes time to laugh when you are getting older

slowly wake up to the whole

one small life to million small lives

leave no life unnoticed

it will take your lifetime to be

when it is your turn to say

just turn your face quietly

smiles on your lips

peace in your heart

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I believe

I believe that I was born with God’s love

I see the beauty of the living 

I believe that I am living

to share the love that I have received

I believe

that the days come and go

I believe, God is in control

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