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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Today, Minhee and I dropped off our eldest child at her college. We have been thinking and praying about this day for many years. On some days, we hoped it would never come. On other days, we couldn't wait for it to come. On some days, we prayed for time to stop and other days, we prayed with anticipation. 
After an entire summer of laughing it off, it hit us...hard...this week. Seeing all of her stuff laid out on the basement floor was the catalyst to a load of emotions.

After unloading the car and taking her stuff to her new home for this year and mindful that she might never live with us again; helping sort out her stuff, saying hello to her roommates...I wasn't sure what to do or say.

A flood of thoughts rushed my mind.

Is she ready?
Have we done enough?
Have we taught her enough? 
What if this? What if that?

And so we shared what we have shared with her the moment she began to understand words: "Remember who you are. Remember WHO you belong to. Remember what you're about. God loves you so much. Please hold God's Word and His promises close and dear to your heart. We love you so much and we are so proud of you." And with that, we said goodbye. Even if she may not be thousands of miles away, this is a new chapter for her and even for us. I kept it composed. Her roommate was staring at me. I didn't want to be that father. I have street cred to uphold. Another final hug. 
And I came home.
And I wept.
Forget my street cred.
I miss her. I love her.
She will always be my little baby.

I'm no parenting guru. I just laughed as I wrote that line. No, I'm stumbling and bumbling along but I'd love to share an ephiphany I learned not that long ago. Coming to this realization was incredibly painful but simultaneously, liberating. To be honest, it was the ultimate game-changer in my understanding as a parent seeking after the heart of God.

While there are many methods, tools, philosophies, and biblical principles to parenting, there is – in my opinion – only one purpose or destination.

Our purpose as parents is to eventually…release them. Send forth. For His glory. Met a friend and fellow pastor who I haven't seen in over 20 years. In him, I saw a glimpse of my future. While only 10 years older, his kids are married and he's now a grandfather of 3. His love for his wife and family were so evident and his passion for the Gospel has not wavered. It was so good to see someone a bit older still passionately serving the Lord with such joy and faithfulness. Lord, help me to keep running the race for your Glory. Happy wife.
Happy life. - Eugenius 3:16

I still remember that time, many years ago, when Minhee was pregnant with our first child. She had left her family and friends in Korea just two years before. Her morning sickness was horrible and when she finally had an appetite, she craved her favorite Korean food from certain restaurants in her neighborhood in Seoul, Korea. I had no way of getting that food from those restaurants so I actually said, "How about a Whopper? Big Mac?" Sorry honey. Eat away. You deserve it. I don't care if it sounds mushy but sunsets are one of my love languages. Seoul, Korea was amazing but WOW...what a breathtaking welcome back sunset by Seattle. Not ready to let go of summer. Seattle. 7:00pm. Desperately holding on to summer. #goldengardenpark #nofilter Happy Birthday, Minhee! I'm so grateful for you. You radiate faith, hope, and love.  No...you don't complete me. That would be silly and simply humanly impossible but you keep pointing me and our family to Christ who informs and transforms our lives, marriage, family, and ministry. Thanks for being so faithful. I love you so much. (* And what a gift to be in Korea together.)

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