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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Confession

Lord, I am not kind.

I do not know what love is.

My lips know the word kindness

My heart is like a sleeping student in a class room

Where the teacher stares at me with compassion, saying,

“Father, Forgive him. He does not know what he is doing.”

Lord, I have not sacrifice anything.

I have grabbed all the things in my hands.

When I pray, I did not open my palms toward you.

My face is turned red when I hear you, saying,

“Go and do likewise!”

Lord, now I am turning my back from you

I came to you with great questions

I heard all the wonderful stories

At the end of the day, however, I had to face you, saying,

“Sell all you have and give them to the poor. And follow me.”

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Thanksgiving

Sun, thank you for your warmth and brightness

Grass, thank you for your greenness and freshness

Breakfast, thank you for your juicy and tasty flesh and smell

Water, thank you for your clean and tongue awakening, throat satisfying walk

Coffee, thank you for your mysterious exotic aroma

Honey, thank you for your smile and sweetness,

and

God, thank you for your patience and faithful presence!

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Prayer

Lord use me as a lung of the body of Christ

I will breathe in all the isms and struggles
I will breath out your love and truth
in prayer not in preaching
I will take all the evil thoughts and ideas
all the divisive and fighting words
I will breathe out your unconditional love
I will bless all the people around me
because you love them all
I will pray for all the nations and leaders
because you are in charge of the history
Lord, use me as a lung of your world
I will breathe in all the agonies and sighs
I will breathe out your comforts and compassion
in prayer without words
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Thank you, my body parts!

I give thanks to all my body parts

My hands, you have done so many loving touching and serving jobs, thank you!
My feet, how many miles have you walked to visit the sick, lonely, and imprisoned? Thank you!
My eyes, you have read so many letters to provide brain foods, so many images, comforting heart, so many smiles, building relationships, thank you!
My reproductive organs, you have done wonderful job to make those beautiful children who are living their lives with hope, thank you!
My stomach, how many foods and unhealthy things you have to receive without complaints and make them energy for all, thank you!
My brain, you have struggles with me to find the right answers for all those theological questions that I cannot answer, thank you!
My heart, you have never stopped working even when I was unsympathetic to the miseries of other humans and stayed warm, thank you!
My lung, you have been the entrance of the spirit of God and given me life, thank you!
My hairs, you have come and gone many decades and still stay with me on top of my head to block the strong heat to protect me, thank you!
My flesh, you have not gone away even when I complain about your weight every time when I get on the scale, thank you for your steadfast love!
My blood, you keep running inside of me without ceasing, praying for my life, thank you!
All my cells, you have renewed yourselves everyday to keep me alive, thank you!
When I have to say good-bye to you all, I will remember your dedication and sacrifice. Even when I get a new body from God, your love will be remembered even under the earth!
Thank you! See you later in a new form, maybe in a flower, maybe in a butterfly, or in a star somewhere, please give me one signal that it is you!
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Lenten Song

I listen to things and become one

The sigh of bush becomes mine
Groaning of the woods becomes my groaning
How many times the trees tremble
because of the burning log and moaning rock?
I listen to things and they become beings
My ancestors sighed and groaned
Their bodies tremble when they breathed
in the middle of wars and violence
not of the nature but of humans
They invaded into and took lives
They killed and stole humans
Later they were called generals and heroes
They became the emperors and kings
They wrote histories and stores
River runs even today with whispers
Wind blows through bushes with smiles
Rocks stand still to be witnesses of the mortals come and gone
Woods welcome new lives who come with innocence
I listen to things and things listen to me
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