Book of Remembrance

Our memories are being burnt this morning

in Vacaville, in Napa, and in Fairfield

All those yelling and shouting of lightning

made the dry land to shout back with wildfires


Their old stories came to my backyard

with smoky smell of anger and frustration

bringing all the memories of evacuation and despair

as if COVID-19 is not enough


A small voice of hope

and the happy memories

come to me as soothing medicine

saying, remember, remember, and remember


The book of remembrance

survived all those disasters

crimes and sins

to tell us the story of God’s Grace


Now I remember

through the parallel universe

the future salvation

and the new heaven and new earth coming down to us


I remember the “kindom” of God

where everybody loves and cares for each other

where all creation rejoices God’s justice

I remember that it has come already.

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Peace in the middle of Chaos

When I breathe in the love of God

the Creator of this universe


My spirit soars up

into the silence of the stars

mingled with the wind of the darkness


Forgetting the noise

of this world of mindfulness

all the cries of the creation


This will pass

in the course of time

when new heaven and new earth appear


What we know now

what we deplore today

what we enjoy together


They will all become

dust of the lost

and will have gone with the wind


Peace of the nothingness

Quietness of the stillness

Calmness of the innocence


They all come at once

with morning dew

like snowflakes on evening window

sunset on the horizon


Now I have to say goodbye

to myself to embrace

this peace that surpasses my understanding

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I am thnakful

I don’t do nothing.

Being quiet and being calm

I do my living.


I am not anxious to do things

I enjoy things done around me

All the living with me


A child smiles at me

me doing nothing

My heart overflows with joy


flowers bloom

sky is blue

wind blowing

what did I do?


being quiet and being calm

I do my living

My living is not different from my dying.

My praises go up and my soul is full

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Black Lives Matter

We put the church sign, “Black Lives Matter.”

Someone called church and left a message.

“How come you put such a racist sign on church sign board? Do not all lives matter?”

I use this syllogism A.

  1. All lives matter.
  2. Black lives are lives.
  3. So, Black lives matter.

When someone support that all lives matter and Black lives do not matter

the only logical conclusion is that Black lives are not lives.

In that case, they use syllogism B.

  1. All lives matter.
  2. Black lives are Not lives.
  3. So Black lives do not matter.

If you want to say that Black lives are lives

and still do not want to say that Black lives matter

you are saying that only some lives matter.

There is another choice. It is syllogism C.

  1. Only some lives matter.
  2. Black lives are lives.
  3. But Black lives do not matter.

So, do you say that all lives matter but black lives are not lives

or do you way that only some lives matter and black lives do not matter?

What is your position?

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COVID-19 Pandemic

When I read Leviticus

some of the regulations look weird

I do not understand them with my own reasoning

Many of them are not comfortable to follow


They are like CDC guidelines

do not sing in a sanctuary

do not hug your church members

no fellowship afterwords

Sit apart from each other at least 6 feet

They are meant to be saving lives

wearing masks in public

Social distancing unless in social bubble

those rules are more for others than for me


I read the book of Leviticus again

now it makes sense to me

I can picture the culture and society that they lived

and the fear and reality that they experienced

the most uncomfortable rules, though

are not Holiness Code but Sabbath, Sabbatical years, and the Year of Jubilee


Let all the slaves go free

Let all the debts be cancelled

Let all the lands be distributed equally among all and let them keep their lands

Let all start over again from the beginning

If only you can read with patience until the end of the book of Leviticus!

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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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