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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A man who walked on water

Lord, if it is you

call me to come over to you

Simon, come!

Jesus called him into being just beyond himself

One step into the water

He was able to walk on water

Until his eyes went sideways from Jesus

to notice a big wave

Lord help meI am sinking, dying,…

Right there then

Jesus reached out to him

That is his experience of beyond himself

Not perfect but worth trying

Almost being drowned but saved

Now remembered as one who walked on water

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From the fountain of sorrow

we drink the water of life

we grow the seed of hope

we find the connection with the source

Rivers flow from the fountain

giving life along the way

to the sea of stories

where we all can meet

Let us grieve for a while

for one of our acorns

floating on the river

travelling to the sea

where she can tell her story

where she can transform our sorrow into a song

a song we can hum together

under a oak tree

with all the acorns 

Someday will be a good time

somewhere would be a good place

somehow would be a good plan

we will gather together to sing a song or two

remembering our stories together

Sorrow would be a good title for the song of silence

A song of silence would be better than humming

Or just to be quiet

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