“My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness.” (2 Corinthians 12:9)
Hello from Incheon, South Korea, my hometown. I left for Korea on April 13th. My planned return date is April 28th so it’s likely that by the time you get to read this I would be back at my home in Utah. As I had shared at the worship service before my leaving my primary motivation for the trip was to have certain degree of closure to my recent loss due to deaths–my son in October, 2011 and my mother six months later in April, 2012.
I went back to the place where the cremated remains of my parents were dedicated for the first time after three years of mother’s passing. At first I was overcome by varied emotions then in the end it was the compelling sense of thankfulness that I was left with. And that was somewhat surprising. I think I never had said thank you to my parents with that kind of emotional depth.
For the trip to our late son Sam’s place I brought with me heart-shaped stones my wife and I had been collecting during our walks and hikes since Sam’s passing. I made an image of love at the foot of the tree that was dedicate to Sam’s memory (Photo). Love was, and is, everywhere and the grace of God has been sufficient for the day. I want to be thank-full for his memory, and privilege of having been his dad.
My friends, I sincerely want to thank all of you for your care and support during this time. God is good all the time and you have been witnesses God’s grace in a real and concrete way. And I want to thank you for letting me be your pastor.
Your servant in Christ,
Rev. Eun-sang Lee