September 20, 2008, Chungpadong, Seoul, Korea
Whether we realize it or not, we are always sharing something with other people. But what we share, will determine what we get back in our lives. If we are negative, if we curse others, if we blame others and are jealous of others, then this is what we will receive. We will receive jealousy; we will receive revenge, etc. But if we wish for others to give us smiles, we have to first give others smiles. If we wish to receive help and encouragement, we must first give encouragement and help to others. If we wish to receive grace, we must in our lives show grace and give grace as a habit. If we wish to receive forgiveness, then we must also share forgiveness with those who need it. If we wish to receive health, we must also help those who are sick.
Yeon Ah Nim:
Good afternoon brothers and sisters.
It has already been two months since the helicopter miracle and we are truly grateful that True Parents’ health is now rapidly getting better. I believe right now they are on the way to go to the airport to go to Alaska to deal with World Mission, so during the service today I ask you to gather your hearts in prayer for their safe return to Korea.
We are always, always honored to have you here in this sanctuary so that we can worship together, we can pray together and we can have community together, and we cannot forget our UC members that are joining with us via internet, we are also welcoming you as well. Welcome brothers and welcome sisters.
Rev. Hyung Jin Nim:
Welcome brothers and sisters!
Today, I would like to share with you from Cheong Seong Gyung page 998. Father speaks about himself, he says, “Because I knew that God was such a lonely and isolated being, I have gone forth known that my mission until the day that I die was to fulfill even a portion of God’s will and desire, to expand a foundation in at least one field and gather together those who can live for the sake of God. It is because I was born as God’s son and because I felt myself responsible for establishing His will that I have persevered until now with love. Even though I was persecuted and even though I was beaten, I endured all these without taking revenge. Even as I fought my way forward, staggering or crawling on my belly, I always thought about how to set up this tradition and bequeath it to this world.”
Brothers and sisters, when we hear those passages we can see the type
of determination that True Father had from the very beginning. When he
was going through all the persecution and difficulty, the tribulations,
the doubts, the fear, in the beginning, he had this kind of heart,
investing himself fully and being able then to bequeath the tradition
to this world. We stand upon that amazing foundation in this new age
of liberation. We stand upon that amazing foundation that our brothers
and sisters also walk (build) with True Parents.
Brothers and sisters, it is always so important that whenever we come
to service we remember and re-connect to that type of heart. It
really is the center of what has allowed our tradition to flourish, to
become this great in this short time.
Brothers and sisters, today, as we begin service, let’s remember we are
not only here to observe service but we’re here to participate in
prayer, in song, in meditation, in words, etc. Let us truly offer this
day for the sake of all beings, all people, everywhere, especially our
Blessed Central Families all around this world and let us return this
glory back to God and True Parents.
Once again, brothers and sisters, welcome and let’s start with that right perspective in our hearts.
Welcome once again.