I celebrate his life and will never forget him.
We laid him to rest today after a life full of great overcoming.
He was 72.
I miss him, but am so grateful for the treasure he was to me on Earth and the eternally impactful gift he leaves me…answering my deepest relational query before my Maker.
I write this remembering my long visit recently with him in which I got to hold his stroke-withered hand, tell him how much I love him, how greatness reveals itself through him in the face of his most staggering heartbreaking journey. His response? Said with a quieter-than-normal Korean man’s grunt, “I have a lot more to work on on the inside.” My heart broke open more in the ensuing palpable silence and from that moment began this unexpected confluence of revelations.
I wrote this poem to describe my uncle:
LOVING WITH UTTERLY EVERYTHING
EXPECTING ABSOLUTELY NOTHING
HOPING SOLELY, COMPLETELY ON THE LORD GOD ALONE
THIS IS FREEDOM AND HIS PEACE...HIS SHALOM
EXEMPLIFIED AND ONCE EMBODIED BY MY “SAMCHOON”---UNCLE SUNGJIN CHOI.
In the throes of final arrangements and interactions with family and his friends, I am hit more deeply and see more clearly the gift he truly was.
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