Rev. Hyung Jin Nim's Opening Prayer

March 27, 2009

Dear most beloved Heavenly Father, our most beloved True Parents,

We thank You for gathering us today in this holy sanctuary where our True Father had cried so many of his sermons, his words of tears. Father, we are so grateful that we may be gathered here as a family, Father, to honor You and to bring joy to You. We are earnestly respecful of each other. We truly, Father, feel each other’s presence here today. Our eldest brother Hyo Jin Hyung in spirit world, we know that you are with us today. We pray that you may take a seat and enjoy this time that we may share in reflection and that we may share in opening our hearts to each other.

Father please be with us in this place today. Allow us to truly commune with each other, Father, to leave this place with memories that can truly give us joy and lasting peace in our lives. Father, we pray that we may become greater blessings to this world, and whenever any one of us leaves early to the spiritual world, Father, we pray that we may reflect on the value of our existence, the most preciousness of our lives. Father, let us today feel that value, feel Your love flowing through us, and let us be here together as brothers and sisters.

We will be here to honor Hyo Jin Hyung, his memory, and hopefully leave this place, Father, with a new rebirth in our hearts, a new heart, a new page that will be turned in the histories of our lives. And Father, we pray that You may guide us today, be with us today, lead us today.

We thank you and pray these things in the name of Moon Hyung Jin, a member of a blessed central family. Aju!

Sermon : Hyo Jin Nims Memorial Worship Service/March 22 2008


First Anniversary Memorial Service for Hyo Jin Moon

March 26, 2009

March 21, 2009, HQ Church, Seoul Korea

Hyo Jin Nim always emphasized that we always have to have love and support each brother and sister as we move towards our goal. In other words, his point was “living for the sake of others.” This true love protected my family and also each one of your families. And it is the shield and protection for our children and the coming generations. There might be negative influences coming from the society but if we have this true love we will be able to defend and protect ourselves. So, how can put this true love into action?

Welcoming Remarks

Yeon Ah Nim:

Good afternoon brothers and sisters!

It’s really great to see you all. As you all know today is the first year of the commemoration of Hyo Jin Nim’s Seung Hwa. As the first son of True Parents, let us all remember him as our eternal older brother. Aju.

Hyung Jin Nim:

Brothers and Sisters, today we are going to start with Cheon Seong Gyeong 960. Father says: “People on the path of true love cannot separate. They are in balance. Since love is always level it does not disappear just because your son has passed away. He passes to the spirit world and grows with the same quality of relationships.” That’s what Father shares with us today.

Let us always remember that these words can be so empowering in our lives. Let’s remember that the love that we share with people while we are here, even though they may be in spirit world, that that deepness continues to grow. And here on this day where we have the one year commemoration of Hyo Jin Nim’s Seung Hwa, it is our hope that we can remember those words (which say) that the path of true love cannot separate, that they are in balance, and that even though somebody has passed to the spirit world that relationship and heartistic quality grows with the same quality forever. And this is something we need to remember as we live this most blessed life, that is such a precious offering and chance.

Brothers and sisters, today at this service we hope that we can remember Hyo Jin Hyung’s (Korean word for elder brother) great heart of filial piety , that we can understand the depth of his heartistic nature. And we pray once again that at this service today we may also be able to return and bring joy to God and the entire spirit world, to all the brothers and sisters up there and that Hyo Jin Hyung Nim, Heung Jin Hyung Nim and Yeong Jin Hyung Nim will join us together with the spirit world.

Brothers and sisters, if we make this time that we spend together here a time where we can reflect about our lives and return glory for a greater purpose then I do believe that this service will become a new catalyst for this new week and that it will allow God’s blessings to come pouring into our lives, every single day. Let’s return that glory and joy to God at this service.

Welcome to this service.

Opening Prayer by Hyung Jin Nim:

Heavenly Father, thank You for this day that You have blessed upon us. Father, we are standing in Your presence today. We are feeling the goodness of spring, the warmth of the weather that is changing. We are feeling the coldness of the winter gently melting away under the new warmth of spring. We see the beautiful spring flowers as we walk through the streets and as we pass through gardens. We can know that You are alive and that the seasons are changing. Father, let us know this day with certainty, that in our life, even though we may have winters, even though we may have cold days, let us know that just like the seasons change that our seasons are changing. Let us know, that this is our season to rise up to higher levels of maturity, victory, success and blessing so that we can truly be those people who inherit Your great and true love and spread it to the world. Thank You so much for allowing us to gather here today. We are grateful, excited and we pray that today we may truly inherit Your wonderful heart, that we may remember our brother in heaven and that we can go forth with filial piety and loyal hearts. Father, give us that strength and wisdom today and we offer all the joy and glory to You in our own names together here as Central Blessed Families. Aju.

Hyung Jin Nim’s Message:

Today in commemoration of the one-year anniversary of Hyo Jin Hyeong’s Seung Hwa Ceremony, we want to start by looking at the bulletin. On the front page are the characters that True Father wrote for Hyo Jin Hyung when he passed. Roughly translated it says: “The master who opens the gate to loyalty and filial piety, opening the way to the deep, wide, lofty realms of heaven.” I want to give a huge round of applause for Hyo Jin Hyung who is up there in heaven and is watching us today. (Applause)

Today I would like to share with you some words from Hyo Jin Hyung’s speeches. This was given on March 12, 2006, and he was talking about teamwork. As you know Hyo Jin Hyung was speaking and guiding members every week at Belvedere, especially during the latter parts of his life. I want to share with you just a couple of his words. As you know, Hyo Jin Hyung had a very casual style of speaking and he is very honest and straightforward.

Talking about teamwork he says: “Before we talk about independence and individuality, let us focus on teamwork. Why do we need that stuff? Because certain things are very difficult to achieve alone. That is why. It is not just for the sake of taking care of your menial things or your livelihood. But it is because of your faith, because you believe in something greater. And basically your life that you accept in this physical world in the presence is all about preparing you for that final stage. And you need to think of that kind of support. You need people who understand that, who can think in communion with you, who can take care of you at times, and who you can depend on.”

He goes on saying: “The important thing about knowing how basic teamwork works is to know ‘what is the lesson that is being taught through teamwork process?’ What is being taught is, obviously, you have to have a purpose. You set a goal. You set a realistic time duration expectation. Then you have to understand your boundaries. In other words, set your limit based on your capability, collectively, because we are talking about teamwork. And of course, it is important to support because that gives you something. It teaches you how to share ideas and how to do check and balance. For me teamwork is important because it keeps me humble. That’s about it. I have to keep myself humble if I want to embody the people that I am working with. Why? Because it goes on. Anything that has worth, anything that is meaningful, should last forever. Why? Because love is eternal. And what is the purpose of coming together? That we all grow up together and not just me, right?”

I really believe that that was Hyo Jin Hyeong’s greatest wish during the last stages of his life. He really tried to invest a lot in bringing the family together. He took us out to have dinner with him and to have a good time. Especially during the last period of his time he was really trying to reach out and help and encourage his brothers and sisters.

During the last past year so many things have happened. And on this day it is so important to remember our dear elder brother Hyo Jin Nim. He was always that elder brother figure. He came to the States much earlier than we did. He was with Father when they first came over, in a time when it was really intense in America. There was tremendous persecution; there was always TV and media broadcasts that were very negative about our church. So it was a very difficult time. It was a time when we had people calling in with death threats. It was really an extremely intense period.

And Hyo Jin Hyung grew up in that period of extreme external persecution towards the movement. At the same time he also grew up in a position where he was in a fishbowl. He had to live in front of the members all the time because Father’s life was always on the front line with the members. SoI can’t imagine how much pressure he had to endure as a young child growing up, always having to be that perfect child. Especially as the first son, how much stress that must have been. He had to defend his younger brothers and sisters many times. It’s not like it is now in the United States where people don’t say a lot of things about Unification Church. Back then in the ’70’s and ’80’s they were extremely negative. He grew up in that kind of environment and it was very intense. Hyo Jin Hyung was also a very intense person. He was very strong and powerful.

We have like 20 years age difference. Even though he is my elder brother he could be my dad. I never really got to spend time with him because the age difference was so great. When he was in college I was still running around playing with building blocks. Whenever we thought of Hyo Jin Hyung we really saw him almost like a deity, the big elder brother! Sometimes when we were getting in fights about our toys, and all Hyo Jin Hyung had to do was come into the room and it all stopped and we would be very silent! He had that kind of presence. Whatever he said we really took that into consideration.

When we think about Hyo Jin Hyung’s latest stage of his life, we can see that he really reached out, not only to his only family but also to the people around him, in his own way. He began doing ministry every week, giving the sermons and really trying to share his heart. When we look at his words, we can see what kind of internal nature he had cultivated inside. We can see what deep reflection he had and how very philosophical and heartistic he was. You can understand his heartistic realm he was trying to communicate from. Many times he felt frustrated that he could not communicate it the way it was coming out of his heart. But I do believe that in the words we shared today, when he was talking about teamwork, we can really feel how he wished for Cain and Abel and all the different brothers and sisters in our movement to be able to understand the importance of teamwork. That it is so important that we all work together and at the same time, by doing so, become better people.

In the last year Yeon Ah Nim has been doing a lot of things. She moved her whole family from America to Korea, she is now teaching at Sun Moon University as professor teaching Sociology, as she has a Masters degree from Ehwa Women’s University in Sociology, and just recently Father asked her to be the Vice Chairman of Women’s Federation for World Peace. So, let’s give it up for Yeon Ah Nim. (Applause).

We are really proud of her. We live in the same training center in Han Nam dong and we see her beautiful kids, who are so bold, enthusiastic, and energetic. Like us, she has a lot of boys in her family, so with our boys and her boys combined it’s really loud, but fun. It’s good; it’s always a good training.

We saw Yeon Ah Nim for the last year and, of course, like anybody, she was in a lot of pain. We had to see that process but we are very grateful because she was able to courageously step over every single one of her internal difficulties she was dealing with. I don’t think any of us until we actually are in the situation can understand that but I remember that many nights she was really missing Hyo Jin Hyeug Nim and many times she asked herself: “What will I do?” And she had many concerns. We saw her really struggle and battle through that year. Many things she had to endure as a woman, as a mother and as a daughter in law to True Parents, serving them. So, we are so very proud of her. She has really been a warrior for her children and for True Parents.

She has been trying to exemplify and embody what Hyo Jin Hyung always talked about in his life. Many times she would reflect on the many things he taught her. She was learning through him how to attend True Parents. When we see that kind of thing we are filled with gratitude. We are so grateful that True Father allows her and asks her to now step forward and participate in a really profound way, working with Women’s Federation and also in Education. So, we are really proud of having Yeon Ah Nim here with us today. Without further ado let’s give it up for Yeon Ah Nim!

Main Sermon by Yeon Ah Nim (wife of Hyo Jin Nim):

Good afternoon brothers and sisters! This is the limit of my English. Don’t expect any more. Nice to see you again. (Yeon Ah Nim gives her speech from then in Korean).

I’m nervous now. Maybe you can hear my heartbeat. Some people make comments about me, saying that I’m a person that does fine on stage, not being nervous. But the fact is that I do have issues coming on stage.

It has been one year since I have been last on this beautiful stage. It’s the first time that I saw these changes in this church. Everything looks so beautiful so that I thought that I was in a different place. I really felt that each one of you brothers and sisters here have made so much effort in order to make this accomplishment. Thank you very much! When we take a picture together I will look more beautiful because the stage is so beautiful. (Laughter)

Our International President Hyung Jin Nim made such great explanations and comments about Hyo Jin Nim that I don’t know what to say furthermore. Before coming to the stage I was at the first floor sharing and talking with some church members. They have really encouraged me, thank you very much! I have received energy from these church members who I was talking with but I feel that all of your energy has been collected and transferred through them and conveyed to me. Thank you very much, to each one of you. So I’m full with Vitamin C now, please take some with you before you go!

I thought very deeply while preparing for this sermon about what I should speak. Fortunately, Hyo Jin Nim gave sermons every single week in Belvedere through 2006 and 2007, so I do have a lot of information sources. So, I have read through all speeches again. There were many quotes and contents of Hyo Jin Nim’s speeches that really moved my heart but I have decided to talk about teamwork today. I think maybe Hyo Jin Nim has sent this message to me from spirit world.

The main point of this topic is that we have to unite; all of us have to become one. Who do we have to center on? The center is God and True Parents who are the eternal substance of God. Hyung Jin Nim has mentioned the key word during his speech which I would like to repeat, “We can make bigger accomplishments if we work altogether.” These words seem to be so obvious and common, however if you look at the reality we stand in, we should always reflect upon them. We are already one team, right? And we also have several team leaders, right?

Ultimately God and True Parents are our leaders. They will be guiding us. However, we must also understand that the quality of each team depends on the effort of each individual. As I explained before, a team needs a goal and also an expectation of duration for time period. I believe we have all of these components. January 2013 is our given time period. And the goal which needs to be accomplished until 2013 is to substantiate God’s homeland on this earth. Now the question is how each one of us is making effort as a team centering on that goal.

Hyo Jin Nim always said that one must know his boundaries and limitations. Once you know your limitations you can become humble. Once a person becomes humble he can move in the right direction in order to live for the greater good. I have been in Belvedere often and I repeatedly listened to Hyo Jin Nim talk about this. He always made it simple. He said: “Know your limit!” I have heard that before but after Hyo Jin Nim’s Seung Hwa I was really able to understand the depth of the meaning of these words.

All those words that he had given me in the past came to enlighten me, one by one. I understand that Hyo Jin Nim was encouraging and helping me through this. But also I was able to come to this enlightenment because of True Children’s and True Parents’ continuous love.

I feel like I am a newborn baby now and that this is a new beginning for me. In the past I felt unworthy, and in my process of growing many brothers and sisters supported and helped me. To be honest with you, my surroundings have changed, Hyo Jin Nim was not next to me anymore and I suffered and have faced my own difficulties. Sometimes it was difficult for me to come to church. But now I’m back once more after one year. (Applause) But Hyung Jin Nim and Yeon Ah Nim were always patient with me and have always waited for me. I’m very grateful for that. Despite the heavy responsibility that Hyung Jin Nim and Yeon Ah Nim have, guiding this church, they also supported me and my family and I really appreciate all their effort. I really feel that all of that resulted in my children. For this past year they had a happy life. I was sometimes not able to take care of my children, however because of all the people and True Children that have loved my children I was able to overcome this period in this environment full and rich with love.

I think that if I was back in America alone with my children I probably would have encountered more difficulties. When True Parents called me to Han Nam dong and told me to live here in Korea I was able to feel their love and pain at the same time. Because many people supported me and loved my children I am able to stand here once more on this stage. I understand that there are brothers and sisters who have encouraged and prayed for us and supported us spiritually. I don’t know in which condition I would be or if I was able to stand here today if you all haven’t sent this invisible love to me. Thank you all very much!

So, going back to my topic about teamwork, I feel that all of us here are one community, heading in one direction, having one destination. This community is like one big boat with the crew on it heading for one destination. If each of the crew members fulfills their given responsibility the boat can operate and move in the right direction. In the course of their journey there might be physical and spiritual difficulties; it’s not an easy course. But we must understand that we are all in one boat and if we start to become negative and complain about each other and do not work together, this boat cannot move forward anymore, it will stop or sink. Please, look at our reality. We are living here in Korea in True Parent’s presence but we must understand that our position and each of our responsibilities are all different. Even if ONE person is not able to accomplish his or her responsibility it will be difficult to accomplish the ultimate goal centering on True Parents.

The question, we have to ask ourselves is, how we can operate this boat to our ultimate destination quickly. We know what we are heading for, we know what our destination is. We also know the date and the given time period. Are you confident looking at that goal or are you worried? From the perspective of faith we have hope and confidence but when we look at the actual reality we may encounter difficulties. If you try to work it out all by yourself it will be more difficult. Hyo Jin Nim said that even for True Father it is difficult to guide this entire providence alone.

True Parents need each and every one of our help and support in order to accomplish our goal. If you look at the reality here in Korea and our members you will see that we are still not a majority. Despite this reality, there is hope because we are here altogether, we are not alone. We have one center and one common goal. We understand that if there are difficulties in the course we will be helping and supporting each other. Hyo Jin Nim explained that the components of teamwork are honesty, humbleness and cooperation. If we don’t consider about teamwork and just go straight for the goal there will be a lot of sacrifices and difficulties.

Hyo Jin Nim always emphasized that we always have to have love and support each brother and sister as we move towards our goal. In other words, his point was “living for the sake of others.” This true love protected my family and also each one of your families. And it is the shield and protection for our children and the coming generations. There might be negative influences coming from the society but if we have this true love we will be able to defend and protect ourselves. So, how can put this true love into action?

This is what I have learned about living for the sake of others and putting true love into action – it always has to be centered on God. God is the precondition of true love. Living for God doesn’t mean living for an individual. In society people do volunteer work for other people but what is their motivation and the result they are looking for? What’s the point if God is not there? When you cooperate and work together as a team you always have to think about the greater good.

We have many individuals here with various kinds of characters and every one of you has different abilities. The question therefore is how we can adjust ourselves as a team with so many different capabilities. It is a really good motivation if you want to use your abilities for the greater good. But what if there is the need for 10 people with a certain ability but there are actually 20 people who can do it? What do we do? In that situation we have to think of our limitations. Do I have to be the person to do this work and take this position or can someone else do it? From that perspective Hyo Jin Nim said that we need to know our own limitations. Otherwise we will start fighting for that certain position and that will bring negativity into and break the teamwork. Can there be love in that kind of situation? What is happening there is that team members start fighting although they should build teamwork to protect each other. If we start fighting that means we want to kill each other instead of protecting each other through teamwork.

I’m talking about Cain and Abel relation here. Looking at the Biblical history, Cain and Abel had to unite and work together. Cain is the older brother, Abel the younger one. I would like to phrase it “elder and younger brother” instead of using the terminology “Cain and Abel.” Looking at the providence we can see that God has his desire for every individual, whether it is Cain or Abel. If Cain had understood his own limitations, his given responsibilities and his position he might have acted in a different manner. Cain might have been a better person intellectually, physically and also abilitywise. Even though Abel was selected as the central figure by God, he might have been unworthy and without many abilities from a humanistic point of view. But where did God’s will lie? That is the ultimate question that we have to ask ourselves. Where do you think God’s ideal was? They were not able to think about these questions, and they interpreted things from an individual perspective. Because Cain had more physical abilities and was more intelligent than Abel he was in the position and responsible for raising Abel who was chosen as the central figure, so that Abel could climb to that position. This kind of relation we can see even with the first man and the archangel in the Garden of Eden.

You have to look at yourself from the perspective of God. What can I do for the greater good? When we have to sacrifice ourselves will we be able to endure the suffering? Those who have more skills should make more effort. Those who know more about the truth should voluntarily take the harder way. This is the path that True Parents have shown as model. True Parents always suffered and showed us the way. We must understand how painful it was for True Parents whenever they sent us out to the frontline. I was able to attend True Parents frequently last year. Just being next to True Parents I was able to feel their deep and gentle love. Even at this moment I can feel how serious True Parents are about the providence. True Parents are not making all this effort just for True Parents’ sake or their glory. They are taking this path of providence for God, True Children, our brothers and sisters and all mankind. Don’t you feel we have to do something for True Parents in return?

I think we are still lacking and unworthy people. But don’t think that because of that there is nothing we can do for True Parents. There is always something. If you can’t accomplish something alone, why don’t you just work together? True Parents have blessed us with many brothers and sisters, here in Korea, in Japan, America and all around the world. Just imagine how good it will be if all these brothers and sisters from around the world collect their hearts and efforts, become one and work for one common goal. If you are able to support what the other lacks and if you are able to move forward with that kind of motivation, 2013 will be no problem. There is nothing to be afraid of.

This is the reason why I wanted to talk about teamwork today. We are one big crew on one big boat. If we look at the current reality we feel that our boat is going through a blizzard. Because the environment is so difficult we have to put our strengths together and unite. We have to love each other, support each other and encourage each other. True Parents will also feel hope and will be very happy if they see all the crew becoming one and unite.

My conclusion today is simple and clear. Let’s unite and become one! In order to do so we must know our limitations. We might be lacking in some points but we should supplement, help and raise each other. There may be times where you face difficulties but understand that an elder brother is always patient and waits, loves and supports his younger brother. The heart of the elder brother is such that he wants to help when he sees a younger brother that is lacking, and he wants him to become a great person. I hope that each one of you will become an ideal Cain and help each other. The reason why we are still suffering and facing difficulties is that we were not able to fulfill our responsibilities as Cain figure. If we are able to become a greater elder brother or sister then we will be able to accomplish more.

If my younger brother or sister lacks something we need to embrace each other. I should make more effort as an elder brother in order to make my little brother’s or sister’s way easier. When we have that kind of perspective we will be able to develop together. If you love your little brother and sister you would want to give and sacrifice everything you have. If you truly love your little brother and sister you can embrace them even if they are lacking. Also True Parents loved us continuously and gave everything to us although we were unworthy and lacking. They have given us very valuable things. They were able to do so because they loved us so much although we lacked and were unworthy.

Honestly speaking I think of myself as unworthy. I was appointed as Vice Chairman of Women’s Federation and also I’m a professor at Sun Moon University but honestly speaking I think I am not worthy of these positions. But I do feel True Parents’ love there. This is True Parents’ love. Although they understand that somebody lacks and is not capable of doing some things, still they trust and send them to the frontline, keep supporting and believing in that person until he actually comes up to the level in order to accomplish the given position. Don’t you think this world would be a better place, if each on of us could have that kind of heart? Thank you very much.

Closing Prayer by Hyung Jin Nim:

Heavenly Father, thank You for this day that You have blessed upon us, this day on that we can commemorate and remember the passing of our dearest elder brother, the first son of True Parents. On this day we want to honor our brother and remember the great words that he left with us, challenging us to see the value of each other. In a place that we as individuals may not be able to create the desired success, let us look around and see the internal potential of all those around us. Let us be able to acknowledge and embrace that and be able to work with that to create a larger and greater success.

We are grateful that You could speak through Your daughter Yeon Ah Nim today, that You could give her this time to share her heart, where she can reflect and think about the great words of Hyo Jin Hyung, the great heart and desire that he wanted to see all of us truly become one and move forward into victory. We pray that we may always hold this in our hearts through this coming week, that we may realize and see the value and preciousness of each other. Let us recognize the value of the time together. We pray that we may never take our loved ones for granted. We never know when they may pass or when our lives come to an end.

Let us live each day with that tremendous sense of blessing and meaning and giving honor and praise to those around us, so that they can shine for You. We pray that You may be with all the families here and around the world that are joining us via the internet. We pray that Hyo Jin Hyung’s heartistic elder brother’s heart may be truly engrafted in each of our hearts. Thank You so much. We pray these things together here as one, as central blessed families. Aju.

Transcribed by: Regina Shin

Edited by: Prof. Robin Debacker / Rev. Bruno Klotz


The Power of Reflexivity

March 19, 2009

March 14, 2009, HQ Church, Seoul Korea

And I was explaining that we have to make sure that we are able to do the more humble training, not in order to get credit for that, but so we can resemble that heart of True Parents, so we can resemble that servant of servants’ quality.
And I explained to them, “Of course nobody’s perfect and I’m not perfect, nobody’s perfect, but the fact that we’re training, that we are continually watching ourselves through our training, this is the important thing. This is why we do the training. That’s why we do the Danbury training and the economy training, toilet cleaning, etc… ”

Welcome Remarks

Yeon Ah Nim:

Good afternoon brothers and sisters!

We are always honored and happy to have you here in this sanctuary with Heavenly Father and True Parents. For those who are joining with us via internet, we also welcome you as well. Welcome brothers and welcome sisters.

Hyung Jin Nim:

Welcome brothers and sisters!

We’ll going to start with Cheon Song Gyeong, page 452: “Just as all plants absorb sunlight as an element of life, love is an element of life for people. Our hope is that the Kingdom on earth will be built where we can live eternally in love and in adoration.”

I love how Father here resembles love with the element of life and necessity, something that we need, something that nourishes us and gives us strength and vitality. That is of course coming straight from the principl. But when we think about that in our lives, it really is so important to be able to nourish others who are around us, also in our family environment, our friends’ environment, whereever we are. It is so important to create that atmosphere. We are actually nourishing each other, giving each other vitality, strength, new hope, new life. This is so important.

Brothers and sisters, we pray that every week is that kind of new vitality element nourishment. When we come to service, when we are able to collect the joy of last week, of the victories of last week, and offer them up to God, bring Him happiness, bring Him smile this day, when we do that, I do believe next week is going to be even better, it is going to be more victorious.

If you believe in this, let’s give God a round of applause.

Once again, welcome to service.

Yeon Ah Nim’ Message:

Not long ago after I joined the True Family, once I asked Hyung Jin Nim a question. I asked him like this, “I really don’t understand how some people can be like double face. I cannot really understand how they can hide their own emotions so well and show a good face even though they are in terrible emotional turbulence.” I thought that is only possible if they have double face, totally double face. And I said, “I don’t want to be like that.” And I said that to him.

Instead of answering back my question, he asked me a question. He said, “Let’s say you just found out that you passed a very difficult event and you are very happy. Right after that you have to be in a funeral house and you pay respect to a person who just passed away. And in silence, does it make you hypocritical? He asked me a question.

He asked me another question. He said, “Let’s say you are a teacher. Do you think you should get mad at your student just because you have a terrible day? Does it make you hypocritical?” And I could not answer his question.

Recently I saw True Father and True Mother and I knew that they had many things on their minds. Usually, they are very happy when Shin Joon is around but even that didn’t work so well. They were not in good mood actually, but even during that period when Father and Mother met with members, True Father talked to members and smiled with members and True Mother sang fun songs with members. And I realized this is what they have done always for us. They have always overcome their personal difficulties and personal situation for the public good.

Brothers and sisters, in life there is a time we may feel that nobody really understands our pain and we are the only one who suffers tremendously but when we think about our Heavenly Father and True Parents life course and victory, we know that our mountain is much smaller than the victory of True Parents and Heavenly Father.

Brothers and sisters, let us have our best year this year. We love you so much and we believe in you. Aju!

Rev. Hyung Jin Nim Prayer:

Heavenly Father, thank You so much for this day. Father, we give You praise and honor this day for You have walked a tearful road. Father, You have waited for thousands of years to the day when You can see Your families on this earth.

Father, we pray that You we may be inspired today, that You may find new hope today, that You may find a new spirit of rejuvenation today. Father, be with us as we spend time to being in Your presence. We pray that You may bless each and everyone of the Blessed Central Families here. We pray that You may be with the brothers and sisters joining us across the world in the service via internet. Father, please bless their families, bless their children and bless their descendants.

Father, we pray that truly we may be those types of people that can inherit Your True Love, a True Love that can naturally subjugate even the most darkest force. Father, we pray that we may inherit that and truly be able to spread that and become blessings to this world.

Thank You so much Father for this time. We pray that we may once again return joy to You and give You a tremendous smile today. We thank You so much.

We offer all these as one family, as Central Blessed Families together. Aju!

Interesting Story:

You know we always like to start with something a little, a little interesting. I heard a story about Little Johnny’s new baby brother. He came back from the hospital and he had a very interesting habit, and that was crying and screaming a lot. He cried all the time. And one day he was crying up a huge storm, and Johnny asked his mom. He said, “Mommy, where did my brother come from?” Mommy said, “Well he came from heaven of course, honey!” Little Johnny replied, “Whooah! Now I can see why they threw him out!” (Laughter, applause) Oh! You liked that very much today!

Main Sermon:

Brothers and sisters, today I’d like to talk to you about the power of reflexivity.

In order to live the blessed life, learning the power of self-reflexivity is one of the keys, one of our key keys.

Self-reflexivity is very simply the ability to look at yourself honestly. With reflexivity you are able to see your strengths and weaknesses. You can check whether or not you’re staying true to the goals that God has given you, and thus you can find a path of constant improvement. Learning how to “turn the mirror unto ourselves” and seeing ourselves is one of the keys to living the blessed life.

Let’s take a look at some of the Scriptures today. We’ll look at Christianity from Proverb 16:18. Let’s read it together, “Pride goes before destruction and an haughty spirit before a fall.” This is once again warning us to be reflective and to look at yourselves.

Buddhism: Let’s take a look at Buddhism today from The Precious Garland 406. Let’s read it together, “Who fancy themselves to be superior is pride greater than pride. Thinking one has won fruits not yet attained is pride of conceit.” Once again warning to be reflective on the path. It’s very important!

Islam: Let’s take it from the Koran 96th Surah. We’ll read it together, “Nay but verily man is rebellious for he thinks himself independent. Low unto thy Lord is the return.” To remember where we are going, where we came from etc…

And let’s look at True Father’s words today. Let’s read it together. This is from “God’s will and the world.” “God’s principle of creation is living for the sake of others, not me. Living for the sake of me is the nature of Satan. You should know the origin of good and evil. Teaching a religion is living for the sake of others and serving others, not being arrogant.” Basically humility! We are talking again about self- reflexivity.

In 1954 a book by the Nobel Prize winning, author William Golding, was written. It was entitled, “The Lord of the Flies”. By the ‘60s it was a best-seller in America, and it was already becoming required reading in most of the high schools. When we were growing up in New York it was already required reading in our high school, so in most of the high schools across America, you have to read this book.

It’s entitled “The Lord of the Flies”, and actually these words, ‘the Lord of the Flies’ come from the Hebrew word “Beelzebub”. It’s the meaning of the word Beelzebub which means Lord of the Flies or God of the Flies. Beelzebub is another word for Satan. So that title is actually “Beelzebub”.

It’s a story about a group of British boys, and they are on a trip on an airplane. They are traveling to some place, but by chance their plane crashes on an island and all the adults do not survive. So eventually there’s just a group of boys, and this group of boys are under the age of 13, and they start trying to govern themselves. Eventually two dominant groups develop under one boy named Ralph, and another boy named Jack.

Ralph’s group is trying to be civilized. They are trying to find a way to signal for help. They’re trying to find a method, “How can we get off this island. We don’t want to stay here, we want to get off.”

Jack’s group does the opposite. Slowly they start going into hunting. They start saying, “Hey! We’re never going to get out of this island anyways. We’ve got to survive.” They start focusing on, “Let’s have fun, let’s just hunt!”

Slowly these two groups start to clash. They believe that on this island there’s a big monster that lives on this huge peak, and Jack’s group who are the hunters, they promise to hunt and kill this beast. They mistake a body of a dead pilot as the sleeping monster and they begin to hunt animals and they start offering animal sacrifices to this mountain monster god. They start offering animal sacrifices, they start putting on body paint. You can see the guy with the body paint? That’s Jack! He puts on body paint. They become more and more animalistic, more and more savage.

Ralph’s group is trying to be civilized. They’re trying to use elections and trying to find the best methods, “Rationally how can we get off this island? That’s our purpose. We’re not going to stay here and survive. We want to get off!” But Jack’s group is becoming more and more animalistic, once again.

To put a long story short, eventually this ends in a disastrous result. Jack’s group ends up murdering two boys in this animalistic fever. One boy is murdered when he is mistaken for the monster, another boy is struck by a rock ambush, and why would they rock ambush him? They wanted to take his glasses. That’s the reason.

So eventually Ralph is all alone, and Jack and all those “savages”- they have the body paint on – now they’re hunting this last boy Ralph. Jack sets this huge fire to chase Ralph out of the forest and this fire basically engulfs the entire island in a huge inferno. Navy sailors just at that point were passing the island and they see this huge blaze and they come and stop this kind of insanity. They end up putting an end to the Lord of the Flies.

See, without reflexivity, one is not able to see what one is becoming, just like Jack in this situation. Jack was a civilized British school boy. He was from the West, he was growing up in the upper suburbia, very smart, very educated, very civilized, learning arithmetic and science and chemistry, all that.

But then as they got into this isolated environment he got lost in his emotions. He started becoming what they refer to him as a “demonic leader”, or “Lord of the Flies.” At one point, one the boys realizes that there is actually no monster on the island. The monster is created. But the real monster lies within each and every one of those persons.

Reflexivity is one of the keys to keep yourself in check, to make sure you’re becoming who God wants you to be and actualize those gifts and purposes that God has given you.

I was talking to a mom the other day and she was reflecting about one of her sons. He has somewhat of a difficult time reflecting on himself. He is sometimes rude and he gets into fights in school. He’s been changing schools a lot. He broke his mother’s heart so many times.

And she explained how one time she was at a public swimming pool. They were swimming around and her son was swimming and splashing; it was like tidal waves. He is a little bigger than on that picture – on that picture he’s like a baby but he’s bigger- and there were huge tidal waves splashing about.

So the mom decided, “This boy never listens to me anyways.” She decided to videotape him. So she videotaped him splashing around, and she showed him this video. And the boy was so shocked. He was shocked at how he was showing disregard to other people who were trying to use the pool. And she actually filmed other people’s faces and their responses, like, “Oh my goodness! What is that boy doing? He is totally disrespecting everybody in this pool!”

See, this is reflexivity. The mom helped him to view himself from the eyes of others, to get an objective view, another person’s view of himself. And seeing himself from this perspective opened his eyes to how he was actually not respecting other people’s rights to this public space.

Sometimes we need to have friends in our lives that give us this wise counsel. Those people are so precious! Of course you don’t have to and should not accept every negative thing that every single person says about you as good feedback, but those people who are around you, that you trust, that are there for your well-being, that truly want you to do well, wish for you to succeed, wish for you to be the best, those people, their wisdom, their counsel, their honesty should be invited. It’s very precious! These trustworthy people can be our saviors at times and help us stay true to God and to ourselves.

When we look at the biblical story we see the story of the fall and we see the great archangel Lucifer. Did you know that the name Lucifer is actually a very positive word? Lucifer is actually an extremely good name. It means “the bringer of light”. It’s a very positive name. It’s “he who brings light to this world.” It’s a very beautiful name!

He was the most beloved of the archangels. He was obedient, he was powerful, he was trusted amongst them all. But he was weak in one aspect: his ability to be self-reflective. And so, slowly he fell into jealousy. We hear this in the Principle very clearly that Adam and Eve got attention and love by God. “How come God loves them?” he said, “I’ve been slaving away, I’ve been serving Him. He just loves these little guys, how come He’s taking His attention away from me?”

Without him knowing, day by day his jealousy grew and grew. It grew until it became a resentment and greed to want to steal the love that Adam and Eve were receiving. “God loves them, He does not love me. I guess He really never needed me in the first place. Well, you know, who needs God? Because I don’t need Him I can go out; I can make my own thing. If He doesn’t need me then I don’t need Him. I think I will then go out and be against Him.”

And so we see this process in the story. He acted on his greed for love, and in the Principle we see that he deceived both Adam and Eve and caused them to disobey and inherit the false love of Lucifer.

I was explaining this to the Hoon Sa Nims the other day when we were talking, when we were practicing and training. We were discussing how important it is, especially in positions of religious roles, that we are self-reflective. I explained to the Hoon Sas that, because we are in position of religious responsibility, we have to stay true to our service to God and True Parents.

I told them that trainings are like landmarks. They help us watch ourselves; they help us check ourselves along the path. And it helps us make sure that we are walking on the path of goodness and service and not the path of self- aggrandizement. That’s a very dangerous path.

In one of our trainings, I was explaining to them what I’ve been doing for my own training for many years. Always, whenever I travel, when we do traveling or are called to different places, we always ride economy class, and every time we go on a plane, I have leaders come up to me. They come into the economy section and tell me, “Hyung Jin Nim, please sit up in the front. Please sit up. I will trade you my seat; sit up in the business class please.” And that was, of course, when I had no responsibility.

Now that I have more responsibility I have all sorts of people come to me, “Please” – not only asking me – “Please, go sit up there. You MUST ride business class. You MUST ride business class for our sake; for our sake you must do it! What will the world think if the international president is always going around on economy? You must do it for our sake, please!”

Now I understand, there’s nothing inherently wrong with sitting in business class. I’ve ridden in business class myself, in my life time, but the point is that as a religious leader one has to be constantly checking oneself, constantly training self- reflexivity. This is very important. So don’t slip off the path, so do not start going off into paths we don’t want to go into.

And I tell them, “You know, I’ve been actually doing this training long before Father gave me any responsibility, and just because I have responsibility I’m not going to change it. I can’t do that. I am very sorry. And as my brother always says, ‘If you don’t like it, you’re going to have to tell Father and ask him to fire me! ‘ That’s what he always says.”

But I tell the Hoon Sas,” Father has taught us – Father’s been very clear about this – that the place where evil cannot attack us is humility. It’s the lowest place. And Father said that when we are elevated as religious leaders, then it’s important to go lower in our training, training lower, because we receive respect as religious monastic practitioners, as Hoon Sa Nims.”

And I was explaining that we have to make sure that we are able to do the more humble training, not in order to get credit for that, but so we can resemble that heart of True Parents, so we can resemble that servant of servants’ quality.

And I explained to them, “Of course nobody’s perfect and I’m not perfect, nobody’s perfect, but the fact that we’re training, that we are continually watching ourselves through our training, this is the important thing. This is why we do the training. That’s why we do the Danbury training and the economy training, toilet cleaning, etc… ”

This kind of things help us check ourselves overtime to help us see when all of a sudden a year later (we may think), “Now I don’t want to clean the toilets anymore, I don’t want to do Danbury training no more. I’ve been doing that for a year. I don’t want to do it. I ‘m better than that.” We can see ourselves, we can check ourselves through these objective trainings.

So we talk about how important the training is, because on this path, especially on the path where we are focusing on purely religious, spiritual practice, it’s so easy for us to fool ourselves, to actually fool ourselves into believing that we are enhancing ourselves, that we are actually getting greater than God. And so in that respect we were talking about how important it is to always check ourselves through the training and to understand that even we ourselves can become like Lucifer or Jack the Lord of the Flies.

They both started off really well. They both started off as the bringer of light, and Jack was an excellent student in school, but if we become like that then we can spiritually damage so many people that respect us and other people that are under our responsibility. So we must keep training. It’s our joy. We were talking about that.

This time when Father was heading back to the States, he told me, “Don’t you overdo it! You’re going to do moody-moody. Don’t overdo it. You’ve got to stay healthy, boy!” And I said, “Appa, don’t worry! This is our joy, you know we’re training! This is training. We’re getting stronger every day. Training is not only great spiritual exercise, Father, its great physical exercise; I can belch as a cow now!!!!”

Brothers and sisters, what can we learn today? Let us remember that self- reflexivity is a great strength and ability. It requires training and strength to objectively look at ourselves. It’s quite liberating when you’re able to look honestly at yourself and try to be that person that God has blessed you to be.

See self-reflexivity is freeing because it frees one from being a prisoner to flattery or other people telling YOU what your talents are. It helps you move on to recognizing for yourself what God has given you as your great potential, what He’s given you as your strengths and your weaknesses and your goals and your dreams. It helps you check that you are staying true to those God-given talents.

If we do that, I do believe that in 2009 we will find ourselves with more victory, more illumination and more peace, and we will live that blessed life and inherit the true love of God.

Brothers and sisters, if you receive this message, let’s give it up for God and True Parents! (Applause)

Final Mediation:

Let’s gather our hearts for the final meditation practise. Let’s now enter into our homeland meditation practise.

Let’s gently close our eyes and let’s visualize ourselves now not in this sanctuary, but walking in a beautiful meadow, in springtime. We can see the blue sky above, we can feel the beautiful spring breeze, a warm spring breeze.

As we are walking I invite you to take a look to our left and see a beautiful stream meandering down. Let’s see sparkling little sunlight like diamonds dancing on the water, and hear the sound of that beautiful stream. And with each step that we take as we walk let us notice the soft grass that we feel supported by. Let us notice the beautiful flowers that bloom around our feet. We WILL be a blessing to this land! Let us continue to walk forward and let’s notice the sky, the beautiful cocoon clouds that are slowly passing by. Let’s look up ahead, and we see that the flowers not only are blooming around our feet but now they are spreading across the entire meadow, almost as if the meadow is changing colours from beautiful pink to purple.
Now, as we look ahead we see True Parents waiting for us. Let us walk towards True Parents. Let us kneel before True Parents. True Father with this right hand, True Mother with her left hand place their hands on top of our head. They give us another blessing: May you inherit the true love of God! As we receive that blessing, let us feel a wave of healing energy pass through our entire body from head to toe. As this wave of energy passes through our body, we can feel all the cells in our brain and in our inner organs, our body, being totally restored, rejuvenated. Any sense of stress in our mind and in our body, tightness in the neck, let that all melt away. Every cell that is diseased or sick, let each one of those cells totally revive and become completely new and healthy. Visualize that, see that powerful wave of energy pass through you. If there is any darkness in our spirit body, let us see that our spirit body is completely rejuvenated and is illuminating in the 12 directions, completely illuminating.

As we breathe in, in our hearts let us say, “I am alive” and as we exhale deeply, in our hearts let us say, “Thank you.” As we breathe in, in our hearts let us say, “I am alive” and as we breathe out, in our hearts let us say, “Thank you”. Final inhalations – we breathe in and say, “I am alive”, and as we breathe out in our hearts let us say, “Thank you. “ Let us always remember, that God and rue Parents are walking with us, they will never forsake us, they are together here, hand in hand. Let’s always remember that they blessed us with a blessed life, that we are truly destined to be great blessings to this world.

Final Prayer:

Let’s gather our hearts in prayer:
Heavenly Father, thank You so much for this day, that You have blessed upon us. Father, we pray that today we may be alive and illuminated in our minds and our bodies. Father, we pray that we really can be the bringers of light to this world. Father, in the beginning something good could slowly go in another direction. (To avoid this in our life) let us always reach into ourselves and use our power of self-reflexivity, let us use that power, that ability, that talent, so that we always can remember and know that we are staying true to the goals and dreams that You have given us, Father, that we are staying true to ourselves and to our mission here on this earth.

Father, please let us be those kind of people that can see ourselves (reflect about ourselves) and can guide others by doing (by example) and having that kind of wisdom. Thank You so much, Father, that You can give us this new era today. Every day that You give us, Father, we know that You are opening up new possibilites and new chances for us to partake. We pray that we may walk into these blessings this week, and Father, walk into these blessings this year. Father, we pray, that any tribulation or obstacle, that is in our path, can be eradicated, eliminated, and that we can overcome that right now. Father, we pray, that as we step out with a victorious spirit, we know that You are guiding our footsteps and directing our path, that You are hoping for us, and that You are there every step of the way. We thank You, Father, in advance we thank You, and we offer all the victories to You with all our hearts together as one as central blessed families, Aju!

Transcribed by: Rev. Beatrice Clyburn / Cathy Quebral

Edited by: Rev. Bruno Klotz


Rev. Hyung Jin Nim's Closing Prayer

March 19, 2009

Father, we thank You so much for this day that You have blessed upon us. As we now come into Your presence, Father, we know that You have planned for Your blessed central families, Your children, just like Moses who had to walk through the wilderness course, and the leadership that was changed to Joshua, moving into Canaan, Father, in the age of settlement. But Father, we know, looking at the providential history, that Your children became faithless in Canaan, that they were not able to substantiate the gathering ground for Your community.

But Father, at this time True Father has told us, even before we came to HQ Church, of this important mission. Father, we know that we will have to substantialize this, Father, to be able to have the central place in this land of Canaan, so that our families can gather, Father that our families can grow in their lives of faith, in their lives in abundance physically and spiritually.
Father, we pray that You may ordain this, that Father, You may give us the strength that we will need to fight through the many battles that are up against us. Father, we pray that You may fill us with a strong faith that can move through the challenges, the archangels, the obstacles that will come into our way.

But Father, let us always have compassion, and let us know that as we move and focus not on the benefit of the leaders but the benefit of the members, Your children, Father, we know that Your house will be a house of blessing, that Your children will be able to shine, that our church will move into a new history and a new age that we will be able to witness.

Father, thank You so much for this day. We pray that You may pour Your abundance and blessing upon each and everyone of these families today, and we pray that each one of the family members around this world may be, Father, consoled, may recognize that, as Father has asked us to step into leadership, we are focusing not on the benefit of the leadership but focusing on letting our blessed families shine, allowing them to move closer to True Parents, allowing them to truly live a blessed life.

We believe that if we do that as a church, as a family, Father, we will be able to transcend boundaries and we will be able to work with other organizations, Father, religions that can help establish Your ideal Peace Kingdom on this earth. Thank You so much, Father, for this blessing that You have blessed upon us, and Father, let us move with confidence into this new age where we can now represent our church and all that it represents for the rest of history, Father. Thank You so much. We pray these things with an everlasting love and gratitude from the depths of our hearts,
In our names, Aju!

Sermon: Being spiritually and physically blessed/August 16 th, 2008


Rev. Hyung Jin Nim's Interesting Story

March 19, 2009

I’d like to begin with something a little interesting. A story about a nice elderly woman. She used to sit on her porch and whenever anybody passed by -she was a very faith-filled woman- she would say,” God be praised! God be praised!” like that.

And next door, she had a nice neighbor; he was an atheist and he was passing by one day and the old grandma, she said,” God be praised!, God be praised!” and the atheist said,” There’s no God, stop screaming that!”

One day he was coming on back from work, and he saw her on her porch, but she was quiet in prayer, she was talking in prayer. So in passing by, he heard her pray; and she was praying, “Heavenly Father, please give me some help! I have a party that’s coming up and I need to have enough food and good recipes for the occasion, so please bless me with that.”

The atheist heard that and he said, “You know what, I’m going to play a little joke on that woman”. He went to the grocery store, bought a whole bunch of groceries. Then the next morning, he placed them out, layed them out in front of the porch. The lady came out the next morning. She saw these miraculous groceries in front of her porch. She said, “Oh my God! May God be praised!”

At that instant the atheist jumped out from the bushes and he said, “I bought it lady. It wasn’t God. I’m the one who bought it”. She waited for just a moment and she said, “May God be praised! Not only did He buy me groceries but He made the devil pay for them too!”

Sermon: From Emotion to Action/ March 15 200


Blessed Integrity

March 19, 2009

March 7th, 2009, HQ Church, Seoul Korea

In order to live the blessed life, living with integrity and living to be who you say you are is not only an important thing, it is essential to the blessed life. In our lives there are many chances to compromise our integrity for a short term gain or a short term benefit. But if we truly are to live the blessed life and inherit the true love of God, then keeping our integrity is our greatest long term asset. Shortening the gap between who we are and who we show the world we are is one of the keys to living a truly honest and blessed life.

Welcome Remarks:

Yeon Ah Nim’:

Good afternoon, brothers and sisters, it is really great to be back at church where we can pray and worship together to our Heavenly Father, together with all of you. We are always feeling great joy to have all of you here in this sanctuary. And for those of you who are joining us through the Internet, we also want to welcome you as well. Welcome brothers, and welcome sisters.

Hyung Jin Nim:

Welcome brothers and sisters, it’s good to be back. Last week True Parents asked us at the very last moment – actually we were on our way to church – to come to Seokcho. And so, we went up and had a couple of days of Divine Principle lecture, and now we are back.

And we are going to start with Cheon Seong Gyeong today. We are going to start with page 573: “Who is to be the owner in your home? One who lives one’s entire life for the sake of the whole family will be the central figure representing God and the parents. One who has a hundred friends and lives for their sake during one’s lifetime will earn the respect of those hundred people, and will be their center. So any owner who lives for the sake of others will be the eternal owner.”

One of the really great and profound things of this statement is that when we think about who really the center of our home is, we can really find that (the answer) in Father’s words: It is the person that is truly giving and that is embodying the heart of true love. The person that truly lives for the sake of that family naturally becomes the center of that home, naturally becomes the center of that friendship, etc.

In our lives, too, it’s so important that we understand that it doesn’t come based on authority or position. It comes based on how we behave, how we act, and through that action we become the center.

Brothers and sisters, it’s so important that whenever we start service we remember the beauty and the value of each and every one of us. It’s so important that we start seeing ourselves in the light of God’s eyes. God is believing and seeing ourselves as we would be if we truly reach our potential to be an awesome person as God has designed. When we start doing that (seeing ourselves from God’s viewpoint), then we start filling ourselves with hope and start moving in the right direction towards that purpose and design.

Brothers and sisters, once again welcome to service. It’s always important that during service we will return joy and glory to God and inherit His True Love so that we will be able to spread goodness and blessings. Brothers and sisters, let’s do that today. Once again, welcome to the service.

Yeon Ah Nim’s Message:

As my husband mentioned that last week we were at Seokcho where True Father was giving the original Divine Principle lecture. True Father ordered all the True Family members and all the top leaders to attend this workshop. And at the last Saturday right before we were about to go to Seoul to have a service, he asked us to stay and attend the workshop. So if you might have wondered where we were last service, we were at Seokcho. Thank you for understanding.

The workshop was really great and once again I realized how deep the Divine Principle is. And I’m truly grateful for True Parents by letting us have this wonderful time. When I think about it, I was born into this movement and I heard and learned the Divine Principle. I felt that I know the Divine Principle. But actually I did not know as much as I thought I know. I realized that I did not really make Divine Principle my own. In the end we all have five percent of responsibility that we have to fulfill, and nobody can really do this for us. So we have to really build our own merit and we really have to take ownership to become such a really great member, great filial pity sons and daughters to Heavenly Father and True Parents.

Brothers and sisters, today like everyday it’s the day that we have to make a fresh new start, so let’s do our best. Aju!

Meditation:

Brothers and sisters, we always begin with unifying our mind, body and breath; let’s take a little time for our mind and body. Let’s begin with our body. Hand down towards the earth, bring in the Universal Prime Energy through the soles of our feet, towards our heart, as we breathe out, let’s reach our hands towards the Heavens, and stretch our faith today, and let’s receive what God wants to give to us today. He wants to give us new peace, new hope. He wants to give us a new spirit today. Breathing in, as we pass our beating hearts, breathing out, down towards the earth. Let’s breathe in that Universal Prime Energy, the earth’s energy, breathing in, towards our heart, and let’s go towards Heaven now, hands, stretch them, stretch our faith. Let’s receive God’s love today, His compassion, His wisdom, His insight; breathing in, and as we pass our beating hearts, let’s breathe out.

I invite you now to be seated, and let’s sit up at the front of our pews. Let us keep our backs straight, so that we enter into our first visualization and mediation practice.

Let us close our eyes and now visualize, not this sanctuary, but a beautiful field that we are walking in. It’s noontime, and the sun is up, the sky is blue, beautiful cotton clouds floating through the sky. We can notice in the middle of the field a beautiful cherry blossom tree. Let’s walk to that tree. Let’s feel the spring breeze, the fragrance of the beautiful violets, and the roses, and the beautiful flowers. And I invite you to pay attention to the trunk of that tree. Really notice that it’s very large, almost 5 meters in diameter, very large, a very thick trunk. It reaches towards the sky. As we look up towards the sky, we can see its beautiful branches stretching out in all directions. We can see the beautiful, fluffy cherry blossoms, in their brilliant pinks. We can see that beautiful pink color of the blossoms contrasting with the beautiful blue azure sky. As we notice the beauty of this place, and as the spring breeze blows, we will see the beautiful petals, the soft petals of the cherry blossoms gently snow upon the earth.

Let us see that beautiful scene, and gently close our eyes in the image as well, breathing in new life, and in our hearts let us say, “I am alive.” As we breathe out, in our hearts, let us say, “Thank You.” Once again, as we breathe in new life, “I am alive,” and as we breathe out deeply, in our hearts, let us say, “Thank You.” As you breathe in a new season of hope in our life, breathing in, “I am alive,” as you breathe out, in our hearts, let us simply say, “Thank You.”

Let us always remember that the seasons are changing, and now we are experiencing the change of season. It is now our time, our season for the new spring. It is the new spring in our life. Let us be bold and confident in meeting that new spring. Let us also be compassionate and humble while meeting that new spring, and new era. Let us realize that always God and True Parents are with us. That they are wishing for us to truly live out the blessed life that we are blessed to live, that entails inheriting the true nature of God and being that great blessing that we are destined to be to the entire world.

Let’s gather our hearts in prayer.

Opening Prayer:

Heavenly Father, thank You so much for this day that You have blessed upon us. Lord, we are so thankful that we can be in Your presence today, that we can be basking in Your warmth, Your heart. Father, we thank You, and we lift our hands up to You. We want to glorify You, and give You praise today, Father. We want to encourage You and give You hope, Father. Father, please look down upon us and smile. Father, be happy, be glad this day.We are grateful to be alive today, and Father, we know our lives are filled with incredible potential. Father, we pray that we may actualize our potential this year, 2009, and that in this year we will come to higher levels of victory, higher levels of illumination, and higher levels of peace, and, Father, that we will truly inherit Your level of true love, and be that great blessing that You have destined us to be.

Thank You so much. We pray this together, all together, with all blessed families here and around the world joining us, in our own names, as blessed family members, Aju.

Interesting Story (Hyung Jin Nim):

I heard a story about an archeologist, and he was digging in the Negev desert in Israel, and he came upon a casket containing a mummy; a very rare occurrence in Israel. And after examining it, he called Abe, the curator of the Israeli museum in Jerusalem, and he said, “Abe, do you know what, I’ve just discovered a 3,000 year old mummy of a man who died by a heart attack. The excited scientist told him that. And Abe said, “Well, I don’t know about that. Bring him in, and we’ll check it out.” A week later, the amazed curator called the archeologist [and said], “I don’t know how you did it, you are absolutely right about both, the mummy’s age, and the cause of death. How in the world did you know that this guy died by a heart attack?” The archeologist said, “Oh that was easy. There was a piece of paper in his hand that said, ‘I bet $10,000 on Goliath.’”

True Parents’ Declaration:

These are my True Parents, the eternal Kind 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 me true love, forgiveness and happiness today, and I choose to receive it. My mind is awake, my heart is opened wide, and from this moment, I change forever. In my name, Aju.

Main Sermon:

Thank you, please be seated. I bet on David, by the way. Brothers and sisters, today we’d like to talk to you about Blessed Integrity.

In order to live the blessed life, living with integrity and living to be who you say you are is not only an important thing, it is essential to the blessed life. In our lives there are many chances to compromise our integrity for a short term gain or a short term benefit. But if we truly are to live the blessed life and inherit the true love of God, then keeping our integrity is our greatest long term asset. Shortening the gap between who we are and who we show the world we are is one of the keys to living a truly honest and blessed life.

Let’s take a look at some of these world scriptures today.

Let’s look at Christianity, Ephesians 4:25:

“Putting away falsehood, let everyone speak the truth with his neighbor, for we are members one of another.”

Let’s take a look at Buddhism today, Dhammapada 408: “He who utters instructive true words, him I call a Brahman.” Here that means like a saint.

Confucianism, let’s look at the Analects, 1:4. Master Tseng said, “Everyday I examine myself [with the question], ‘Have I always been true to my word? ‘ ”

And let’s look at Islam today, Quran 16:91: “Fulfill the covenant of God once you have pledged it, and do not break any oaths once they have been sworn to.” Again, we see the importance of living a life of honesty, keeping our promises, etc.

Let’s look at True Father’s words today. Let’s read them together: “You must be honest. If you are hiding things inside and are not straightforward then you cannot develop. But an honest person will make progress. This is because the Universe will back that person up. Wherever he goes, the Universe will support him. Regardless of East or West, past, present or future, to someone who is honest, everyone will become friends.”

In the 1980s researchers at Cleveland State University discovered something very interesting about honesty. They conducted an experiment by creating two fictitious job candidates, David and John. The candidates were identical. They had identical resumes, and the letters of reference were the same. The only difference was that John’s letter included this sentence, “Sometimes I can be difficult to get along with.” That was in John’s resume.

They showed the resumes to a number of personnel directors. And which candidate did the personnel directors overwhelmingly prefer? They chose overwhelmingly, the “difficult to get along with” John. Researchers concluded that the objective and honest criticism of himself made his words even more believable and honest. He was the one that was chosen over the other guy who never said anything honest or negative about himself.

Another researcher at Stanford University, named Jim Collins, wrote a best selling book, From Good to Great; and he researched with a team one of the top organizations of the world. And he found in researching these organizations and their leaders that it is actually more important to “get the right people on the bus, before you want to know where to take the bus.”

Usually many people will do the opposite. They will want to first of all put out their direction and their goal of where the bus will go, and then gather the people who will be required to fulfill that task. But he said that all the top organizations in the world did it the opposite way.

When people are on the bus because of where it is going, then if you suddenly have to change direction 7 or 10 miles down the road, they will leave your bus. But when they are on the bus because of who is on the bus, then, even though there’s a change in plan or direction, the team still stays alive. And the team is self-motivated to help each other succeed.

Being honest and having integrity is one of the most important keys for having capable and talented people willing to work with you. When people respect and believe in you, they are “on the bus”, not necessarily because where it is going, but because YOU are there, because of your integrity, because it motivates them to become better people. Then these people are not only those people who like being with you when times are good there on the mountain top, but they stick with you through the down times when you are walking through the valley. They are people who not only like to enjoy the feast with you. They are also willing to burden your burdens (to shoulder your burdens) and help you reach your victory.

In the Biblical tradition we see the story of Daniel in the 3rd year of King Jahoiakim, [when] King Nebuchadnezzar, the King of Babylon, came into Jerusalem because he had an overwhelming desire to grow his Babylonian Kingdom. He destroyed Jerusalem and he took it over, and he ordered his chief official, Asphanas, to gather the best and the brightest of the Jews to be taught the language, the literature, and the ways of Babylon. They were to be given a seat at the King’s table. And after 3 years, they were to enter into serving the King. And Daniel was one of those chosen individuals.

One day the King had a dream of a huge tree; and that tree grew and grew, and it bore roots and it was spreading all over world. But then in the dream, an angel came and told that the tree needed to be cut down, and the fruits needed to be scattered across the world. Then one man was condemned to live in the forest as an animal and a beast for 7 years, “so that all may know of God.”

The King who knew that Daniel could read and interpret dreams well, asked him about this dream. At the danger of his life Daniel said to the King, “You are the mightiest King, but you are nothing compared to God.”

He explained that the tree was the kingdom of Babylon, growing and spreading, but that it will be put to an end, just like all kingdoms come to an end. “For 7 years you will live as a beast, and until you accept that God is mightier than you and you serve him, you will live as a beast.”

A year went by, and nothing happened. Then suddenly on one morning the King literally went insane. He went crazy. He ran out into the forest living like an animal, his hair growing out like eagle feathers, and his nails were like bird claws, and he “ate grass like a cow.”

7 years passed, and finally he accepted God, and he realized that Daniel was right. You see, Daniel’s faithfulness and his integrity, even though he could have been killed, is what changed the King. You see, sticking to what he believed, being proud of it, and not cowering because of pressure, is what Daniel did.

At one point, he was even thrown into a lion’s den, because of that confidence; but God delivered (protected) him at that time. And as Unificationists we should also be proud of who we are, and our tradition and make sure that we are the kind of people that are trying to shorten the gap between who we say we are and who we really are.

Of course there are no perfect people, but we should make sure that we are trying to concentrate on shortening that gap. The smaller the gap, the more real and honest we will be, and that is attractive. People want to be around real and honest people, around good people who have integrity, who have that kind of honest goodness.

When it was Father’s 90th birthday, this last time around, we were in Korea, we did Father’s banquet, the second one in Chungpyung Hall. And there was a massive room, filled with many VIPs that have been at many of our events. And Kook Jin Nim thought about it, he reflected, “What would Father truly enjoy the most on his 90th birthday?”

And he told the VIPs, “Many of you have attended our banquets, you have eaten from our tables and shared your stories, you have enjoyed our celebration, but a real family member not only enjoys the good times together, but they also share each other’s burdens and responsibilities. That is the determining factor between who is a real family member and who is in it for the benefits and for the ride.”

And he challenged them on that day. He looked at them and said, “Be real family members this day, make that decision, believe in True Parents, invest in the Unification Church family; that would be the greatest gift to True Parents on their 90th birthday.”

Let’s give it up for God and True Parents.

You know, we were in Seokcho this time. Father called us in and we stayed for a couple of days, spending time with Parents, and also participating in the Original Divine Principle lectures, and Father was having a very strenuous schedule, sometimes speaking for 10 hours a day. On Monday he spoke for 10 hours, 5 hours in the morning, and then again 5 hours at night, until 1:00 at night. That was very exciting, until 1:00am!

And as we waited, I thought about the many decisions that Father is juggling in his mind, big decisions. But as we were waiting and participating in these things, I thought about the Hoonsanims, those people who have graduated from ministry and are on a monastic, professional religious path. And they are giving Cheong Song here at the church, everyday, 10 hours a day, training, training, from 10:30 in the morning all the way until night time.

And I felt so grateful when I was there at Seokcho. My spirit was down sometimes, as it was heavy at times. But we felt so grateful that somebody was at the church, somebody was training and praying, somebody was paying devotion and accumulating merit for True Parents at this very difficult time.

I returned on Tuesday, and on Wednesday at our 10:00 am training session we did Danbury training, and that’s where we experienced what Father did everyday while he was unjustly incarcerated at Danbury Prison. He cleaned the toilets and the urinals of the criminals every single day. While we were there in the men’s room – check it out, it is very clean – while we were scrubbing the urinals in the men’s room, suddenly a man walks and barges in on us. He had these baggy army clothes on, and this long, straggly beard, and he had a pony tail, and I looked at him. At first I was kind of shocked, I didn’t know who he was, and I looked at him [and realized] I had met this man, just a couple of months ago, and he was actually a famous potter in Korea. Our Bohaejangnim, our vice president here, introduced me to him a couple of months ago, and (now) he was so shocked. He saw the Hoonsanims and myself with our pink rubber gloves up to here, scrubbing the urinals, and said, “You are the Unification International President, what are you doing scrubbing those urinals?”

I told him, “How did you come by, I didn’t know you were here.” I told him “We’re just doing Danbury Training right now. It’s not spring cleaning, don’t be mistaken, it is Danbury training. We are doing a spiritual monastery training. We are trying to cultivate like Father the servant of servant’s heart. We’re far from it but we’re trying it all the time, that’s how we training.”

Every morning when I meet the Hoonsanims at the base of the mountain 2:30 in the morning, they inspire me so much. When I look at them they’re inspired, they’re training so hard, really trying to train themselves to be who they are. They wrap up their winter clothes, freezing today. They’re freezing, they’re smiling, they’re in the 60’s, remember? They are in the 60’s and sent to the mountain to offer the training, to pray for the Unification Movement, God and True Parents. And then also they do the Danbury training.

Sometimes I feel terrible because they’re 60 years old men, and some women are training as well. They’re scrubbing the toilet and the urinals. I see them training, and they inspire me. They really encourage me to remind us that we’re not alone, that these people are the people that we are constantly training, trying to be better and better.

And sometimes I feel so inspired by their willingness, to endure this kind of hardship, this seemingly debasing training, really humbling training. It gives me so much energy to move on. It really encourages me and challenges me to be the best as can be.

The next day I came to Kook Hyung and I told him,” Kook Hyung, you know what? We’re doing Danbury training nowadays and its really great. It’s getting cleaner everyday and we’re doing that in our 10 o’clock training slot.” And I said, “Kook Hyung, I’ll give you a little background. When I was in high school I was a terrible student and I used to blame the teachers for not liking me, ‘ The teachers don’t like me and they religiously discriminate and that’s why I’m always getting D’s.’ And you would tell me (at that time), ‘ No, no, you’re not honest with yourself. Your papers stink, and that’s why you’re getting D’s. If you keep this up all you’re going to be janitor. ‘ ” He said that with a loving heart. And now I told him about the Danbury training and I said, “Kook Hyung, you know what? I have graduated from Harvard, I may be the International President but I am a janitor as well.” Brothers and sisters, give it up for God and True Parents!

Brothers and sisters, what can we learn today? In order to live the blessed life, living with integrity is not only important, it’s absolutely necessary. Neither people nor God will ever want to help those who just talk to talk. They have a word for that. It is called a fraud. There are no perfect people in the world of course, but living to shorten the gap between who we say we are and who we are is an essential practice. Living with honesty, keeping your word, practicing relentlessly to live by the principle of goodness, this is integrity.

And as we’re going now into the growth stage of Cheon Buk Goong in a few months, this integrity is going to be essential for us as a community, especially for those in ministerial, monastic and church affiliated positions. As we move and progress and now get to the national stage where the nation is now going to look upon us, if we live this kind of victory, this kind of integrity and we are truly trained, keep training, keep becoming better and better each and everyday, I do believe we will find ourselves with more victory, more Illumination and more Peace and will live that blessed life and inherit the True Love of God. Let’s give it up for God and True Parents.

Final Prayer:

Heavenly Father thank You for this day that You have created just for us, Father. Father we thank You that You have given us this time here in this sanctuary. Father, we thank You that You fresh our mind. Father, you gave us the time to reflect about ourselves, to look back into ourselves, to cultivate our strength and illuminate the weaknesses that we may see. Father, we pray that You may give us that kind of wisdom and insight today. Father, we pray that You may give us that kind of strength and confidence today. Father, we pray that as we leave this sanctuary that we may go forward into that world with more hope, Father, and with a stronger spirit, Father, with overcoming power knowing that in 2009 we can overcome the challenges that are in front of us, and that we will become stronger and better because of that. Father, we thank You in advance for all the victories that You are preparing for us, and we truly wish and desire that we may come into those blessings. Thank You, Father, for preparing so many things and, Father, we pray that today we may truly see our honesty and integrity as our most precious assets that we may guard and, Father, cultivate so that truly we can bridge the gap between what we say who we are and who we really are. Father, let us always work on that, become better and better each day, just little bit is fine. But, Father, we pray that each day we will have more victory, more illumination and more peace and live that blessed life inheriting Your true love and being that blessed. Thank You so much. We pray all these things in gratitude and in everlasting love in our own names as blessed true family together here as one family, AJU!

Transcribed by:Annie (Mary) Hapeman

Edited by: REv. Bruno Klotz


Rev. Hyung Jin Nim's Opening Prayer

March 13, 2009

Heavenly Father! Thank You for this glorious day that You have given to us, where we are worshipping together in the beautiful Head Quarter Sanctuary in Your Fatherland Korea. This is the place where our True Father shed his blood, sweat and tears for humanity and the sake of the world, when nobody believed that he could go forth and create a worldwide impact.

When True Father was starting in the old HQ church of such humble beginnings in a couple of square meters room they were praying for the world, praying for peace. So many of us may have heard stories, or even followed at that time, but we know that at that time it almost seemed impossible that one man, who was praying for the world, would actually move the world. Father, we have seen this history come to pass, we have seen our lives being impacted by that. We as Second Gen. are here because of that fruit; we would not be here otherwise.

Father, let us know that amazing value and power that is within us, that has been passed down to us by True Parents. Let us know that we have the power to even do the seemingly impossible. Maybe not on our own strength or on our own fortitude but with You, Father, all things can be made possible. We pray that You give us the strength and courage, the hindsight and the future sight, to see our lives becoming brighter and brighter, becoming greater and greater blessings to this world. We pray that You may endow us with Your physical, mental and spiritual strength, so that we can overcome adversity in a manner that is elucidating and illuminating. Let our example truly inspire those who are coming with us, before us and after us.

We thank You so much for this day that You prepared. Let this day be Your day, Father. We pray that the glory and the joy that we can experience, may be doubled and tripled one hundred times over, flowing into Your fathomless, limitless heart. We pray these things with tremendous gratitude and everlasting love in the names of the central blessed families that are gathered here today. Aju!
Sermon: Created To Do The Impossible/Nov. 15th, 2008