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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  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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Human trafficking is not just an issue. It’s ultimately, about people. Depending on the sources of statistics, there are anywhere from 29-40 million people in some form of forced labor and slavery, including sex trafficking.

And one thing I’ve learned, personally, is how easy it is easy to reduce people into projects which is why mutuality, reciprocity, and dignity are so vital. These are critical because God never intended people to be reduced into projects.

We forget this and we indirectly foster a culture and system of victimization or worse, the pornification of the poor or in this case, "the trafficked." And when you start dehumanizing the poor or trafficked, you have no genuine desire to build relationships with them. You believe or build stereotypes in broad strokes, singular, black and white narratives that have been told about them. You believe the lie that they have nothing to teach us and are incapable of contributing to the larger society.

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