December 28, 2016

Sunset in Washington DC


The sunset glow in Washington DC skies was creating a majestic and beautiful scene. A building of Howard University is seen from the Children's National Medical Center.

October 09, 2016

Nothing can Separate Us from God's Love

“The Return of the Prodigal Son” by Rembrandt (1669)
Anything -including blame, hurts and shameful sins- cannot separate you from God's ardent love. When you confess "God is my shepherd" in the midst of solitude, God's voice of calling us the beloved would become much clear and clear, and ultimately we could stay in a great comfort and peace given by God. So, Henri Nouwen said, "You have to pray. You have to listen to the voice who calls you the beloved, because otherwise you will run around begging for affirmation, for praise, for success" (in his article 'Moving from solitude to community to ministry').

September 30, 2016

Green


Green. Reproduced from bezzera.tistory.com.


Green

Lucas You

Walking through a rugged road,
I came across a small flower named Green
glittering like jewel, and
attracting with innocent and gorgeous scent.

Its memory became more and more vivid,
by and by it seized my whole heart.

Why couldn't I draw Green on my path?
Why couldn't I let Green know the fierce battle?
Because afraid of hurting Green.

I stared Green not knowing anything
with a shower of hided tears.
I tenderly buried the Green heart in the corner of my path.

And walked down the road again
with an irresistible yearning for attractive odor
burned into my memory forever.

September 18, 2016

Doctor for Mental Illness

My mind is a battlefield between angel and evil, between hope and despair. I watched a movie "A Beautiful Mind" featuring a mathematician Dr. John Nash. Although he had great achievements in the field of mathematics and economics so that he won a Novel prize in economics, he had suffered from schizophrenia. He had been under the false illusion that some virtual persons shadowed him to tease him. It is really ironic that an intelligent figure who won a Novel prize had to suffer from absurd and preposterous thoughts.
As I reflect myself, I realize that I do the exactly same things as Nash had done. Satan is not truth, but I am so excessively compliant to him that I easily used to trust his whispers every day and every time. In the view of God, I might be a patient who suffer from schizophrenia and lives in a world of illusion. God is the only doctor who can treat my illness. As anyone who has pains in stomach should not go to an obstetrician, anyone who has pains in his mind should go to Jesus Christ as He promised that he will definitely cure our mind.
The poor and needy search for water,
but there is none;
their tongues are parched with thirst.
But I the Lord will answer them;
I, the God of Israel, will not forsake them.
I will make rivers flow on barren heights,
and springs within the valleys.
I will turn the desert into pools of water,
and the parched ground into springs.
- Isaiah 41:17-18 (NIV)

September 05, 2016

God Is Not Wishful Thinking

I have been reading the book "The Language of God" written by Dr. Francis Collins. In the second chapter he raised a question, "isn't the idea of God just wish fulfillment?" Of course NOT in the Christian view. I never suppose that the idea of God is just a psychological consequence of human experiences as Freud suggested. If it were nothing more than wishful thinking, why has the image of God described in the Bible been very different from what we desire? Collins wrote,
"The problem with this wish-fulfillment argument is that it does not accord with the character of the God of the major religion of the earth."
Moreover, the exquisiteness of natural principles is hard to be understood without assuming the existence of supernatural power. Indeed, I used to exclaim the unerring precision of natural law underlying the fetal circulation as a scientist. For example, the development of fetal brain is sustainable and resilient against abrupt changes in external environment, as long as the oxygen is supplied stably from the placenta and it has not experienced any pathological problem. I firmly believe that the autoregulation mechanism of fetal brain could not be attributed to the struggle for existence, although I have no sophisticated reasoning underlying my thought. It is obvious that this book stimulates me to think of such a philosophical topic as a Christian scientist.