Wednesday, December 4, 2013

A Prayer

Beloved Heavenly Father! Today is October 5, 1998, which is also Chuseok in Korea, a day of celebration on which the people honor their ancestors. You have worked endlessly to establish the realm of liberation for the Old, New and Completed Testament ages in history to ease Your grief over not having seen this world become a settlement of love, in which all forms of creation, all people in the spirit world, countless believers, and all things created with love and living on earth would have lived together with You. Today, before heaven and earth, Cheongpyeong in Korea, and the people gathered here in São Paulo in the western world, please bring to an end the sorrowful history that You have had to endure, (296-9, 1998.10.5)

One may not necessarily understand or even approved of Rev. Sun Myung Moon, but when I read the prayer above I sure don't see anything wrong with it.  I wish our world would be the way he is praying for.  I have not lived an impossible dream.  I truly believe that with conscious effort we can make our world a peaceful, joyful, and loving one.

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Perfection is a Moving Target

I am perfect when, as a newborn, I cry for attention and think only of myself.

I am perfect when, at six years old, I write on the wall with my new crayons and run in a mud puddle with my new shoes.

 I am perfect when, at sixteen years old, I want to change the world, cry out for peace and freedom, and challenge the authorities

I am perfect when, at twenty-six years old, I seek for long-term companionship, look for stability in my new job, try to understand the world around me, and make efforts to belong. 

I am perfect when, at thirty-six years old, I volunteer as coach for the middle school Girls softball team, I camp out with my son and his boy-scout group, I donate blood occasionally. When I try to be the best I can be, seeking God guidance every day. When I obey the good laws, and involve myself in trying to change what I feel are inadequate or bad laws.

I am perfect when, at forty-six years old, I cry within my soul for the suffering of humankind, I have no hate in my heart for evil, but I hope that even It, someday will feel love and compassion.

I am old today; I have no fear of death. I did my best and helped the world to be a better place. I thank God for His constant presence, His patience, and His love. I dream of a peaceful word and seek to help it from the world I am about to reach. I am perfect.

Monday, June 24, 2013

The Three Blessings

Last night as I reflected on my day, the, "Three Blessings" mentioned in the Bible came to mind.  We have been educated to think of them in relationship to a person individual growth.  However, I came to remember some other teachings that told me that when God created, "Man", he created a very complex being that encompassed all the elements of the created world before Him.  I was also told that God's Principle is found at all levels of the creation, from the cellular level to the most complex level of creation, humans.
I came to reflect that God's Principle and laws are not only a part or segment of His creation but for all of His creation, and therefore the, "Three Blessings" need to be applied at more than just an individual’s growth.  For example, a group of people, like a church or a movement, may need to follow these principles in order so that God's blessings can be received.

To become fruitful, for a tree it is easy, but for a human being it is a lot more complex.  And, as I have been taught it does not only mean to reach maturity physically, but it also means to reach maturity spiritually.  Before one can multiply as a movement, a church, a group of people, it must fulfill the first blessing, first, so that growth in numbers can really take place in a very large and God's centered way.