Lead me lord

May 28, 2009

Lead me Lord, lead me by the hand
And make me face the rising sun
Comfort me through all the pain
That life may bring
There’s no other hope
That I can lean upon
Lead me Lord
Lead me all my life

Walk by me, walk by me across
The lonely road that I may face
Take my arms and let your hand show me the way
Show the way to live inside your heart
All my days, all my life

Refrain:
You are my light
You’re the lamb upon my feet
All the time my Lord
I need You there
You are my light
I (just) cannot live alone
Let me stay
By Your guiding love
All through my life
Lead me Lord

Lead me Lord
Even though at times
I’d rather go alone my way
Help me take the right direction
Take Your road
Lead me Lord
And never leave my side
All my days
All my life

You are my light
You’re the lamb upon my feet
All the time my Lord
I need You there
You are my light
I (just) cannot live alone
Let me stay
By Your guiding love
All through my life
All through my days
Lead me, O Lord
Lead me Lord
(Repeat)


Standing up in Faith

May 21, 2009

May 16, 2009, Headquarters’ Church Seoul Korea

Even when I was inaugurated as International President, I put my neck on the line. In front of Father I said, “We are a religion.” There was so much identity confusion in our church. We were confused: are we a family, are we a federation family, are we just an educational institution, or are we a religion? I said clearly, “We are a religion. This is what I believe. I studied religion. We have everything that a religion has. We have theology, liturgy, belief, cosmology, ritual, organization, etc. We have everything that a religion has. We are a religion.”

Welcoming Remarks by Hyung Jin Nim:

Today is a very sad day. Because my wife’s not here. She’s a little under the weather, and True Parents have captured her, in a very loving way. That’s why I’m a little weak today. But we will have to carry on. We are very blessed today, brothers and sisters.

We start with Cheon Seong Gyeong, page790, today. Father speaks: “I live for eternity centering on true love, like God. God created me this way. If you come to fulfill this portion of responsibility you will truly be successful.”

“I live for eternity centering on true love.” Brothers and sisters, True Father has spoken a lot about true love. The teaching that he has given is so massive. Father defines true love very clearly. True love is God’s essence, His Divinity. True love is selfless love. It’s a love that can bring even our worst enemy to natural surrender. Father also shares that true love is a power, it’s an action. It’s not just a feeling or a thought. Through this power of action we are able to overcome the difficulties, the enemies, in our lives. We actually do that not by force but by natural subjugation.

Father says if we are able to do that we understand that God created us to do this, that this is OUR actual essence as well. When we come to fulfill this portion of responsibility, we’ll be successful in anything we do.

It is true that people who really do succeed are able to work with others. They’re able to consider others, give praise to others who are doing a good job. This is a very important trait of true love. True love does not just want to get praise for oneself but goes beyond. It’s allowing to share that (praise) selflessly with others. I believe that’s one of the things that True Parents are talking to us about today.

Brothers and sisters, welcome to service. I know it’s a very lonely welcome (smiling), but welcome to service. We hope that in every service we can truly glorify and bring praise and happiness to True Parents and Almighty Heavenly Father. If we do that, I do believe we will truly, this week, accomplish more, get more things done, be more inspired, more enthusiastic, and give people around us more strength. It’s going to be a great week. If you believe it, let’s give it up for God! I believe it! Let’s have a great week. Welcome to service.

Family Pledge:

Our family, owner of CIG, pledges to represent and become central to heaven and earth by attending God and True Parents. We pledge to perfect the dutiful family way of filial piety in our family, patriots in our nation, saints in the world and divine sons and daughters in heaven and earth by centering on true love.

God is the creator who is omniscient and omnipotent and created all things in the cosmos. For the first time in human history the tradition of true love, true life and true lineage of God has been realized through True Parents. When we attend God and True Parents with a true heart, we can become a central family of heaven and on earth. Only God and True Parents can guide us to God’s Kingdom, the land of blessing. True Father has become a filial son in God’s family, a patriot in the nation, saint in the world and divine son in heaven and earth. We must inherit this beautiful tradition of True Father. Blessed families must accomplish what God wants us to do in our family. AJU.

Meditation:

Let’s take this time to unite our mind, body and breath. We’ll start with our body. Let’s stretch our hands towards the earth today, breathing in the earth’s energy, and breathing in towards our heart. As we pass our living heart, breathing out towards heaven, stretch up towards heaven. See what God wants us to receive today, give us today: new hope, new inspiration, new strength. Breathing in. As we pass our living hearts, breathing out. Once again stretching towards the earth, gather universal prime energy towards our heart, breathing in. As we pass our living hearts breathing out towards heaven, stretch up and receive God’s love today, his compassion and wisdom, breathing in. As we pass our living hearts, breathing out.

Let’s now prepare our minds and be seated and sit up front of our chairs, so we can keep our backs straight, so we can breathe evenly and smoothly and calmly. Let us now close our eyes and enter into our first meditation and visualization practice.

Let us visualize ourselves not in this sanctuary but walking in a beautiful forest. It’s spring. The air is cool, it’s raining. We have an umbrella that’s sheltering us from the rain. I invite you to hear the sound of the rain on the leaves, the coolness of the air, the freshness and the humidity. Notice how all the creation is happy to be nourished by the rain. We can hear the beautiful rain drops on the ground. As we look up ahead we are going to see a beautiful stream. Let’s walk up to that stream.

I’d like you pay attention to the sound as you walk towards the sound of stream. As the sound gets louder, the raindrops sound begins to fade into the sound of the stream. When we stand in front of the stream, we can hear the power of the stream. We can hear the softness of the water, feel the healing power that comes from the water. We can still hear very faintly the raindrops on our umbrella.

In this place let us gently close our eyes and breathe in this fresh wonderful air. As we breathe in new life in our hearts let us say “I am alive” and as we breathe out let us say in our hearts “thank you”. As we breathe in, “I am alive”, as we breathe out in our hearts let us simply say “thank you”. One more time, breathe in, “I am alive”. Final exhalation, breath out, “thank you”.

God and True Parents have blessed us with the blessing of life, to inherit the true love of God. True love is God’s essence, His divinity, the selfless love that brings even the worst enemy to natural surrender. If we can inherit this, we will be a greater blessing to our family, our community, city, nation and world. Let us join our hearts for prayer.

Opening Prayer by Rev. Kyle Toffey:

Dearest loving Heavenly Parents, we come before you today with anxious anticipation for this service and our time together, knowing that more than WE want to reach out and touch you, that YOU want to reach out and touch US.

Heavenly Father, we are coming from so many different places, not just from around the world, but from our stages of life and the situations that we are going through. You know us so well. So as we come here today, I really pray that each and every person here can hear Your voice, can get the guidance and the love that they need, in order to really truly be lifted up and joyful.

Heavenly Father, we are at such a precious time in human history where we can know You more. I really pray that today in this service we can make a joyful sound to You, that we can enthusiastically sing and pray and wish in our hearts that You come and visit us. If we do that, we know that You will indeed come.

We want to be a beacon of light that shines up to You, giving You hope and new inspiration. So as we participate in the service today, I really pray, Father, that Your presence can be felt by each and every one of us, that we can feel Your love, Your guidance and Your personal care for each and every one of us. Heavenly Father, we love You, we know that You love us. Let us have a great service today, really inspire each other and inspire YOU. We pray these things together as one family in our own names as Blessed Central Families, AJU.

Remarks about prayer by Hyung Jin Nim:

Thank you very much. Brothers and sisters, let’s take this time to pray. We want to pray for our special Abel Angels who helped us during this week. We want to pray they be with us next week. We want to always encourage them. We want to have a living relationship with people whom we love and who we know are caring for us. We want to take this time to pray for our Abel Angels. Abel Angel is the person you know is really caring for you in the spirit world. For me that is Young Jin Hyung, that’s my brother who is one year above me. I know he’s always with me, protecting me. I know he’s going to be with me this next week. Let’s take a little time for those special people who are still with us, who are still working on our behalf. Let’s take time to pray for them. Let’s pray together.

All these things we pray together with our brothers and sisters around the world and in the spirit world. We pray and offer our hearts in our names as blessed central families, AJU.

Thank you, brothers and sisters. It is really so important to include brothers and sisters who have passed (into spirit world), especially the ones that we know that are really with us. Many times we may feel alone, we may feel that we are walking this path by ourselves, but in those times it has brought me great comfort to know that my brother is with me in my personal life. He’s protecting me, guiding me. I’ve had certain experiences that really confirm that. I want to really include them into our lives, to be a part of our lives, we don’t want to forget them as time passes. They are so precious. Thank you so much for praying for them.

Let’s take time now to encourage the person next to you. If you came with your spouse, now is the time to see her with new eyes. Give her a big hug and say I love you three times. Encourage the person next to you.

Interesting story:

It was preaching time, and the preacher came up and was talking about forgiveness, forgiving your enemies. The preacher asked for a show of hands, “Who is ready to forgive your enemies?” About 50% of the congregation raised their hands, “I’m ready.” The minister continued on, about 20 minutes, and then asked again, “Who is now ready to forgive their enemies?” About 80% of the people, but there were a couple of people not raising their hands. He went on again for another 15 minutes, asked the question again, “Now who is ready to forgive their enemies?” EVERYBODY raised their hands except for one person. The person’s name was Mr. Jones. The preacher asked Mr. Joes “Are you not willing to forgive your enemy? Everyone here is will to forgive their enemies? Are you not willing to forgive your enemies?” Mr. Jones says, “I don’t have any enemies.” “Mr. Jones, this is very unusual,” the preacher said. “I know you’re 86 years old, it’s almost impossible to live your live without making a single enemy. Can you come up here and explain how you lived that long without making a single enemy, without having one enemy in the world.” Mr. Jones teetered up to the front and briefly explained, “It’s very easy. I’ve outlived them all!” Laughter.

True Parents Declaration:

These are my True Parents, the eternal King and Queen of Peace, and liberator of God’s Heart! They have saved me from my past. They have blessed my future, and they give True Love, Forgiveness and Happiness today and I choose to receive it! My mind is awake, my heart is open wide, and from this moment I change forever! In my own name, AJU!

Main Sermon:

Brothers and Sisters, I’d like to talk to you about standing up in faith. One of the keys to living the blessed life is being able to be skillful in overcoming our battles that we have from day to day, standing up when it’s right, when we need to.

We face battles everyday: getting up, going to work, our finances, our relationships; we even may be discriminated against at the workplace for being a Unificationist. We also face battles in our spiritual life, etc. These battles are many times not so much fights that we have to win, but problems that can be solved.

You only have a limited amount of energy per day. You can’t waste all your energy on fighting every single one of your inconveniences. Whenever somebody at the office is talking behind your back, or when somebody is saying something nasty, you can’t fight it all the time. We can’t ALWAYS go and confront everybody. God believes in us. This is one of the keys: God believes in us. Learning to be skillful and standing up at the right moment, learning when to stand up, this is one of the keys to the blessed life.

Let’s take a look at some of the world scriptures today. Christianity: Rom 8:35-39. “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, distress or persecution, or famine or nakedness or peril or sword (separate us)? No. In all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.” We see this in the Christian tradition. It is through the relationship to the divine that we are able to win over the tribulations, distress, persecution etc. that we have to endure many times in our life of faith. This relates not only to physical things, but to our spiritual life as well.

Let’s look at Islam, Koran, 3rd Suran. We’ll read that together: “If you persevere and ward off evil then that is of the steadfast heart of things.” Here again we see the importance of perseverance, of warding off the temptations, of being strong and overcoming battles, as a very important part of our life of faith.

We’ll take a look at Buddhism today. Lotus Sutra 13th verse: “For the sake of preaching the sutra, every hard thing we will endure. We will not love body nor life but care only for the supreme way.” Many people in the West think that Buddhism is just meditating and being peaceful, calm, etc, but there is a very strong emphasis on faith and also energy. Also effort is an extremely important component of Buddhism. For the sake of preaching this sutra, even the hard things we’ll have to endure, overcome those battles, overcome persecution, etc.

Let’s take a look at True Father’s words from “Standing up and being Brave”, Cheon Seong Gyeong, Unification Family Life, pg 249. “We must become new, but how must we become new? This morning you have to take a new stand by casting off your habitual faith of the past. You have to discard your attitude of life which dealt with the night, and absorb and digest this environment with the subject nature which is able to greet the new environment and the new spring.” This is such a beautiful quotation. Here again, we can relate this to the transition of indemnity period and the age of liberation and complete release, where we are really opening up a new era not only for our tradition, but for also the world, spiritually.

Standing up in our lives is really one of the keys in living a blessed life. Because there will be times when we have to stand up for ourselves. There will be times when we are overwhelmed by attack, and have to “choose our battles wisely” — everyone in parenting has heard this phrase.

Human beings get into conflict when they live together. This is almost inevitable. Scientists have said that this is a normal part of human evolution, that conflict in human society is inevitable. Violent conflict resolution however is not effective, and this should be avoided at all costs. But it is very important to be skillful in small things and to be able to choose when and when NOT to confront others or when or when not to even SAY something to others.

If every day while you are living with the kids you confront everything that doesn’t fit exactly what you think that child should do, or if the child confronts every single thing about the parent, this will create bitter enemies very quickly. You will scar each other very quickly. We will be lonely very quickly.

Learning when to step up and learning when to let things pass, this is a really important skill in living the blessed life. But on the other hand, if we don’t ever stand up for ourselves we can be taken advantage of; we can be continually stepped on. So learning this balance of when to let things go, when to not mind it so much, when to let it just bounce off you, and when to say “what a minute, that’s not fair”, this is one of the keys.

One of our boys was going to school. His name is Shin Man. He met this one guy in his class, much taller than him, and he was making fun of Shin Man, calling him Shin Man Doo. Shin means “new” and Man Doo means “dumpling”. “Hey ‘new dumpling’, how are doing?” Playing with his name. This was driving the boy insane; it was driving him really crazy, he didn’t want to go to school anymore, loosing all his energy to study, etc. He was really stressed about this, talking to us all the time about it, didn’t want to go to school anymore.

But he used a brilliant strategy. He used his head. The bully’s name was “Ko Tung Un”. So Shin Man one day thought of a nice strategy to discuss this issue with him. He said, “You know what, if you keep calling me Shin Man Doo, I’m going to call you Ko Tung Oh!” That’s actually a type of fish. Ko Tung Un is his name but Ko Tung Oh is a type of fish. “If you keep calling me “Man-doo” I’ll call you “fishy.” They made a peaceful agreement not to do this to each other. Now I heard last night they are the best of friends. I’m going to give it up for my boy today! Applause.

This is when Shin Man stood up. He approached this in a skillful way, approached this conflict resolution in a skillful way. He took a risk. He had to stand up. He could have been beaten up. Whatever situation could have happened, he took a risk to stand up, to believe in himself, to believe that he didn’t have to put up with (that he didn’t have to accept) somebody harassing him all the time. He said, “Enough is enough.” But he didn’t use violent means. I always teach my kids – and this is a principle we learn in martial arts all the time – that we don’t solve things by violent means. He used his intuition, his intelligence, used his skill to pull this off (to solve this). I was so proud to see this as his daddy, so proud. It inspired me to say, “You know what? Enough is enough, for me, too, in my own life!”

When we look at the Unification Church tradition, we can be bullied by thoughts in our mind. We can be bullied by thoughts that say, “You’ll never be really relevant in society. The Unification Church is really small; it’s not really that much of a voice. Unification tradition is really not that powerful, doesn’t have a really strong message; it doesn’t have a really strong teaching.”
We can be bullied by these kinds of thoughts that can ruminate in our minds. In fact, there are many people even in our community that repeat these things in their minds. I’ve heard it many times. But you know, I realized that enough is enough. I’m not going to believe that anymore. I’m not going to believe that our teaching doesn’t have any relevance or that it’s not appropriate for this age. I’m not going to believe anymore that we are going to be continually just criticized and always be sub-par. In my own mind, enough is enough. I am going to start believing, and just like Shin Man, stand up for my faith, stand up for the church that I represent, stand up for the teachings that we represent as a movement.

You know, I thought about it a little more. “I’m sick and tired,” I thought in my mind, “of being criticized as a cult, being slandered as a crazy religion, a new religion, etc. We are going to stand up to fight these bullies in our minds. Not with hot tempers, not by attacking and getting angry. This is not the way; but by faith and mind and patience, teamwork and truthfulness. These are the things that overcome this kind of discrimination.”

When we look at the Biblical tradition, we see all the stories from Moses – you know, he had to face the Pharaoh. He had to stand up and risk his life. He had to stand up to the most powerful man in that region. He had to ask him to free his people. Of course, he was rejected, but he had to continue to battle, continue to fight, to overcome and to free his people.

Joshua and Caleb, after Moses led them to the wilderness, had to enter into Canaan. They also had to fight for their tradition; they also had to stand up for themselves. They had to go in and defeat the kings of Canaan, so that they could achieve the promise that God had given them. This was not just merely problem solving in daily lives, but this was a real fight for their faith, for the identity, for their people. It was a struggle. They really had to put their necks on the line. This is a really important thing for the prophets: They really put their necks on the line, to stand up for their faith.

Every great historical figure – we can see – even the figures for non-violence, had to fight oppression and tyranny. Martin Luther King Jr. had to fight bigoted white supremacy and risked his life. He was assassinated. Gandhi had to fight against age old caste traditions, which were very hard to change. He had to challenge an oppressive government, risking his life. The current Dali Lama continues to fight by non violent means, continues to challenge the nation of China to free Tibet. He continues to fight for the progress of that nation.

When Kook Jin Hyung came to Korea, there was a huge battle here. It was a non violent fight. But he was trying to change the culture in our movement, change the culture of people trying to get into positions of authority, so that public funds could be used as private assets. This is not appropriate. He had to change this, he had to fight this. He was assaulted; they had demonstrations in front of his office saying “Go home!”

He said he fought this with transparency, with patience, by making real results, financial results, in the businesses, reporting with brutal honesty to Father. Even though it upset Father, he reported so brutally to Father at times that it would upset him. Kook Hyung had to go through this. He had to stand up for the Unification tradition because he wanted to see the church develop into something that the people he works with in the outside world could respect and look up to; because he wanted to see a tradition that is improving and becoming more transparent, becoming stronger as an organization. He invested himself, put his neck on the line.

In our own work of ministry, we’ve been doing this for a year and a half. Sometimes it feels like a huge battle trying to solve one problem after another in the organization, caring for the congregation. Many things have to be addressed in the organization, even trying to fight for the change of our image when people in society look at us as Unification tradition. This is a real battle. Whenever we do interviews, or discussing, people ask us hard questions. We are really trying to fight for the change of perception when people look at us.

Even when I was inaugurated as International President, I put my neck on the line. In front of Father I said, “We are a religion.” There was so much identity confusion in our church. We were confused: are we a family, are we a federation family, are we just an educational institution, or are we a religion? I said clearly, “We are a religion. This is what I believe. I studied religion. We have everything that a religion has. We have theology, liturgy, belief, cosmology, ritual, organization, etc. We have everything that a religion has. We are a religion.”

I believe that calling ourselves Unificationists, being proud of ourselves as Unificationists, is something that we don’t need to hide under a cover of the Family Federation or other names. We should be proud to be Unificationists.

This is important because this is showing transparency. This is showing that we believe in what we believe and that we are honest about what we believe that we don’t try to hide it, that we are proud of our religion, proud of our faith. Two years ago we were confused about what our identity was; we couldn’t stand up for our tradition. We didn’t know whether or not we were a religion, or what kind of tradition we were.

We had somehow come to believe that we were a federation that promotes conservative values. Something like a Steven Covey Institute. Or a John Gray true family education center. But we forgot that we believe that True Parents are the Messiah, the Lord of the Second Coming, the inheritor of God’s true love, the one chosen by God to fulfill the mission of Jesus Christ, the Savior. This is one of the central aspects of the Unification Church belief system. We forgot that we are to share this message with the world, the message about the True Parents of Humankind. We forgot that we are to create believers and filial children of True Parents for the growth of the Unification Movement as well.

Almost two years have passed, and I have seen an incredible transformation. I have seen people go from being complete doubters to becoming believers. People said, “We are not a religion, we passed that stage; that was in the past ages of the New Testament. Now we are in the Completed Testament.” But the people saying that became people who are proud of our religion as the Unification Church and sharing it. I’ve seen people say, “We will never be able to witness. Korean people will never be able to witness, we can’t be relevant, we can’t witness to Americans, it is so hard to witness.” But these people have become incredible witnessers.

I’ve seen people change from saying,”Tithing is completely useless” to becoming people who understand that tithing is a central faith practice, that tithing is supporting the community of the faithful as a central faith practice. I’ve seen people who doubted that the UC would do anything relevant in their lifetime, making a real impact as a religion, to becoming people who are standing up and fighting for UC to become recognized in the society and in the world as an honest, transparent, mature, professional, growing religion that truly empowers others to live and inherit the selfless true love of God.

I’ve seen people change from people who criticized Cheon Bok Goong. When Abonim first announced Cheon Bok Goong, it was, “Oh, a mega church, why do we need a mega church?” They became people who actually offered (donated) to the building of Cheon Bok Goong and see it as a symbol of hope and victory for our tradition, seeing it as something that can really move the nation. I’ve seen a great transformation in our lives, in the church work that we do. Even in the business groups and all the other areas, I’ve seen a tremendous change in the way we think about ourselves as Unificationists. I think this is really important.

Brothers and Sisters, what can we learn today? It is really a key to learn to choose our battles wisely in our life. These battles can be in daily life with our family, our friends, but they also can be in our life direction and purpose. If one is resorting to violence to win others, against others, this is very immature. This should be avoided at all costs. But choosing to stand up for yourself skillfully, this is important, just like my boy when he stood up to that child. I’m very proud that he stood up and did not let himself be a doormat to that person. People like Martin Luther King and Ghandi had to stand up for a great cause. They created history because of that.

In our own life as Unificationists, I do believe it is time for us to stand up as a religion, to stand up to say, “We WILL be here. We will not go away. We are going to keep growing, and we will be the tradition that is opening up a new era for the world.” We have to have the confidence to say, “Enough is enough!” We believe in our teaching, we believe that it has meaning, it has power. We believe that it is true.

I studied with a wonderful theologian when I was at Harvard. She was a brilliant professor, she taught me Christian theology. She was a fantastic woman. She was a theologian from Britain, just so intelligent. When I studied with her – she is an Anglican priest – she said that in doing ecumenical work she was asked the question whether or not she believed Christianity was the truth. Her answer was very clear: “I do believe it is true, that’s why I’m an Anglican priest.” I love that clarity that she expressed. She did not just fall under the weight of pluralism. She did not say, “It’s true relatively . . . ,” but she said, “I am an Anglican priest and I believe that it is true.” And she is teaching at Harvard. I found that very courageous and very brave. It actually changed my own expression of how I pursue and how I talk about Unification tradition as well. I also can profess that I believe it is true.
Brothers and Sisters, I believe that is one of the most important keys as we move forward, to really be able to stand up for our faith, not just for education or a program, but really as our religion, to be able to witness and share.

If we do that, I do believe that by standing up for our faith, being confident of who we are as Unificationists, being the best we can be in whatever work we do, whether as a lawyer, as a CPA, and truly are not shy to share we are Unificationists, I believe that we are advancing the Unification tradition. I believe that we are creating value for the community that our parents have shed their blood, sweat and tears for, and I believe that, if we do that, and stand up for our faith at this time, while we are moving towards the world temple, we will find ourselves definitely with more victory, with more illumination, with more peace and be a greater blessing for others.

If you receive the message, let’s give it up for God and True Parents. Applause.

Homeland Meditation Practice:

Let us now visualize ourselves not in this sanctuary. Let us visualize ourselves walking on a beautiful meadow in the middle of spring. We feel the weather is warm, the air is clear. We feel the softness of the earth, the steadiness, the support that we have from below.

As we look toward our left, we see a beautiful stream that is meandering down. We notice the beautiful birds that are bathing in that stream . . . flying away . . . flying towards the stream. Let us take a minute to listen to that stream, the sound of its story.
As you walk up ahead you see beautiful flowers blooming near a field. As you look towards the sky you see a beautiful blue sky . . . limitless and vast. As you look up ahead, you notice that True Parents are there waiting for us. Let us be seated in front of True Parents. True Father with his right hand, True Mother with her left hand, place their hands on top our heads. They give us their blessing. “May you inherit the true love of God,” they say. Allow that blessing to move from the top of your head all the way to the bottom of your feet. If there are any sick cells in our body, any stress cells, let them be completely healed and rejuvenated.
As you breathe in, in our hearts let us say “I’m alive”; as you breathe out let us say, “Thank you.” As you breathe in a second breath, say “I’m alive”; as you breathe out a second exhalation, “Thank you’”. Third inhalation, “I’m alive”; third exhalation, “Thank you”.

I will inherit the true love of God, true love which is God’s essence, His divinity, the divinity that is selfless, that can bring even the worst enemy to natural surrender. We’ll inherit that by living the blessed life. By inheriting the true love of God, we will become greater blessings to our world, our community, our city, our tribe and to our families. Let us now join our hearts in prayer.

Final Prayer by Hyung Jin Nim:

Heavenly Father, thank You so much for this day. Father, we pray that we may have strength and confidence in our minds. Father, in this most auspicious age You have prepared such an incredible historical course and providential course. You have prepared such an amazing truth for this world which is that we are to inherit the true love of God, that true love is Your essence and that we can actually inherit that. Not by selfish means and not by trying to become more powerful ourselves, but by selfless true love action that is able to bring the worst enemy to natural surrender.

Father, we know that if we are able to inherit this (love) we become Your object partner. We become those people who can share TRUE joy and true love with You. Father, we thank You so much for giving us this opportunity, because no longer are we separated from You forever as just the sinful human beings. Father, You have allowed us to realize the human potential that You gave us from the very beginning, and True Father and True Mother have allowed us to realize through the teachings of the principle, that we can actually receive Your divine value. Thank You so much for giving us this time.
We pray that we will be able to be strong, we may be wise in our lives, we may not be haughty or arrogant, or go forth and scream and attack people. Father, let us be wise and patient, let us be always working on our inner selves, to truly substantiate Your true love, Your selfless actions. Let us become better each day even just a little bit. That’s a great victory. Father, we thank You.

We want to stand up in this age. We don’t want to keep sitting down, and we know we are standing here because of Your grace. We know we want to get forward, too, and really be able to establish CIG here, so we can bring tremendous joy to You, and You can establish Your kingdom here on earth. Father, we thank You so much for this day that You have offered to us. We want to go forward this day, leaving the sanctuary with a new strength, with a new confidence in ourselves as Unficicationists, with a new belief in our faith, (believing) that we can share this and that it is attractive.

Father, there are so many new people being witnessed to today. Let us see that as evidence that our faith is attractive in this age. Thank You so much. Give us the confidence, give us the strength, let us not be held down by the weight of bullies in our mind or in our physical presence. But let us be strong, let us be wise, let us always be true to You. Thank You so much. We pray that You may give us strength once more. We offer all the glory and thanks, in our own names as Central Blessed Families together as one family, AJU.

Transcribed by: Pamela Stein

Edited by: Rev. Bruno Klotz


Rev. Hyung Jin Nim's Interesting Story

May 21, 2009

Every time before we start the words, I would like to start with something little interesting. In the Divinity School, we would like to see the funniest side of religion. It is good to be able to laugh about yourselves once in a while.

I heard a story about an elderly man. He had a heart problem; he ended having had a heart by pass surgery. So he ended up in the care of the nuns. The nuns asked him, “How will you pay for this hospital bill?” And he said in a very raspy voice, “I have no health insurance.” They asked him again, “Well, do you have any money in the bank?” He said, “No money in the bank.” They asked him again, “Well, is there anybody who can help you?” And then he said, “I don’t have any relatives. The only person I have is a sister and she’s alone and lonely. She’s a nun.” And the nun said to him, “We are not alone and we are not lonely for we are married to Almighty God.” And at that he said, “Then send the bill to my brother-in-law.” (Everybody laughing and applauding).

Sermon: Self empowerment for God / May 24, 2008


Rev. Hyung Jin Nim's Closing Prayer

May 21, 2009

Heavenly Father we thank You for this day that You have blessed upon us. We know that You are here in our presence, directing our lives and You are guiding our steps. Father we know that is it not necessarily on our own timetable that things will come to pass, but we know that You will have a time frame that is operating, Father. We know that You will bring each and every one of the dreams that You have placed in our hearts to fruition. Father let us hold true to those dreams, let us not let anyone or anybody steal those dreams from our hearts. Let us hold true, move forward with hope and become all that You have wished us to become.

Heavenly Father thank You for this day. If until now there are any wrong doings that we wish to repent before You let us take this time to truly, Father, apologize for such wrong doings. Father we pray that You will bless us with Your forgiveness, with Your love, Father, that You will make us the palace of your life, Your love, and Your lineage.

Father bless each and everyone of the families here gathered with us thoughout the world. We pray these things in all of our names, in unison as blessed central families,
Aju!

Sermon: God holds our time / May 17, 2008


Seasons of Change

May 19, 2009

May 9, 2009, Headquarters’ Church Seoul Korea

You see, brothers and sisters, it’s important that when we’re in these seasons, to understand they are impermanent, they do pass, and to remember that this season is for growing, for planting, and that harvest is coming around the corner. When we do that, we will be able to overcome the Canaans in our life, the giants in our life, the obstacles, the challenges, because the power of this kind of thinking, of this kind of heartistic quality is stronger than any of those challenges.

Welcome Remarks:

Yeon Ah Nim:

Good afternoon brothers and sister! (Good Afternoon)
It is really great to see you. Today we have a glorious day outside. I hope you have a blessed and beautiful week. We are always grateful to have you with us, and for those who are joining with us via internet, we are also grateful to have you here with us.

Welcome brothers and welcome sisters. You see, brothers and sisters, it’s important that when we’re in these seasons, to understand they are impermanent, they do pass, and to remember that this season is for growing, for planting, and that harvest is coming around the corner. When we do that, we will be able to overcome the Canaans in our life, the giants in our life, the obstacles, the challenges, because the power of this kind of thinking, of this kind of heartistic quality is stronger than any of those challenges.

Hyung Jin Nim:

Welcome brothers and sisters! Good to see you all!

Today we’d like to start with Cheon Seong Gyeong page 1298. Father says, “The family is the representative training ground that teaches love for humanity. It is a representative place where the center of heart is established. When members of a family love and trust each other and live a life of happiness, the center of the whole universe is thus established. And everyone can enjoy happiness. This is the beginning of the ideal realm. There is no meaning to existence without love.”

Brothers and sisters, I love that one middle sentence: “When members of the family love and trust each other and live a life of happiness, the center of the whole universe is established.” It’s so important that we understand that. When we hear Father say something like this, we can see that he is really centering everything on true love, which is selfless, which exists for the sake of the others in the family. When family members reach that level of maturity, when they are able to give and receive that kind of love, then we can trust each other naturally. We become trustworthy. And when that happens then the family becomes the center of the universe, the beginning of the ideal realm. And once again Father reminds us that there’s no meaning to existence without this kind of true love.

Brothers and sisters, it’s so important to understand that whenever we are creating the ideal family, sometimes we may feel, “Hey, you’re supposed to be trusting me, loving me.” But we have always to remember the Principle. Everybody has their 5% responsibility to truly LIVE the life of true love. That is to actualize it, that is to live for the sake of the others in the family. When that happens then that person is trustworthy. That person naturally receives so much love. And that’s really what Father’s key teaching is today, and really it’s the key to the whole Principle, to the whole teaching.
Brothers and sisters, this quote, in a nut shell, really exemplifies (really tells us), “Inherit the true love of God!” The entire Principle is in that one sentence. If you just remember that, you will understand Principle. Just understand, “Inherit the true love of God!” That’s Father’s entire teaching. Very simple, very powerful.

Brothers and sisters, our hope is that during service we’re able to inherit that true love, that we’re able to inherit that true love in our families, that kind of true love. When we actualize that, that’s the beginning of the ideal world. That’s what our Father says.
Brothers and sisters, we hope that we can start with the right heart here in this service and that we’re able to then bring the blessings, the training, the practice, into our lives. We do believe that if we go with that kind of heart, we’ll definitely find ourselves with more victory this coming week. We’ll get more things done this coming week. God will bless us in a whole new way. If you believe it, let’s give it up to God one time. (Applause)
Once again, welcome to service. Let’s have a great service. Return the glory and joy to God and True Parents today. Welcome once again.

Yeon Ah Nim’s Message:

Yesterday, there was Parents’ Day in Korea (national holiday), so we also went to Cheong Pyeong to offer flowers to True Parents and a little gift. As we offered flowers to True Parents, they said, “Oh, actually we already got flowers!” “Ah, okay.” They showed us the flower basket that was actually given by their grandchildren. It was a paper flower basket, and I could see the flowers a little bit crooked and not perfect, but Parents were so happy and proud to show us what they received from their grandchildren.

And at that moment I remembered what Dr. Fauntroy said when he was in Headquarter Church, “We all become once an adult, and twice a child.” So maybe that’s why probably they have this emotional and heartistic connection, and it was so wonderful to see.

Brothers and sisters, True Father said, “Our relationship with God is a parent child relationship, and in order to experience God’s love, it is really wonderful to attend your physical parents, if they are in the spirit world; because they are Abel spirits. Just like in my case: My physical mother is in the spirit world. It is equally important to attend to your parents when they are in the physical world. So please, call them and please write them letters, and please visit them before it’s too late.
Brothers and sisters, I love you so much, and we believe in you. Aju!

Opening Prayer by Rev. Michael Brazil:

Our Heavenly Father, our Heavenly Mother, we thank You for this beautiful day that You have given to us, for the love that You shower upon us, for the love that envelops us, holds us up, strengthens us, encourages us, gives us hope, belief, faith.
We are so grateful that we are here, that we can be here. We thank You from the bottom of our hearts that You have blessed us, that we know what we know. And we pray that that knowledge will give us strength, that it will give us the power, the heart, the love, the love that would be able to embrace and envelop ourselves, our families. And then it will be able to grow and reach out to our tribe, our clan, our city, community. It will be large enough to reach out and embrace our nation and even the world, and then, Heavenly Father, it would be large enough to embrace You, that You will feel embraced and loved. Imagine that, You being embraced and loved!

Heavenly Father, we want to become those kinds of sons and daughters. As yesterday, Parents’ Day was celebrated here in Korea, we want to honor You as our True Original Parents, thanking You for all the glory and gifts and honor that You have bestowed upon us. But we want to turn around and give it all back to You and thank You, not just in words or thoughts, but even more powerfully in our deeds.

We want to invite You to be here today. We want to welcome You into our hearts so that You will feel truly welcomed. Again, we thank You so deeply. We ask that You be here with us, that our hearts might be open to hear Your word today, so that we can become even better sons and daughters, better brothers and sisters, better fathers and mothers, better grandfathers and grandmothers or grandsons and granddaughters.
Again, we thank You, and we humbly offer all this to You, as Blessed Central Families from around the world, Aju!


Meditation practise:

Hyung Jin Nim’s words at the end:

God and True Parents have blessed us to live the blessed life. Through the blessed life we are to inherit the true love of God, a love that is selfless, that can even bring the worst enemy to natural surrender. Through inheriting that true love let us become greater blessings, individually, to our families, to our communities, to our nations and our world.

Remarks about prayer by Hyung Jin Nim:

Brothers and sisters, it’s so really important to remember that God is our ever-present helper in time of need, and He is there and He is truly hoping for us to become everything that He has placed within us.
One thing is really remarkable about Father’s way of prayer. One thing, that Father discovered about God, is very amazing. It is that God, just like our Pastor Brazil prayed, needs consoling. How happy He must be when He has children who can give it back to Him, all that love, all that care, when He can receive that back from His children. How amazing that is!

Sometimes in our life – we talked about this a couple of weeks ago – we will feel the need for help other than from our physical friends around us. But many times we may feel that God is very distant and very far away. We may even feel sorry to ask God, because we understand His suffering that He had to endure.

In our lives – we talked about it two weeks ago – we have people that God prepares for us. We have relationships that He has set in motion, that He has prepared. And these relationships are not only physical . And those are our Abel angels, like our guardian angels – we talked about that. We all have somebody who loves us, who – we know it – is absolutely there for us. That person maybe has passed away into spirit world. For me it is my brother, one year older than me. I know he loves me. I know he is there. I know he’s present, I know he’s caring for me, he’s protecting me.

Brothers and sisters, it’s so important to remember these friends that we have. They may be your mom or dad that are in spirit world, maybe your grandfather, maybe your uncle or aunt. But these Abel angels, these Abel good spirits, these friends, are so relevant, because in our life we can’t do everything alone. We need to understand that we can lean on friends and ask some help. It’s very important to understand.

Brothers and sisters, today I really do believe, every one of you, as you live your week, as you take your kids to school, as you go about your business, do your work and raise your children, I do believe your Abel angel is guarding you, protecting you. She or he is with you, making sure that car doesn’t swerve and hit, making sure that you have the right person to meet that day. That’s a great friend.

Brothers and sisters, I want to take this time of prayer just to acknowledge that friend. We want to give that friend some encouragement. When I’m praying to Young Jin Hyung, just thanking him for being with me and comforting me this week, this is really important because Father teaches us that when we pray for our brothers and sisters in spirit world, we help them grow spiritually.

So brothers and sisters, I want to take that time today. Let’s take this time to pray. Let’s pray with our Abel angels today. They’re with us. Let’s pray that they will be with us this week. Let us pray and ask them to be with us for the next week. Let’s take this time to pray for our Abel angels. Let’s take time!

(Everyone prays, Hyung Jin Nim prays with low voice)

Before the end of the unison prayer

Hyung Jin Nim prays with loud voice:

Thank You so much! We know you guys are with us. We know that the Abel angels are protecting and guiding us. Heavenly Father, thank You for sending them to be with us, for allowing these everlasting relationships to endure in spirit world, beyond physical life. We thank You and pray all these things together with our Abel good spirits, Abel angels, in our names. Aju!

More remarks of Hyung Jin Nim about prayer:

It is so important, I cannot tell you how important it is to remember those very precious loved ones who are in the spirit world. We can get very busy during the week and kind of forget them. But it is so important to remember that they are with us, that they are helping us.

True Father says that when they are in the spiritual world and working with with Hyo Jin Nim, Heung Jin Nim, Young Jin Nim etc, that they work with the authority of God.

So let us remember those brothers and sisters who are with us, those Abel angels. They are sent to help us. This is a really great source of comfort for myself. I am always so grateful for this, particularly for my brother Young Jin Hyung who is always looking after me. I am so grateful.

Thank you so much for praying for those Abel angels, brothers and sisters.


Interesting story:

Before we start sharing words, I always like to start with something a little interesting. I heard a story about a little grandson that asks his granddaddy. He said, “Grandpa, is it true that everybody who didn’t ride on Noah’s boat died?” And the grandpa said, “Yeah, that’s what the Bible says, dear.” And then the little grandson said, “Grandpa, were you on Noah’s boat?” Grandpa said, “No honey, I’m not that old. I wasn’t on the boat.” The grandson said, “Then, why are you alive?”


Hyung Jin Nim’s Sermon:

Brothers and sisters, today I’d like to talk to you about “Seasons of change.”In order to live the blessed life it is so important to understand that all things move in seasons. In life there will be times where the seasons are slow, where improvement seems slow, where progress and success and victory seem slow. But when you get out of that season, all of a sudden you find yourself with supernatural increase and supernatural success. Supernatural victory starts coming your way.
You see, God always moves life through the seasons so that we can reach our full potential that He has given to us. Understanding that a slow season doesn’t last forever and that a slow season eventually always comes to an end, and keeping enthusiastic about the next season of harvest that’s coming, is one of the keys to living the blessed life.

Let’s take a look at some of these World Scriptures today:

We’re going to look at Judaism- Christianity, Psalm 102: 25-27. Let’s read that together, “Of old thou didst lay the foundation of the earth, and the heavens are the work of thy hands… they will all wear out like a garment, thou changes them like raiment, and they pass away. But thou art the same.”

Again we see that everything that has been created by God, including the earth, this temporal world, is subject to change. They change like the seasons, like garments, the Psalms tell us.
Let’s take a look at Islam today, the Koran 55th Sutra. We’re going to read that together. Let’s all read that together, “All that is on the earth will perish, but will abide forever the face of the Lord” (Qur’an 55: 26-27). Again we see the temporal world is subject to change, subject to impermanence, subject to diminishing. But behind that, there is the face of the Eternal. There is something that is unchanging.

Let’s take a look at Buddhism today. This is the Diamond Sutra, 32nd verse. We’ll read that together, “By detachment from appearances abide in Real Truth. So I tell you, thus shall you think of all this fleeting world, a star at dawn, a bubble in a stream, a flash of lightning in a summer cloud, a flickering lamp, a phantom, a dream”. Once again we see that in Buddhism one of the key teachings is impermanence, the notion that everything is subject to change and that our lives are like a fleeting star, or a passing bubble in the stream, etc.

Let’s center on True Parents’ words. This is the 66th book page 181. Let’s read it together, “If we look at the whole year, we can see that together with the seasons everything else is also changing. Therefore not only nature has the potential to change, but everything else, too. Even in one day we can see something similar to the change of the seasons.” Once again we understand that everything is subject to change in this temporal world.

But brothers and sisters, let us remember that not all seasons are harvest seasons. When we live our life we would like to have the continual success and the continual fruition, the continual blessings and continual abundance. But you see, life does not work out that way, and God does not prepare us in that fashion. Not all seasons are harvest seasons. You see, just like a seed, there are planting seasons, and then the seed needs to be nurtured. It needs to have time to germinate and to spread its roots down, and then it needs to mature, and then it’s ready for harvest. In other words, it has to go through the respective seasons in order for it to reach its full potential.

And if we get anxious and we get frustrated and try to go against nature and harvest ungerminated plants or immature crops, what we will get are crops that are inedible. They taste horrible, and they are totally not nutritious. They haven’t reached their full potential. You see, in order for the crop to reach its full potential, it has to go through the different stages that lead up to harvest. And in order for that crop to have fruition in that season of harvest, patience and faith must be there. See, one must believe and know that after the crop goes through the necessary seasons that it will, without a doubt, bloom and ripen into that beautiful harvest.

See, it’s the same in our lives. When we are in a growth season, we can’t blame God or others for not having a harvest season. See, this only prolongs the harvest season, or jinxes it, kind of curses the harvest season that God is preparing for us. The more we say things like, “Oh, this is all my luck! I always get the bad fortune. I knew it would happen to me like this!” the more we do that, the more we are showing God that we are not ready to receive His blessing, that we are not ready to receive His harvest.

But if we turn it around and we start thinking in a different way, we start thanking Him for planting us, “God, You planted us. I may not be in a harvest season now, but I am in a planting season. I’ve been planted. Thank You, God! You see I’m germinating right now. I’m putting my roots down. I’m being nourished. I’m growing through the season. Thank You, God, for letting me grow in the season.”

See, when we show this kind of strength and this kind of fortitude, God is already getting ready to bless us. His hands are already getting tickly. He wants to start blessing us. He knows we are mature enough to start actualizing, receiving those blessings.
There was once a story that I heard about a rich man who approached his master. He approached the master and said, “Master, please write down something for me, that will encourage the prosperity, fortune, and happiness of my family and my descendants to come. And this would be something that the family would cherish for generations and generations.” On a large piece of paper, that master wrote the following phrase, “Father dies, son dies, and grandson dies.”The rich man was so angry, so angry, “Why are you writing me something like this? I asked you to write something down that would give me happiness and prosperity for my descendants. Why do you write something so depressing, Master?”

And the master replied like this, “If your son died before you this would bring unbearable grief to your family. If your grandson should die before your son, this also would bring tremendous sorrow and misfortune to your family. If your family, generation after generation, passes away in the order that I have written, this shows happiness and prosperity to your family!” (Applause) Oh! You like that one! The master spoke.

You see, all seasons happen naturally. Sometimes we don’t realize that naturalness is the greatest blessing. The winter is a natural season, and that is actually a blessing. Through this natural flow (of seasons) blessings and prosperity come in the harvest season. We know that after winter always spring will come.

If we are enduring a winter right now, we’ve got to quit jinxing ourselves by saying, “It’s never going to get any better. I am over now. Oh! My friend told me I’m over now!” We have to stop believing those things, and we have to start believing in a different way. We have to start saying, “God is preparing my spring. God is preparing a new season for me. I may be in a growth season now, I may be in a planting season now, but God is going to preserve a harvest season for me; He is preparing that for me.”
You see, when Joshua and Caleb led the Israelites into the land of Canaan, God told them in the Biblical story to circle the walls of Jericho. He said, “Do it seven times.”If you’ve been around Jericho, it’s kind of big. It’s not like this sanctuary where you can do seven rounds in maybe a couple of minutes. Jericho! It’s going to take you at least seven hours to do seven rounds around that city, OK?

And then, as the Biblical story says, after circling the city seven times they were supposed to shout a holy shout, and that holy shout was supposed to make the walls crumble.
And that’s how they entered into the land of Canaan. And notice, by circling and having faith, but then by expressing and declaring that faith, shouting for the Lord’s promise, the walls came down with the expression of that faith. You see, they had to express it, they had to declare it; this shout had the holy power in it. It had the declaration power to shake the foundations of what Jericho had become. It had become a fortress.

You see, in life, brothers and sisters, it’s the same thing. We have to remain faithful to God’s promise when we are circling around our Jerichos, our obstacles, our circumstances. And you think about how the Israelites may have doubted God or thought, “This is crazy! It’s not going to work. We are circling this thing for 3 hours. There’s no way this thing is going to work 4 hours later. I don’t know what Joshua and Caleb are thinking. This is not going to happen. We’re going to shout. We see these walls; they’re so hard and big. There is no way these things are going to come tumbling down!”

And before they entered the land of Canaan, before they went there, they were already scared, “There’re giants in there!” But now as they’re walking around the walls, think about how much more intimidating that is! They can feel the presence of those giants inside the walls of Jericho. Maybe the giants were up on the wall, shouting and screaming and throwing rocks at them. That’s even more scary!

And now I want you to just imagine how long each round must have felt. Each round took maybe an hour to do, an hour and a half, but think about how mentally taxing that must have been to keep concentrating on the Lord’s promise, to keep concentrating on the promise that God had given, “It’s going to be a better day.” Think about how hard that must have been walking around this city, with violent people up on the wall, with giants throwing stones.

You see, they had to concentrate; they had to remind themselves, “You know what? God is bigger than this problem. He is bigger than Canaan; He is bigger than these giants that are inside it. He is bigger than my challenge.” And then they had to practice believing it. They had to believe it for the rounds rounds that they made around the city, and then on the 7th round they declared it. They said it after having believed, and they shouted. And this faith brought down the walls, the story says.

And this kind of power, this kind of holy power, the power that we have when we truly believe and we truly declare, this is the same power that allowed the Israelites to have those supernatural miracles. It has the same supernatural, miraculous power when we use it in our own life that God is preparing for us. And see, if God could do it for THEM, He can surely do it for US, and this is one of the things to remember.

You know, whenever we do interviews the reporters ask me this question – they know I shaved my head, when I studied Buddhism, when I was studying religions, etc – so they always ask me, “What appealed to you about Buddhism? You come from a Protestant Christian background – you know Unification tradition is from a Protestant background – you studied at a Catholic university for two years, and then you studied Buddhism. What appealed to you about Buddhism?”

And I have a very simple answer, because it’s the true answer. I tell them that the Buddhist teaching that truly helped me was the teaching of impermanence, that change is natural and a normal course of existence. You see, we all grow old and we all die one day, and this is natural. Understanding this is not like a pessimistic view, not a depressing, negative worldview. It’s actually quite liberating; it’s actually quite freeing. Because one realizes how short and actually how precious the life we have is. One can go at any second, and if one really, truly understands and is enlightened to this truth of impermanence, then it compels one to try to be the best, not yesterday, not tomorrow, but every day, today.

I struggled so much when Young Jin Hyung passed away. This was a winter season for me, a big winter season. And in this period I inherited his books. He was studying at Columbia, and he was studying Asian religions and I started reading those books. And by radically accepting the truth of impermanence, the truth that everything changes, and that we all pass away one day, and realizing that I, too, will die one day, I felt compelled to find deeper meaning in my life. I felt compelled to train myself to find deeper meaning.

Realizing that I could die at any time helped me to appreciate the value of a single breath of air – when we are meditating, we focus on the breath – the value of my wife, of spending time with her, the value of my children, of being able to train and spend time together, the value of friends that I have around me, trustable friends. Once I started shifting this worldview, the annoying things like the kids crying and complaining, “I don’t want to go to school! I don’t want to do this! Don’t change my diaper!” all these kinds of things, became the sounds of life, beautiful sounds.

Traffic and other annoyances – I did drive from Boston to New York all the time – traffic was so annoying, frustrating. Getting into Boston you get tons of traffic. And this used to cause me tremendous stress, frustration and anger. But then all of a sudden, once I understood the notion of impermanence, once I understood how precious actually this life is, the traffic became quite a blessing.
If you ever get stuck in traffic the next time, I would like you to practice this one exercise. When you are in traffic the next time, look up in front of you. You’ll see all these cars. I’m sure you understand that. But then look more closely. You’ll notice that each car is a beautiful little face that’s smiling at you. You’ll see the little tail lights as the eyes, you’ll see the little bumpers as a smiley face. And all of them are different. Every single car has a different happy face, and they are encouraging you as you are in traffic, ”Don’t get angry, you don’t need to. Don’t get frustrated, you don’t need to. You are alive. See, my happy face is telling you that.”Try that the next time you are in traffic.

See, once this shift occurred in my mind, once I understood the nature of impermanence, the preciousness of life, then slowly things started to change. Slowly this winter season started to give rise to a spring season, and a new hope began to emerge in my heart. You see, instead of remaining dark, cold, angry and bitter at life and bitter at God for stealing my brother, or whatever, accepting impermanence let me be grateful for life, and let me be grateful for the time I HAD with Young Jin Hyung – that was 21 years – grateful for all the great teachings he gave me, the memories he taught me, grateful for all the tough times and the good times we had together.

By accepting impermanence I became grateful, and by becoming grateful I stopped trying to blame somebody else for my pain. When I did that I learned to let go. When I learned to let go, I became free. This freed me from the suffering, and now this winter season was not so much winter any more.

I was now free to discover the preciousness of life, free to discover the preciousness of the people that I lived with and maybe took for granted, too, the preciousness of this one in a lifetime chance to live. And I can testify that God did supernaturally change that winter season. He changed my season.

When I started thinking and declaring differently, when I was walking around Jericho, I had to start concentrating, I had to start thinking differently, declaring differently.

And this really reminds me of a story that True Father experienced. When he was crossing the 38th parallel – this was decades ago – Father was escaping for his life, he was fleeing from North Korea. He’s been imprisoned multiple times there because of no freedom of religion. As Father was now crossing the 38th parallel, he cannot take too many supplies because he has to bring one of his disciples. And he decides to bring the disciple; he decides to pull the disciple on a bicycle across the parallel where it’s flat. But as you know of the Korean landscape and geography, it’s so mountainous, it is so mountainous! It’s not like near New York City or something like that. It’s extremely mountainous.

And so when Father had to cross the big mountains in Korea, on his way down to the South, then he had to give this guy a piggyback ride. He actually had to carry this man through the different places. I love what Father said here. Think about him in this situation. He’s been persecuted, he’s been chased out. He could think God had left him. He could think, “It’s all over!” He could say, “Oh! Just my luck! Another winter season. I have to carry this fool on my back! “He could be thinking like that, but Father chose to think in a different way. He said, “As I hold you, I hold humanity.” I love that! He said, “As I hold you on my back, and I carry you on top of the mountains, I carry with me humanity.” I love that! He decided to be truly a victor and not a victim in that stage.

And that man promised Father, “Father, I will never leave you. I’m going to be with you to the end. I’m going to stick with you through thick and thin. I will be there when you pass to the spiritual world. I will never betray you!” This is what the man promised to Father. Of course, during the course of life, the man did leave Father. He did end up leaving Father.
And Father spoke about this, how much pain he felt. How much betrayal he felt from the person that he actually suffered for, physically endured for, who promised him out of his own mouth, that he would never leave him. He betrayed Father. How painful that was! But once again, Father decided to use this winter and to see it in another way, to see it as a natural process that God is training him for, to see his heart being able to become bigger, to understand God’s love and suffering more. And this is how Father overcame these obstacles. For me this is a very powerful example of how our thinking and how our practice begins to shape our life.

Brothers and sisters, what can we learn today? You know, there are seasons in our life. We must get through the seasons to get hardiness, to prepare for new growth. And if you want the harvest, you’ve got to go through the different seasons to get to that harvest. See, when we are in the seasons that are difficult, the seasons that are growth seasons or planting seasons, it may seem like they never end. “It just doesn’t end. I did it yesterday, I’m doing it today. It’s not going to end!”
But brothers and sisters, we have to understand, just as that master wrote, that things move in their natural course. It’s important that we don’t start jinxing our harvest that’s coming on its way, but start encouraging it to come, by declaring, “Yes, I am ready for it. Yes, I’m mature for it. Yes, I’m moving towards it.”

You see, check out the world today. You see the world? We were just talking to brothers and sisters in Kuri during the week – you know a thousand members from Japan came here to listen to the Principle lectures- and Kook Jin Hyung now spoke about how the world is really in an economic collapse. “We see that in America with the mortgage collapse, we see that in Japan that has the biggest negative growth in all of Japan’s economic history,” he said. So the world is under economic collapse, swine flu is on the verge of this pandemic status – this is what they’re saying – religious warfare everywhere, nuclear power has the potential to destroy the world several times over, we all heard that a million times.

We are in a world winter, but God is preparing a new season for this world. He is preparing the new spring for this world. And I do believe that as we move to the growth stage of Cheon Bok Goong, and as we move to the perfection level world temple, I believe and I declare that UC will be leading this season into the new spring. Let’s give it up for UC, brothers and sisters! (Applause) God is preparing something special for us to do.

You see, brothers and sisters, it’s important that when we’re in these seasons, to understand they are impermanent, they do pass, and to remember that this season is for growing, for planting, and that harvest is coming around the corner. When we do that, we will be able to overcome the Canaans in our life, the giants in our life, the obstacles, the challenges, because the power of this kind of thinking, of this kind of heartistic quality is stronger than any of those challenges.

See, if we move forward like this, I do believe we will absolutely find ourselves with more victory, more illumination and more peace, and we will live that blessed life, inheriting the true love of God and being a blessing to this world.
If you receive it, let’s give it up for God and True Parents today! (Applause)

Ending of Hyung Jin Nim’s Final Meditation:

True Parents have blessed us to live the blessed life, to truly be able to inherit the true love of God, a true love that is selfless, that exists for the sake of others, and that can bring even our worst enemy to natural subjugation. Let us become inheritors of that true love and become greater blessings to this world.

Hyung Jin Nim’s final prayer:

Heavenly Father, True Parents, thank You so much for bringing us here today. Father, we understand that in the age of liberation You have done an incredible thing, and True Parents have liberated You from your thousands of years of loneliness. Father, we know that many religions and many ideologies have seen You as the almighty, all powerful deity, who has all power and control, who can do all things, who’s created all the universe. Father, we have understood that through the courses of time.

But Father, True Parents have enlighted us to a new realisation, that is the fact that, Father, although You may have been powerful, You have been completely alone. Thousands and millions of fans, but no one to share your heart! Father, we understand how important that is (sharing heart), and that that is your purpose in creating the whole existence.

Father, let us inherit this true love, Your true love which is Your essence and Your divinity. Let us inherit the true love that is selfless, and Father, that can bring our worst enemies to natural subjugation. Let us inherit that true love and, Father, we know that through that we will become your true object partners, and we will be able to truly receive and give joy and love back to You.

We thank You so much, Father. We hope that we may understand that all things are impermanent. Things in this temporal world change, but Father, Your love, Father, Your hope in us – we realize today – does not change. We thank You so much. We pray that we can remain mature in our planting seasons, and in our growing seasons, Father, and that we may always remain enthusiastic about our lives, as we press forward to our harvest seasons. Father, we know You are preparing them for us, and we know You are greater than any of our challenges that are facing us today.

Father we pray that if there are any Canaans, that are facing our brothers and sisters here today or those that are joining us via the internet from around the world, we pray that You may truly give them confidence this day. Let them know, Father, that You are with them, let them know that the Able spirits are with them, and Father, let us know that we WILL overcome, in True Parents’ names, we will.
And we pray this altogether, in the names of our central blessed families, together as one family, one unified Unification family, together as one. Aju!

Transcribed by: Beatrice Clyburn / Cathy Quebral
Proofread & Polish by: Prof. Robin Debacker / Rev. Bruno Klotz


Rev. Hyung Jin Nim's Interesting Story

May 16, 2009

Today we have the story of a man who called heaven’s cell phone, and this is the voice mail that he got, “Thank you for calling heaven. I am sorry, all our angels and saints are busy helping other sinners right now (laughter). However, your prayer is very important to us, and we will answer it in the order that it was received. Please stay on the line.

If you would like to speak to God, press 1 (laughter), Jesus, press 2, The Holy Spirit, press 3. If you would like to hear King David sings a psalm while you are holding, press 4. To find a loved one who has been assigned to heaven, press 5, and then enter his or her social security number followed by the pound sign. If you get a negative response please hang up and try area code 666. For reservations in heaven please enter JOHN 3:16. For answers to nagging questions about dinosaurs, the age of the earth, life on other planets or where Noah’s arc is, please wait until you arrive (laughter). If you are calling after hours and need emergency assistance, please contact your local pastor.

Sermon: Having Victory in our Relationships / September 6, 2008


Rev. Hyung Jin Nim's Opening Prayer

May 16, 2009

Heavenly Father, True Parents!

Thank You for this day that You have blessed upon us. We are standing here at the beautiful turn of Your new season. We are expecting new seasons in our lives today, new seasons of change, new seasons of abundance, of growth, of maturity, of success and victory.

Father, these beautiful seasons and the transformations that You bring in our lives! Let us offer the glory back to You and True Parents. Heavenly Father, we are here together as blessed central families and we are here connected with all our families across this world, giving You glory and offering our thanks and gratitude for this day. Heavenly Father, we pray that today at the start of this new beautiful autumn season, we will, in these next months, as this season moves and moves into the next season, find ourselves with more blessing and more victory, more illumination and peace, that we will be able to give to others the blessings that we are receiving from You. Let us be a blessing to this world.

Thank You so much for all the things that You are doing for us. We pray that Your heavenly hand of protection and Your heavenly hand of blessing may be with each and every of the families that are here today and (with) those who are joining with us from across the ocean via internet.

Father, please be with our Unification families, give them strength, lift them up and let them believe in the people that You have created them to become. Thank You so much for all that You have done. We pray that today we may have a great service where we can offer You victory and joy and our brightness, and may You truly feel happiness this day.

Thank You so much once again! We offer our thanks with an everlasting love and deep gratitude. We pray these things in True Parents’ name, in True Families’ name and with all blessed families together in our blessed central families’ name together. Aju!

Sermon: Returning to your safe Haven / September 13, 2008


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