Unification News for November 2003

Godís Children in Hallowed Ground

Michael Jenkins

This is from an address given at the National Won Jeon Dedication, Fort Lincoln Cemetery, Washington D.C. (Maryland), October 9, 2003

Thank you, my beloved brothers and sisters. We are gathered here on this holy day. First I want to give thanks to our True Parents, to Daemonim, to Heung Jin Nim, who have opened the gateway of heaven and earth, that we might be able to not only understand the more profound meaning of our gathering here, but also we can rejoice in the assurance that all is in order and the Kingdom of Heaven is being manifested through our beloved ones who have now taken this step into the spiritual world before us.

I sincerely thank our leadership, Dr. Yang, who has cooperated with Mr. Antonio Betancourt and Mr. Bill Selig, to make this possible. And to the regional directors, Rev. Lee and Rev. Hong, Rev. Schanker and Rev. Daugherty and also the elders in our movement, Mr. Joo and Rev. Kwak, who are working as one with Dr. Yang for the establishment of Godís kingdom through the elder son nation.

I really want to thank all the families that are here representing your loved ones, and want to comfort you in your time of suffering and time of transition. Even though itís never easy and no one can truly understand what youíre experiencing in your own heart, I think you can be assured that True Parents understand. We were reminded the other day, as Father shared with us about the recent passing of our young people, who are historical figures now, Kwan Jung and also Alexei. Father commented that we donít know about our life.

We must really take from this occurrence a deeper understanding that we must always prepare our mind to be faithful in God, to love Jesus, to love the saints, and to really live according to Godís will. Our minds must be absolute, especially now that we are entering the time of the great tribulation. Father warned us to understand that we donít know what sacrifices might come to the blessed central families during this period of transition because now we are standing squarely, face to face, with the evil world and we are proclaiming before heaven and earth that we are going to end evil on the earth and change the blood lineage of all families and usher in Godís Kingdom.

Father reminded us that even though he was caught up to the throne of God where he experienced Jesus and total oneness with God as well as the glory of God. Father shared with us that though he had his own internal and personal victories, one after the other, still the price was not enough. Therefore, even his own children had to be taken into the spiritual world. Hye Jin Nim, Hee Jin Nim, Heung Jin Nim, and Young Jin Nim, four children of our True Parents had to each be called, as Dr. Yang said, for a special place, a special path.

I believe that the relatives we honor today are also those who are called by God. I remember when I look at you and think about the Seung Hwa's we had and tears we shared together that each one of your loved ones had a tremendous impact on all of the national American movement and the world movement. I believe that if you look more deeply into the spiritual world, youíll find that each one of your loved ones actually passed at a very specific time that was related with something to support or to protect Godís providence and our True Parents.

Therefore, no one can understand your personal course of sorrow, especially young people who lost your mothers, fathers and your support in life. What we can understand is that there is light on the other side of the dark tunnel. Sometimes you feel like youíre just at a complete loss for what to do, how to overcome, and why, why would this great suffering come to my family, who was so dedicated. And yet beyond that darkness and that time of where you donít even know how you can hold on, or what to hold on to, you actually are being forged in the fires of Godís dispensation. As each one of you have emerged faithful, and as you continue to emerge stronger and more filial to Godís heart, your character, your family and your testimony becomes a rock solid foundation upon which Godís kingdom can be built.

I have been blessed with the opportunity to be with True Parents I cannot believe the suffering around Father and Motherís family, around their lives. They have no idea of their schedule, no idea of what Godís dispensation will bring. Therefore, at some point they just have to put their children in Godís hands.

Many times I saw Mother reach out for the children, trying to stretch beyond the possibilities of the providence, trying to get a moment to even hold the hand of one son or daughter, only to see forces of history just pull her away. She had to let go of the hand of her beloved one. Father and Mother offered their family to God. Not with a cold heart on the "mission" but rather a heart of sorrow and sad resignation that they is no other way but to follow the will of God. With tears they pray that their children will turn to God during the period of loneliness and sorrow. I saw this with my own eyes. Therefore, that kind of suffering, that providential wave has caught your families, and for whatever reason you had to let go of your loved one and you had to let God take His course.

The external foundation of the evil world will collapse the more strongly we stand up, the more clearly we walk forward in faith and true love. Every word of truth a blessed central family speaks at this time will eliminate vast volumes of billions of words of the false world. Every step a blessed central family takes from this time will be equal to millions of steps of the forces of darkness. Therefore, the forces of darkness have no place to go but to recede and dissolve.

Beloved blessed families, you have been chosen for such a time as this, and therefore, I believe that upon Dr. Yangís prayer as he was commissioned by True Parents directly to sanctify this hallowed ground as the national won jeon, your beloved families are receiving that heavenly commendation at this time. Some of you may not have overcome your sorrow as of yet, and thatís all right. You will if you hold on to Godís unchanging heart.

Also, we are at Ft. Lincoln cemetery. We must be cognizant of the fact that we are here on hallowed ground where Lincoln gathered his generals and planned the path of victory that would liberate the conflict of the North and the South. Therefore, I believe that we are also on that battleground. This is a battleground, and this is a battleground where now the proclamation has gone forth that every step we take forward for the Kingdom, starting with today will bear the fruit of victory for Godís providence. Weíre coming to this spiritual place to make this proclamation for the elder son nation, where the families who sacrificed on the front line are laid to rest, to make our resolve that on this day we will now end the forces of evil and turn them into forces of goodness.

I just went to Gettysburg recently, and I want to encourage you also to go there and pray. I was so moved upon going there because itís not only soldiers from the North but also the sons of the South that gave their lives. They both shed their blood that this nation could indemnify the blood that was spilled by the lash of slavery. Both the North and South paid that price. When we go to Gettysburg, you feel that you are on hallowed ground.

In the same manner, we are on a holy ground here. This will become a national place that one day will have greater centrality than Gettysburg. I think itís fitting that we read the Gettysburg Address in conclusion. It was delivered in November, 1863, just four months after the great battle. Also, Gettysburg was most significant because it was the "high water" mark of the Confederacyís power. If the South had won that battle then the destiny of the elder son nation could have been very different. But God worked through the Abel side to bring the proper outcome. From that point on the challenge to the Union declined.

I believe, brothers and sisters, that we are certainly at the high water mark of evil in our culture, in our movies and television, in our world. Let this be a spiritual Gettysburg where the sons and daughters of God truly stand on the cosmic front line with the Second Coming of Christ. Let this be the high water mark of evil, and let our resolve be such that from now on evil just rapidly declines, until purity is exhibited in all relationships between men and women, until the blood lineage is changed between all families, until finally we have a heavenly dwelling place where we all become the true temples of God.

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