The Words of In Jin Moon from 2011

Sermon Notes July 24, 2011

In Jin Moon

1. In Jin Nim greeted everyone – she shared that she felt the energy in the room. She especially recognized the members of the high school camp who were present. It was her privilege to spend a little bit of time with them at UTS. Every time she gets a chance to spend time with our kids she realizes that there is so much hope for the future -- in the sheer beauty of their faces and the promises of all that they can be – it inspires her to work a little bit harder and to run a little bit faster -- and hopefully create the kind of world that we are all longing for.

2. In Jin Nim just came back from a world tour of sorts. The last time she spent time with True Parents was in the beautiful city of Abuja, Nigeria. Our True Father poured out his heart to the African people. Together with the Lovin' Life team, In Jin Nim was able to share a Lovin' Life Sunday service with our African brothers and sisters -- about 800 of them.

3. As In Jin Nim gazed out over the audience she was overcome by the sheer beauty of the audience – such a rare occasion to have such a contrast of colors in the audience. Here in New York City at Lovin' Life, with the beauty of all different cultures from different backgrounds and races coming together – there is dark and light hair, chestnut brown, red hair, all different shades, but, in Africa, the audience was predominantly black skin. It was like looking into a sea of ebony – in which the only thing you saw sparkling were the whites of the eyes of our brothers and sisters. It was as if she was gazing into the midnight sky and seeing the twinkle of the brilliant stars embedded in the sky. Of course, when they smiled, you saw their fabulous flashing white teeth – the sheer contrast between black-and-white was shockingly beautiful. In Jin Nim realized, every day there is something beautiful that God shows us.

4. If we have the heart and eyes to take in the little details, the little beauties of life that are shared, she realized how blessed and how grateful we can feel in our life of faith. The time with our African brothers and sisters was truly memorable.

Anders Breivik under arrest

5. Just as beautiful and exciting as the morning could be, we realize that in Oslo, Norway there is a great tragedy unfolding in that many lives were taken away by this 32-year-old man, Anders Breivik, who took it upon himself to teach the world what he wanted to teach. They say that he is a right-wing Christian fundamentalist. He was terribly upset about the position that the Norwegian government took in regard to allowing cultural exchange, allowing for different faiths to be celebrated – in particular Islam. He was very unhappy about Marxist thought that was being disseminated across the country. In order to clear the air and shake the world up to what he wanted to say, he took the lives of 84 children who were all under the age of 25 at a youth workshop. And he blew up a government building killing seven and wounding over 90 people.

6. When we wake up to this kind of news and we realize that there is so much hatred in the world today, once again In Jin Nim is reminded how important it is to have True Parents with us at this time of the breaking news.

7. One of the young survivors, a little girl, said that this man was a testament to how ugly hatred can be – but if we could all unite together in love, if we can stand together in love – how beautiful would that be?

8. If one man can showcase his hatred in such a horrific way – shouldn't we as a worldwide community, understanding ourselves as one family under God, showcase the love we have for each other by standing together as that united family, and by saying, if we truly understand our Heavenly Parent, our God up in heaven, if we are a true Christian, Muslim, Catholic, Protestant, or Unificationist, then it is our duty to showcase our love for one another by rising above our differences – cultural, racial, and religious differences. This is the message that our True Parents have come to teach and to remind humanity of.

9. They come to teach the importance of unity. "U" 'n (and) "I" need True Parents, we need True Parents in our lives – to understand the value of what our purpose is – to be those eternal sons and daughters of God, to understand that we are not going to just preach about being one family under God, but we are actually going to substantiate, become one family under God through this beautiful process of the Holy Blessing ceremony –where people from different cultures, races, and religions are encouraged and empowered to seek international, intercultural, and inter-religious marriages – so that we don't just talk the talk about unity and one family under God, but we substantiate it by becoming part of God's original lineage through the magic of the Blessing.

10. Therefore, the church that our True Parents gave birth to – and In Jin Nim knows that a lot of people have a problem with this concept of our movement as a church – but you have to understand that one of the most glorious and beautiful sacraments that our True Parents bring to this world is the Blessing, this opportunity to graft on to the original lineage of our Heavenly Father. And this sacrament is administered through the church, through the Unification Church. You do not receive the sacrament of the Blessing through a peace organization or peace movement – but you do it through the context of a religious organization or a church – truly understanding and honoring God in that sacred hour, when a man and a woman who are prepared in knowing who they are, and who are prepared in wanting to commit their life to God, to humanity, and to each other – and through this magical beautiful process of the Blessing enter into this worldwide family and really have an opportunity to have that ideal family – or have a chance to build that ideal family on their own.

11. When we think about how glorious it is to be living at this time with the Second Coming, the Lord of the Second Advent, our True Parents – we need to realize that this is not an ordinary time. And our True Parents are not ordinary people. They are people who have been anointed with a special mission to really heal the world and to teach the world about the preciousness and profundity of living our lives infused with true love and thereby be the kind of people, be the kind of nations, the kind of world that can usher in a new millennium of peace.

12. Our True Father, the Rev. Sun Myung Moon, said many years ago, and has consistently reminded us, that we cannot have peace without understanding what love is all about. He has consistently taught us and reminded us that love is the greatest force, the greatest power in the universe. It was love that ignited the spark of God's imagination to create his beautiful sons and daughters. God wanted to experience love – to love and to be loved – that is how we came to be.

13. In order to really fully understand what we are all about we cannot preach about the world of peace, we cannot claim that we are doing fabulous service projects – and therefore because we are "living for the sake of others" and feeling good about ourselves – by default the world of peace is going to take place. We can do good works, but if we do not understand what love is all about then there is no way we can accomplish what we want to accomplish so badly.

14. Our True Father has taught us over the years that we come to understand what love is all about in the context of the family – by rubbing up against, truly rubbing up against our parents, our children, our spouse, our brothers and sisters, and through this process of overcoming all the difficulties and jealousies and maybe even hatred that might arise within the context of a family – if they can overcome this and truly learn to love each other as members of a family – that is what gives us hope in building a world that can truly say, "we belong to one family – truly practicing the art of true love, truly understanding what a difficult process it is to heal" But as long as we have a plan and a purpose and direction in our lives, because we know that we are God's eternal sons and daughters, then there is an infinite possibility to what we and our community and our world can be.

15. When In Jin Nim thinks about how precious it is to have our True Parents with us she realizes that life is very much like a journey. It is like getting a new car and driving down this long highway.

16. The Bible says in Deuteronomy 28:1-2, it reminds us that if we diligently hearken to the voice of God, God is talking to us every minute, every second, and every hour of our day. It is really our responsibility to exercise our 5% responsibility by taking that initiative, being proactive in tapping into that divine voice, that inner voice through which God speaks. If we can diligently hearken to the voice of God, God promises us several things. God says that we will be able to overcome many, many different things if we concentrate on observing and truly doing what he commands us to do.

17. The Bible uses the word 'observe'. The Webster dictionary defines that word in several ways -- it can be to watch something, it can be to celebrate a special day such as a religious holiday or in remembrance of something. And observe – means you exercise your visual perception.

18. The Bible goes on to say, if you observe and you diligently do – the visual perception and awareness that we have in our daily life needs to be linked to what we do, meaning how we put that perception into action. In the Bible it goes on to say, if we do this – then God will put us on the most high, above all the nations of the world. And it says that we'll come to realize that the blessings will come on all of us, and the blessings will not come slowly – but will suddenly overtake us, if we hearken to the voice of God.

19. In Jin Nim always found this passage to be quite interesting, in that it encourages us to really listen to the divine voice that is always flowing through our veins and through our hearts and through our soul. It is encouraging us to listen to that inner voice, and to not just listen but to be aware, be self-aware and be aware of your surroundings – knowing not just who we are as God's eternal sons and daughters, knowing not just what we are – we may be a great student, doctor, professor, dancer, or musician. But also the word 'observe' pinpoints or highlights the importance of knowing where we are.

20. It asks us to not just observe and understand who and what and where we are in life, but it also links the importance of visual perception, how we see things, together with the importance of actually substantiating, or doing, or manifesting what we perceive. And if we do so, continuously listening to the voice of God that rings through all of us, because we are all divine human beings, then we can tap into this incredible blessing that God promises, or prophesies, or wishes upon us – that He would like us to sit on the most high above all the nations of the world, that he wishes upon us great blessings to come on thee, on us, and not to just come on us but to overtake us, surprise us, to really wake us up – to see what we are all about.

21. When you look back at over 50 years of our Unification Church history, we realize that many times the first generation went through a process of driving down this highway. When they first came across the beauty and the profundity, and the sheer power of the truth of God's message to His sons and daughters – they suddenly became alive. It is as if a spark plug has ignited our souls and we realize that our life has a divine purpose and there is a divine plan and we are so overjoyed in knowing that we have also been anointed to live at this time together with our True Parents – and we come alive. In a way the world starts brand-new for all of us. This is certainly the experience that our True Parents, your (2nd gen) parents had, and anyone who comes to understand the truth and beauty of the breaking news. We all come to feel alive in our new spiritual life – because our spiritual eyes and spiritual hearts have been awakened.

22. We realize that the last 40 years in the wilderness – that in a way it has been something to be able to maintain this spark of feeling alive – for the long torturous process of going through the wilderness in the last 40 years. We experienced the highs and the lows, we experienced when our Father first arrived on American soil and everyone was so delighted to hear the breaking news of our True Parents, the Day of Hope tours, the Washington Monument rally, the Yankee Stadium rally – we were so alive.

23. But we also experienced the lows, the persecution that came thereafter, of everybody being afraid of this eccentric oriental couple coming with this incredibly powerful message of hope and of true love and of trying to build this ideal family – of being a part of God's 'one family under God.' Many people were afraid that our True Parents had such a powerful sway over the young people. How else are you able to take someone's life, someone who is going nowhere, someone who did not understand their destiny in life, did not have a purpose, perhaps were engaged in drugs and a half-hazard way of living with no thought about their future or the future of the nation – suddenly becoming someone who is incredibly determined, alive, and pointed towards a purpose and a goal. The change from someone who lives the life in disarray to someone who has a finite and clear purpose – this was something that was incredibly contrasting – so contrasting that many people could not understand how such a change could take place. Because of this words like brainwashing were used. "Rev. Moon must be really busy washing people's brains. He must be having a special laundry service after Sunday service." They started calling us brainwashed zombie and cult. In reality the word cult is a positive word – it means a new religion, a new way of thinking. But they took that word and use it to mean something incredibly ugly. We were seen as a cultish church. We suffered the backlash of being called Moonies for decades. We've had to deal with the misunderstanding of our church – branded as a monstrous predator that preys on these helpless young American brothers and sisters.

24. We have gone through a great deal of suffering, but now at this time of the breaking news, it is really no longer a call to just merely survive – but to really transition into the age of settlement when we have arrived at a point in our lives when we no longer struggle with the survival mentality of the wilderness and we can finally put down our roots and become that internally and externally awesome people that we all are – and truly celebrate and love each other, loving our community, and loving our families, and begin to enjoy thriving – no longer surviving and barely making do – but truly thriving, tapping into what we initially felt by being alive. Perhaps we lost that spark along the way while we tried our best to survive through the years in the wilderness. But this is really a time to thrive. It is a time to observe what God is telling us, and not just observe, but do.

25. If we understand our life to be like a journey on a highway – usually when people set off on a journey it would be helpful if they had an awareness of where they are going and how they are going to get there. But one of the things you realize when you get into the seat of the car – a lot of people are very good drivers and many people have driven quite a number of years, they have a great deal of experience, but many times we become so good at doing what we have been doing that perhaps we are not aware of the changing scenery, or the changing highway, or the different roads that are being built as we move on down our journey of life.

26. One of the things that we need to concentrate on, if we are to be a safe driver, is that we have to be mindful of looking forward through the front windshield at the road. We have to look out toward where we are going. We have to look forward to where we want to go. During that time of survival, the wilderness time, we have been very good drivers – in terms of looking forward to what we want to build, to where we are going. We have been very good about keeping our focus on the distant horizon as we move on down the highway, steering ourselves down the highway.

27. Even the simple things that we enjoyed, making us comfortable, or giving us satisfaction – for example we were very good at delaying gratification, because we were looking towards the future so we were going to sacrifice everything we have – because we are building a better future. We are going to delay our gratification because we are fixed on the distant horizon.

28. But one of the things we need to realize in wanting to be a good driver, you not only have to look forward when you're driving – but just as important as keeping our eyes on the distant horizon, where we would like to reach and how we would like to reach our destination – it is incredibly important to be mindful of where we are now in the present. Meaning, we have to be aware of what is happening in our environment now. It is as important as looking forward.

29. Many of us in our life of sacrifice, our life of suffering, and living for the sake of others were literally dying for the sake of others. Because, delayed gratification became – denied gratification. In order to survive we came to deny any kind of gratification whatsoever. We thought that was the reason why God put us here on earth. We were not realizing that – even as we have our eyes towards the future, we must still be driving in the present, we must still be enjoying the ride, creating the ride, substantiating the ride – as we move forward.

30. We also realize that when we are driving we also have a rearview mirror that we must always be cognizant of – that we must be aware of. It's not just looking to where we are going, towards the distant horizon, from time to time we need look back. The rearview mirror is like looking back into your past – looking at what is behind you.

31. But if we are to be a great driver we cannot just be looking in the rearview mirror. Because, if we are going 60 or 70 mph while not being cognizant of where we need to go, or where we are in the car right now at the present time, then sooner or later, just looking backward, we are going to run into something.

32. We realize that many times in our effort to survive the wilderness mentality we were also preoccupied with indemnity. We were preoccupied with indemnifying all the sins of the past. We were overburdened with all the bad things that we had done, or that our ancestors had done, and we kept on looking backwards. And, sometimes the sheer weight of our past kept us fixated in the past – not allowing us the room, or flexibility, to process into the future by seizing the present and making it into what we wanted it to be.

33. We realize in our period in the wilderness, that not only were some of us fixated only on the future – understanding our lives to be denied gratification, but some of us were also fixated only on the past in that we cannot let go of the very thing that we needed to let go of in order to move on and become those better people.

34. At the same time we know that probably one of the most dangerous things we need to be cognizant of is this thing called the side view mirror. There is always this little message on the side view mirror which is very interesting – it says, "objects may be closer than they appear." So many people are not cognizant of this blind spot that the side view mirrors are hoping to highlight. Many, many accidents are caused – because we are not aware of how close the object is that we see in the side view mirror. Of course the technology has caught up and now good cars have a blinking light on their side view mirror – in case you don't see it, the light blinks to let you know that something is there.

35. Many times in our life of faith we have lots of blind spots, depending on where we are in life – and we want to go forward, we want to capitalize and seize the day in understanding what we need to do in the present, but at the same time being held back by our past – all the while not realizing that sometimes the greatest danger comes from something that is incredibly close. It is just like – the darkest area of a lamp is right underneath the lamp. The lamp gives us brilliant light to allow us to do the things that we need to do in the evening – such as to read, but the darkest place is under the lamp.

36. In a way, this blind spot in this analogy of being the driver in a car, is a reminder for all of us to not be shortsighted in taking for granted the time that we are living in together with our True Parents. The True Parents of mankind are here with us, truly guiding and paving the highway that we are driving on – and we are so close to our True Parents, we are living at the same time as our True Parents, we can see our True Parents, we can hear the words of our True Parents – many times we are too close and we don't notice how incredibly precious they are. When we take them for granted, when we fail to see them with our spiritual eyes and just look at them as an old man and a woman – we are forgetting to realize how incredible our anointment is – living at this precious time with our True Parents. And just as the blind spot is incredibly dangerous to the driver, if we do not understand how incredibly important our True Parents are in our life at this time – then we are like the driver ready to collide into the very thing that can give us incredible inspiration, empowerment, and nourishment – and drive over them, drive over our True Parents, not realizing who they are or what they are in the context of providential history, and not realizing that where we are is shown by the roads that they have paved, the different highways, the different interstates, the different pathways that they've been paving for the last 50 or so years.

37. And if we are so close to this object in our blind spots that we don't realize the time and significance of what we are dealing with – living together with our True Parents – then we are not going to be observing, we are not going to be aware, when God wants to put us on the most high above all nations – when God wants to bless us, the blessing to come on all of us, when God wants to bless us in such a way that the blessing over takes us – if we are not aware because we have succumbed to our blind spots – we will not able to even recognize the blessing that is traveling right alongside of us. We are not going to even see the blessing that is going to come upon us, that will overtake us, because we are so preoccupied with what we are dealing with in our own individualistic lives.

38. When In Jin Nim thinks about and prays about this verse in Ecclesiastes it is really an effort by our Heavenly Father and Mother to really encourage us, to own up to who we are. A lot of people say, "I don't want to really reflect on the kind of person that I am. I don't want to start to take a really hard look at what I'm about, because I know what I am." Most people in our movement have come to that conclusion. "I have heard the Divine Principle, I have been sparked into a new life, I know the truth, and I know who I am." But, as important as it is to know who we are as God's eternal sons and daughters, we as a divine being, that eternal son and daughter, have a responsibility to grow and deepen in our faith – to grow in our faith, to bare flesh in our faith, and the only way you can truly bare flesh in our faith is by experiencing the drive ourselves – by experiencing being aware of who we are, but also knowing where we need to go – because once we decide where we need to go, then we can work on how we are going to get there.

39. Here at Lovin' Life Min., it is not just a feel-good Sunday service. Here is an attempt to build the kind of community, a thriving community that can truly inspire our own to be great sons and daughters of God – not just internally but also externally – to encourage our youth to see beyond what we thought we could be, and to remind our community that these dancers (there were 3 dance performances before In Jin Nim began speaking) can dance the way they do, not because they were blessed with a talent. Talent is just the beginning. It is to diligently listen to the voice of God (as it says in Ecclesiastes), diligently listen – meaning if you have a good teacher you need to unite with that teacher by diligently listening, uniting, and following what the teacher is asking you to do – by observing what is asked of you and to carry it out. The great dancers from Dancing With The Stars dance the way they do because they diligently united with their teacher.

40. They did not just unite, but they practiced. When someone does something well in life – no one becomes great or successful by default. Nobody is born great or successful. Success and greatness come through hard work, diligence, to go through putting in the grinding hours, suffering through the blood, sweat, and tears, having a plan and a purpose in life, and if you want to be a great dancer you spend those four or five hours every day in the studio sweating it out, practicing against the resistance of your own body – understanding resistance is not something that obstructs, but something that offers opportunity for you to become stronger, leaner, and more flexible.

41. If we think in these terms, and understand that the difficult things that we need to work out, what In Jin Nim calls the 'resistance' in life – is not something that should kill us, that should chop us off at our knees – but when we are feeling a bit of resistance, that is when we need to open up our eyes and say, "here I have before me resistance. That means I have been given an opportunity to stretch beyond my thoughts of what I could be, to strengthen, to become stronger through the process of going through this resistance. Ahh, this is an opportunity for me to go deeper into myself, into my limbs so that I can truly be that flexible body that can be thrown into any situation – but because we are so flexible and we have been trained and we have been diligently practicing – we can survive in any environment, in any setting, and that is what defines a winner."

42. When you look at our two father's life, this is a man who overcame every odd possible. He was born into a very small provincial village. He was called and anointed by Jesus Christ at the tender age of 16, but this is a man who has gone through six prison terms – one of which was in a North Korean concentration camp, Heung Nam – where he survived for two years and eight months. This is a man who was thrown out for dead, a man who has been misunderstood, misrepresented, abused, and called every name in the book. But he never, never wavered. He was diligent in harking to the voice of God. Regardless of what resistance he saw in his path he saw it as an opportunity to grow and to strengthen and deepen – and he never, never wavered. Throughout all these years of incredible suffering, and it is not just our True Father but it is our True Mother as well.

Sun Myung Moon, Hak Ja Han, Hyung Jin Moon, and Ye Jin Moon, May 5, 2011

43. When In Jin Nim spends time with True Father in Las Vegas, Father is relentless – five, seven hour Hoon Dok Hae, Mother being the wonderful beautiful wife, reminding Father to please eat, as he totally disregards usual schedules, going on and on, pushing himself – and mother trying to be there. She is the only one who is awake when father is a wake, who goes to sleep when father goes to sleep. And this woman has been at it for more than 50 years. It is extraordinary!

44. In Jin Nim said to Father, "the world is a better place because you were born, but thank God for our True Mother – the world is a beautiful place."

45. And so we have before us this inner voice made manifest in the person of our True Parents. So when In Jin Nim spoke to our members in Nigeria she told him that when she was on the plane and they told her, "25 minutes before landing," she said in her mind that she hopes the pilot is absolutely united with the control tower. Because, her life is in the hands of the pilot and the person in the control tower. Even if the direction is off by 1° many, many bad things can happen.

46. Think about JFK airport and LaGuardia airport, think of how many thousands of planes land every day. But we live our days assuming that our takeoff and landing will be safe, that we will be brought home safely to our loved ones, because we know that there is just one control tower at the airport – and we hope that our pilots are in constant communication with the control tower. Because, imagine if there were at JFK more than one control tower. What if some people who do not like the JFK airport – "JFK Airport is no good, the person in the control tower is no good, he is not doing a good enough job, he is getting too old, he is senile." Let's say a group of people bring their cardboard and papier-mâché and build another control tower next to the original control tower and break into the communications with the different pilots, who are communicating with a real control tower, telling them not to listen to the senile person in the control tower – "they do not know what they are doing you must listen to us, listen to our coordinates, listen to what runways we are asking you to land on. Do not land on the runways that the real, senile, control tower is asking you to do."

47. Can you imagine what would happen? Can you imagine if you were on the highway, and you believe you are on Interstate 90, but then further down, the road splits into two or three highways, each with a sign for Interstate 90. What are you going to do? How will you know where to go? Or if we are on flight, 83, going into Abuja, can you imagine the horror and shock of the people on board when the stewardess tells them that there are two control towers in Abuja. That would be a nice way of saying we are all going to be, "Kentucky fried chickens!"

48. We have to understand that the clarity of direction is incredibly important for any organization. An airport is a very good example – we are talking about life and death. We're talking about the life and death of people taking off and coming in for landing. If we do not have clear direction of where we need to go, because we know who we are, we will never reach our destination, we will never get there. Likewise if we are so consumed and confused at the critical hour when we have to land, as to which control tower we need to be listening to, and we are weighing the options of more than two or three control towers, that plane is not going to be able to come home. It will land but it will not come home.

49. We have to understand that at this time of the breaking news, it is our founder that has been anointed by God, inspired by God, that has taken us through the time of the wilderness and is now pointing us towards the time of settlement when we need to thrive and love life and really be gratified and satisfied in our religious life as we are in all other aspects of our life.

50. This is a time in which there will be static in the air, there will be a lot of ad hoc control towers saying, "listen to me, we are better, we know better." But if you want to come home safely, and we all want to come home safely into the embrace of our Heavenly Father and Mother, then we need to remain true, loyal, and unified with our control tower, because whether we are faithful loyal and unified or not will determine whether we live or die. This is a critical time when whether we are united with our True Parents or not will determine whether we live or die spiritually.

51. Sometimes the greatest danger is something that is incredibly close to us. Another control tower may be someone else in the True Family, it might be someone else in the position of leadership, maybe one of the Continental Directors, or it may be someone who is a national leader, but this is a time to not be confused – and unite with our True Father who speaks through the youngest son, who is the spiritual head of our movement.

52. We as a movement, in order to thrive, in order to be alive in the glorious community that God envisions for all of us, we have to help transition from the real control tower to the next one that our True Father and True Mother are preparing – by raising up the younger brother, Rev. Hyung Jin Moon, to be that spiritual head, to be that new control tower. The clarity of direction, clarity of communication, and clarity of longitudinal coordinates given will be understood and brothers and sisters taking off, and coming and going, will always land safely.

53. In Jin Nim knows that a lot of people think, "maybe we should listen to the other control tower. Maybe they will help us fly higher, fly further, and fly more efficiently." But it is not how high you fly, it's not how far or how efficiently you fly, if you do not know where you are going. If you don't have a clear destination you will run out of fuel. Regardless of how high you fly, regardless of how brilliantly far you fly, with no fuel you will have nothing. Fuel for us is the true love that our True Parents are conducting through their love for humanity, because they understand that they are the conduit through which all of humanity will be grafted on to this heavenly family, this heavenly lineage.

54. "Brothers and sisters we are living at a glorious time. And the Bible teaches us in Proverbs 3:6 – that as long as we acknowledge Him (and Her) be mindfully aware, have our self-perception enlightened by the power of true love, as long as we are mentally, spiritually, and emotionally aware – to be in a position to acknowledge our Heavenly Parents to be our parents up in heaven and to acknowledge their representative, our True Parents here on earth – as long as we can acknowledge him and her, God will prepare the path, pave the path, for all of us – pave the path to reach, to satisfy, and to complete our glorious destinies that are waiting for us if we can only open our spiritual eyes and begin to see, to observe, and to continue to do the good work that we are doing."

55. "So brothers and sisters I bring a great love and hope and blessing from our True Parents who are in Las Vegas right now. Please have a glorious Sunday and please go in knowing, we are that incredible and that phenomenal movement, here to do good work. And we need to be confident and proud of who we are as Unificationists. So be that proud eternal son and daughter of God, be that empowered son and daughter of God, in knowing that by acknowledging our God up in heaven that our path has been paged gloriously by God. And I always find it quite fitting, when I hear the words of great saints and teachers that have always said, "many times people miss the glory of who they are, when people are so engaged in living out their story" – so all of us are like a myth in the making. Everything that we do will be a story for our children and our future generations. Just because we are in the midst of living out our own story, we must not be so blind-sighted to our blind-spot, to neglect – that the life, the course, and the drive that we are on is a drive that is glorious – which will inspire many, many people to come."

56. "You are blessed you are anointed. Please go in love and work hard for the peace and harmony for all of our brothers and sisters. And I pray that you can have a special prayer for those good souls who lost their lives in Norway. Have a great week and thank you once again."


Deuteronomy, chapter 28

1: "And if you obey the voice of the LORD your God, being careful to do all his commandments which I command you this day, the LORD your God will set you high above all the nations of the earth.

2: And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, if you obey the voice of the LORD your God.

3: Blessed shall you be in the city, and blessed shall you be in the field.

4: Blessed shall be the fruit of your body, and the fruit of your ground, and the fruit of your beasts, the increase of your cattle, and the young of your flock.

5: Blessed shall be your basket and your kneading-trough.

6: Blessed shall you be when you come in, and blessed shall you be when you go out.

7: "The LORD will cause your enemies who rise against you to be defeated before you; they shall come out against you one way, and flee before you seven ways.

8: The LORD will command the blessing upon you in your barns, and in all that you undertake; and he will bless you in the land which the LORD your God gives you.

9: The LORD will establish you as a people holy to himself, as he has sworn to you, if you keep the commandments of the LORD your God, and walk in his ways.

10: And all the peoples of the earth shall see that you are called by the name of the LORD; and they shall be afraid of you.

11: And the LORD will make you abound in prosperity, in the fruit of your body, and in the fruit of your cattle, and in the fruit of your ground, within the land which the LORD swore to your fathers to give you.

12: The LORD will open to you his good treasury the heavens, to give the rain of your land in its season and to bless all the work of your hands; and you shall lend to many nations, but you shall not borrow.

13: And the LORD will make you the head, and not the tail; and you shall tend upward only, and not downward; if you obey the commandments of the LORD your God, which I command you this day, being careful to do them,

14: and if you do not turn aside from any of the words which I command you this day, to the right hand or to the left, to go after other gods to serve them.

15: "But if you will not obey the voice of the LORD your God or be careful to do all his commandments and his statutes which I command you this day, then all these curses shall come upon you and overtake you.

16: Cursed shall you be in the city, and cursed shall you be in the field.

17: Cursed shall be your basket and your kneading-trough.

18: Cursed shall be the fruit of your body, and the fruit of your ground, the increase of your cattle, and the young of your flock.

19: Cursed shall you be when you come in, and cursed shall you be when you go out.

20: "The LORD will send upon you curses, confusion, and frustration, in all that you undertake to do, until you are destroyed and perish quickly, on account of the evil of your doings, because you have forsaken me.

21: The LORD will make the pestilence cleave to you until he has consumed you off the land which you are entering to take possession of it.

22: The LORD will smite you with consumption, and with fever, inflammation, and fiery heat, and with drought, and with blasting, and with mildew; they shall pursue you until you perish.

23: And the heavens over your head shall be brass, and the earth under you shall be iron.

24: The LORD will make the rain of your land powder and dust; from heaven it shall come down upon you until you are destroyed.

25: "The LORD will cause you to be defeated before your enemies; you shall go out one way against them, and flee seven ways before them; and you shall be a horror to all the kingdoms of the earth.

26: And your dead body shall be food for all birds of the air, and for the beasts of the earth; and there shall be no one to frighten them away.

27: The LORD will smite you with the boils of Egypt, and with the ulcers and the scurvy and the itch, of which you cannot be healed.

28: The LORD will smite you with madness and blindness and confusion of mind;

29: and you shall grope at noonday, as the blind grope in darkness, and you shall not prosper in your ways; and you shall be only oppressed and robbed continually, and there shall be no one to help you.

30: You shall betroth a wife, and another man shall lie with her; you shall build a house, and you shall not dwell in it; you shall plant a vineyard, and you shall not use the fruit of it.

31: Your ox shall be slain before your eyes, and you shall not eat of it; your ass shall be violently taken away before your face, and shall not be restored to you; your sheep shall be given to your enemies, and there shall be no one to help you.

32: Your sons and your daughters shall be given to another people, while your eyes look on and fail with longing for them all the day; and it shall not be in the power of your hand to prevent it.

33: A nation which you have not known shall eat up the fruit of your ground and of all your labors; and you shall be only oppressed and crushed continually;

34: so that you shall be driven mad by the sight which your eyes shall see.

35: The LORD will smite you on the knees and on the legs with grievous boils of which you cannot be healed, from the sole of your foot to the crown of your head.

36: "The LORD will bring you, and your king whom you set over you, to a nation that neither you nor your fathers have known; and there you shall serve other gods, of wood and stone.

37: And you shall become a horror, a proverb, and a byword, among all the peoples where the LORD will lead you away.

38: You shall carry much seed into the field, and shall gather little in; for the locust shall consume it.

39: You shall plant vineyards and dress them, but you shall neither drink of the wine nor gather the grapes; for the worm shall eat them.

40: You shall have olive trees throughout all your territory, but you shall not anoint yourself with the oil; for your olives shall drop off.

41: You shall beget sons and daughters, but they shall not be yours; for they shall go into captivity.

42: All your trees and the fruit of your ground the locust shall possess.

43: The sojourner who is among you shall mount above you higher and higher; and you shall come down lower and lower.

44: He shall lend to you, and you shall not lend to him; he shall be the head, and you shall be the tail.

45: All these curses shall come upon you and pursue you and overtake you, till you are destroyed, because you did not obey the voice of the LORD your God, to keep his commandments and his statutes which he commanded you.

46: They shall be upon you as a sign and a wonder, and upon your descendants for ever.

47: "Because you did not serve the LORD your God with joyfulness and gladness of heart, by reason of the abundance of all things,

48: therefore you shall serve your enemies whom the LORD will send against you, in hunger and thirst, in nakedness, and in want of all things; and he will put a yoke of iron upon your neck, until he has destroyed you.

49: The LORD will bring a nation against you from afar, from the end of the earth, as swift as the eagle flies, a nation whose language you do not understand,

50: a nation of stern countenance, who shall not regard the person of the old or show favor to the young,

51: and shall eat the offspring of your cattle and the fruit of your ground, until you are destroyed; who also shall not leave you grain, wine, or oil, the increase of your cattle or the young of your flock, until they have caused you to perish.

52: They shall besiege you in all your towns, until your high and fortified walls, in which you trusted, come down throughout all your land; and they shall besiege you in all your towns throughout all your land, which the LORD your God has given you.

53: And you shall eat the offspring of your own body, the flesh of your sons and daughters, whom the LORD your God has given you, in the siege and in the distress with which your enemies shall distress you.

54: The man who is the most tender and delicately bred among you will grudge food to his brother, to the wife of his bosom, and to the last of the children who remain to him;

55: so that he will not give to any of them any of the flesh of his children whom he is eating, because he has nothing left him, in the siege and in the distress with which your enemy shall distress you in all your towns.

56: The most tender and delicately bred woman among you, who would not venture to set the sole of her foot upon the ground because she is so delicate and tender, will grudge to the husband of her bosom, to her son and to her daughter,

57: her afterbirth that comes out from between her feet and her children whom she bears, because she will eat them secretly, for want of all things, in the siege and in the distress with which your enemy shall distress you in your towns.

58: "If you are not careful to do all the words of this law which are written in this book, that you may fear this glorious and awful name, the LORD your God,

59: then the LORD will bring on you and your offspring extraordinary afflictions, afflictions severe and lasting, and sicknesses grievous and lasting.

60: And he will bring upon you again all the diseases of Egypt, which you were afraid of; and they shall cleave to you.

61: Every sickness also, and every affliction which is not recorded in the book of this law, the LORD will bring upon you, until you are destroyed.

62: Whereas you were as the stars of heaven for multitude, you shall be left few in number; because you did not obey the voice of the LORD your God.

63: And as the LORD took delight in doing you good and multiplying you, so the LORD will take delight in bringing ruin upon you and destroying you; and you shall be plucked off the land which you are entering to take possession of it.

64: And the LORD will scatter you among all peoples, from one end of the earth to the other; and there you shall serve other gods, of wood and stone, which neither you nor your fathers have known.

65: And among these nations you shall find no ease, and there shall be no rest for the sole of your foot; but the LORD will give you there a trembling heart, and failing eyes, and a languishing soul;

66: your life shall hang in doubt before you; night and day you shall be in dread, and have no assurance of your life.

67: In the morning you shall say, `Would it were evening!' and at evening you shall say, `Would it were morning!' because of the dread which your heart shall fear, and the sights which your eyes shall see.

68: And the LORD will bring you back in ships to Egypt, a journey which I promised that you should never make again; and there you shall offer yourselves for sale to your enemies as male and female slaves, but no man will buy you."

The Books of Proverbs, chapter 3

1: My son, do not forget my teaching,
but let your heart keep my commandments;

2: for length of days and years of life
and abundant welfare will they give you.

3: Let not loyalty and faithfulness forsake you;
bind them about your neck,
write them on the tablet of your heart.

4: So you will find favor and good repute
in the sight of God and man.

5: Trust in the LORD with all your heart,
and do not rely on your own insight.

6: In all your ways acknowledge him,
and he will make straight your paths.

7: Be not wise in your own eyes;
fear the LORD, and turn away from evil.

8: It will be healing to your flesh
and refreshment to your bones.

9: Honor the LORD with your substance
and with the first fruits of all your produce;

10: then your barns will be filled with plenty,
and your vats will be bursting with wine.

11: My son, do not despise the LORD's discipline
or be weary of his reproof,

12: for the LORD reproves him whom he loves,
as a father the son in whom he delights.

13: Happy is the man who finds wisdom,
and the man who gets understanding,

14: for the gain from it is better than gain from silver
and its profit better than gold.

15: She is more precious than jewels,
and nothing you desire can compare with her.

16: Long life is in her right hand;
in her left hand are riches and honor.

17: Her ways are ways of pleasantness,
and all her paths are peace.

18: She is a tree of life to those who lay hold of her;
those who hold her fast are called happy.

19: The LORD by wisdom founded the earth;
by understanding he established the heavens;

20: by his knowledge the deeps broke forth,
and the clouds drop down the dew.

21: My son, keep sound wisdom and discretion;
let them not escape from your sight,

22: and they will be life for your soul
and adornment for your neck.

23: Then you will walk on your way securely
and your foot will not stumble.

24: If you sit down, you will not be afraid;
when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet.

25: Do not be afraid of sudden panic,
or of the ruin of the wicked, when it comes;

26: for the LORD will be your confidence
and will keep your foot from being caught.

27: Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due,
when it is in your power to do it.

28: Do not say to your neighbor, "Go, and come again,
tomorrow I will give it" -- when you have it with you.

29: Do not plan evil against your neighbor
who dwells trustingly beside you.

30: Do not contend with a man for no reason,
when he has done you no harm.

31: Do not envy a man of violence
and do not choose any of his ways;

32: for the perverse man is an abomination to the LORD,
but the upright are in his confidence.

33: The LORD's curse is on the house of the wicked,
but he blesses the abode of the righteous.

34: Toward the scorners he is scornful,
but to the humble he shows favor.

35: The wise will inherit honor,
but fools get disgrace. 

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