How to live Sheltering in Place

They say that wise people love mountains (지자요산)

Gracious people love waters(인자요수)


Wise people know where the trails are

Gracious people know where the dangers are

Wise people know where to find fruits

Gracious people receive what is given


Wise people know when to rest

Gracious people rest when the waves calm down


Wise people love to build three cabins on a mountain

Gracious people live on the mercies of the sea


When I was young I loved mountain climbing

now I love to be a beach bum.

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What are you making?

What are you making?

Oh, I am making a human with dirt

Is it alive?

When I breathe into its nostril my breath it will be.

What are you making?

Oh, I am making my art piece.

Is it alive?

When I breathe into it my spirit it will be.

What are you making?

Oh, I am making a disciple.

Is she alive?

When I breathe into her God’s spirit she will be.

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A star

There was a star

Whose light has travelled through time

Toughed by breath of God

Turned into skin and bone

To stay in this mortal tent.

Now the star

Goes back through the abyss of dark vacuum

Its breath was taken away,

Its silence became prayer,

Only the light is shining,

For us to see from far away.

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A road not taken

When the enemies came to kill me

If I just decided to die

If I did not invented my own weapons to defend me

If I just got on a cross

 Everything would have been different.


When I advanced my knowledge of military systems

using science and technologiesmy

enemies made better killing machines and destroying technologies

to defeat me and my environment

We have not learned how to stop this vicious cycle of competition


Now we are all starving with thousands of atomic warheads

we are dying outside of hospitals when our missiles are rusted in storages

people have no homes and sleep on streets while weapons are in their safe places

We are afraid of each other without any hot wars

We forgot how to pronounce hope.


When young ones ask me how was my young days

I can tell them I used to listen to crickets at night

watching the moon, imagining a big rabbit pounding grain in a mortar

eating couple potatoes with grandmother

listening to an old old story of a tiger who used to smoke


You did not have a smartphone?

No computer?

No game machines?

No e-book or kindle?

No wonder why you are so boring


If I just died on a cross

at that time when my enemies came to kill me

Everything would have been different

I could have rested in peace.

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I can breathe

I have nothing to give

I have received everything

I am not mine, I am yours


Lives are clashed

bursted into air

becoming winds and songs


I am now listening those songs

I am breathing their winds

feeling their touches and smiles


I have nothing to give

I have received everything

I am becoming a song and wind in the air


If you feel me

breathe and sing this song, “I can breathe!”


I can breathe in this land of freedom

I can breathe in this town of love

I can breathe with my family

I can breathe with my friends

I can breathe without fear

I can breathe and pray!


Show your mercy O Lord

Give your breath to all

Answer our prayer O Lord

I will breathe and praise your name!

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Pentecost

On this Pentecost

the breath of George Floyd

came upon the disciples of Jesus


Suddenly the fire of tongues

started speaking in different languages

and all the people in the world understood


What it means to live as a black person

in this countryof freedom and opportunity


Three thousands were baptized

not by the water

but by the Holy Spirit

they could not go back to the old good times!

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Our Future That I Know

Repent, Kingdom of God is here!

Our Lord shouted.
Repent, Kingdom of God is here and now.
We repeat.
The future is in the seed of present
We see the orchard in an apple seed
We reap what we sew
We know what kind of future we will have
It is the Kingdom of God
where everybody worship God
treating each other equally
sharing resources and serving one another
Yes, that is the future we will enjoy
How to be there?
Let us walk to the Cross and die on it.
That is the only way that I learn from the Lord.
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Life

Life is already there

in the ground
in the air
and in us
We just need to discover it
savor it
and enjoy it
it is given
We do not need to make it
oh, no, not form it
Dare not to create it
even not need to labor on it
Just breathe
sit down with me
look carefully
There you are!
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I live not in fear

When I look at the empty Cross

where my Lord was once crucified
I cannot hide my wonder and joy
he is risen and stay with us.
Now I live not in fear
but in the confidence of eternal life
I can face all challenges that life brings
And live in love and peace
All the essential workers
first respondents
heroes in harms ways
followers of Christ I praise
Now I live one day at a time
with God’s grace and love
loving others and serving neighbors
until God calls me home for rest
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El Camino Santiago

El Camino Santiago

has been in our bucket list
for my wife and me
Now when we shelter in place
we realized that we have been walking on it
Sometimes rough sometimes smooth
We have been on the road
meeting all the graceful creatures
saying farewell to well-intended departures
Now in this virtual reality
I embrace the blurred line between
life and death, real and surreal, you and me
Today I am going to walk
on the El Camino Santiago again
in my mind, using my imagination, maybe online
There I will meet the risen Lord
like Apostle Paul on the road to Damascus
and who knows what will happen?
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