Eugene Cho

the grand canyon – oh, my god…

“Oh my God…”

Those were literally the words that came out of my mouth couple days ago as my family and I soaked in the majestic beauty of a sunset at Grand Canyon.

Minhee and I are both aware how blessed we are to have this time – not only with our children but also with one another. Honestly, I’m not sure how if I’ll ever get to take our whole family on a 10 week cross country drive and exploration again. While the first two weeks haven’t necessary been “restful” with three kids doing their kid thing in the back, we’ve had some really precious moments of family bonding and creating memories.

By far, the most special moment was soaking in our visit to several national parks including this trip to the Grand Canyon. We grabbed a great spot (a bit too close to the ledge for Minhee’s comfort) to witness another example of God’s amazing creation.

I wish I had more profound words that came across my mind but I simply thought

Oh my God. How magnificent you are…

again and again…

I last visited Grand Canyon about 17 years ago and while I hope it doesn’t take me another 17 years, who knows what the future holds. I’m trying to live neither in the past or too far into the future but to simply rejoice in this day…

If you’ve never had a chance to visit the Grand Canyon, I hope these pictures compel you to make plans – not only to visit but to plan on soaking in a sunrise or sunset. Click on the images below to see the higher resolution pictures. Enjoy!

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12 Responses

  1. chris says:

    i was there with friends over spring break, and yeah… when we reached the rim for the first time, I don’t think we stopped saying, “oh my God” for about two hours.

    photographs look so dull and disappointing in comparison =)

  2. Sandra Streifel says:

    Just wanted to say that our family vacations were some of the best memories of my life, travelling around British Columbia with my parents and 2 sisters. My Dad is 80 and not travelling far any more and he loves to reminisce about those summers. God bless and enjoy the shade! Sandra

  3. O.M.G. Jaw-droppingly gorgeous sights. Thank you for sharing and glad you and your family are enjoying this special time together!

  4. Leo says:

    I need to go there!!

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  6. bren says:

    Thank you for sharing! All I could say was wow! Hope I get to go there one day….
    Praise God for you and your family!

    *reading yout tweeter reminded me of this….

    Proverbs 3
    21 My son, do not let wisdom and understanding out of your sight,
    preserve sound judgment and discretion;
    22 they will be life for you,
    an ornament to grace your neck.
    23 Then you will go on your way in safety,
    and your foot will not stumble.
    24 When you lie down, you will not be afraid;
    when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet.
    25 Have no fear of sudden disaster
    or of the ruin that overtakes the wicked,
    26 for the LORD will be at your side
    and will keep your foot from being snared.

  7. Susie Lipps says:

    There really aren’t words to adequately describe the Grand Canyon. I share your sense of awe!

    A few years ago, our family hiked down and camped at the bottom on December 23…hiked out on December 24 and spent Christmas at the Lodge. Amazing! (Our kids were all in their 20’s…something to look forward to!)

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Back safely from Iraq, Lebanon, and Jordan. Thanks for your prayers. 
I have numerous stories to share but for now, the following came up in every conversation with Iraqi/Syrian refugees:

1 Have tea with us. Or coffee. Or juice. Or something with lots of sugar in it. Or better yet, all of the above.
2 We want peace. We want security. 
3 We hate ISIS. 
4 We just want to go home.
5 Please don't forget us.

Please don't forget them... Father, please bless and protect these Iraqi and Syrian "refugee" children that have already endured so much. Protect their hearts and mind from unfathomable trauma. Plant seeds of hope and vision in their lives. And as we pray for them, teach us how to advocate for them. Amen. "We don't call them refugees. We call them relatives. We don't call them camps but centers. Dignity is so important." -  local Iraqi priest whose church has welcomed many "relatives" to their church's property

It's always a privilege to be invited into peoples' home for tea - even if it's a temporary tent. This is an extended Yezidi family that fled the Mosul, Iraq area because of ISIS. It's indeed true that Christians were targeted by ISIS and thatbstory muat be shared but other minority groups like the Yezidis were also targeted. Some of their heartbreaking stories included the kidnapping of their sister. They shared that their father passed away shortly of a "broken heart." The conversation was emotional but afterwards, we asked each other for permission to take photos. Once the selfies came out, the real smiles came out.

So friends: Pray for Iraq. Pray for the persecuted Church. Pray for Christians, minority groups like the Yezidis who fear they will e completely wiped out in the Middle East,, and Muslims alike who are all suffering under ISIS. Friends: I'm traveling in the Middle East this week - Iraq, Lebanon, and Jordan. (Make sure you follow my pics/stories on IG stories). Specifically, I'm here representing @onedayswages to meet, learn, and listen to pastors, local leaders, NGOs, and of course directly from refugees from within these countries - including many from Syria.

For security purposes, I haven't been able to share at all but I'm now able to start sharing some photos and stories. For now, I'll be sharing numerous photos through my IG stories and will be sharing some longer written pieces in couple months when ODW launches another wave of partnerships to come alongside refugees in these areas. Four of us are traveling together also for the purpose of creating a short documentary that we hope to release early next year.

While I'm on my church sabbatical, it's truly a privilege to be able to come to these countries and to meet local pastors and indigenous leaders that tirelessly pursue peace and justice, and to hear directly from refugees. I've read so many various articles and pieces over the years and I thought I was prepared but it has been jarring, heartbreaking,  and gut wrenching. In the midst of such chaos, there's hope but there's also a lot of questions, too.

I hope you follow along as I share photos, stories, and help release this mini-documentary. Please tag friends that might be interested.

Please pray for safety, for empathy, for humility and integrity, for divine meetings. Pray that we listen well; To be present and not just be a consumer of these vulnerable stories. That's my biggest prayer.

Special thanks to @worldvisionusa and @worldrelief for hosting us on this journey. 9/11
Never forget.
And never stop working for peace.

Today, I had some gut wrenching and heart breaking conversations about war, violence, and peacemaking. Mostly, I listened. Never in my wildest imagination did I envision having these conversations on 9/11 of all days. I wish I could share more now but I hope to later after I process them for a few days.

But indeed: Never forget.
And never stop working for peace.
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