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귀천(歸天) Back to Heaven

천상병 지음 By Cheon, Sang Byeong

나 하늘로 돌아가리라.
새벽빛 와 닿으면 스러지는
이슬 더불어 손에 손을 잡고,
나 하늘로 돌아가리라.
노을빛 함께 단 둘이서
기슭에서 놀다가 구름 손짓하면은,

나 하늘로 돌아가리라.
아름다운 이 세상 소풍 끝내는 날,
가서, 아름다웠더라고 말하리라.....

I'll go back to heaven again.

Hand in hand with the dew
that melts at a touch of the dawning day,

I'll go back to heaven again.
With the dusk, together, just we two,
at a sign from a cloud after playing on the slopes,

I'll go back to heaven again.
At the end of my outing to this beautiful world,
I'll go back and say: It was beautiful......

………

어제 시 ‘귀천’을 읽으면서
내 마음에 일어나는 따뜻한 물결;
뜨거운 눈물이 눈가를 젺셨다.
While I was reading the poem “Back to Heaven” yesterday,
In my heart, warm waves rolled;
Hot tear dewed on my eyes.

평생을 가난과 고난을 살았지만
언제나 인생을 행복하게 노래하고 시를 썻다:
아이들이 뛰놀고 웃고 재잘거리는 소풍처럼
Though Cheon’ whole life was in poverty and suffering,
He always sang and wrote his life as happy:
Children play, laugh, and chatter in outings.

이 거친 세상에서 우리는 어떻게 소풍처럼 살수 있을까?
우리는 어떻게 날마다 소풍을 떠날 수 있을까?
어떻게 우리는 인생의 고생을 노래하고 즐길 수 있을까?
How can we live as if taking an outing in the wild world?
How can we leave for an outing every day?
How can we sing and enjoy the hardships of life?

“수고하며 무거운 짐을 진 사람은
모두 내게로 오너라.
내가 너희를 쉬게 하겠다.
나는 마음이 온유하고 겸손하니,
내 멍에를 메고 나한테 배워라.
그리하면 너희는 마음에 쉼을 얻을 것이다.
내 멍에는 편하고, 내 짐은 가볍다.”
(마태복음 11:28-30, 새번역)
“Come to me,
all you who are weary and burdened,
and I will give you rest.
Take my yoke upon you and learn from me,
for I am gentle and humble in heart,
and you will find rest for your souls.
For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
(Matthew 11:28-30, NIV)

다시 하늘로 돌아갈 사람들,
하늘로부터 왔던 이들
새로운 피조물, 이 땅에서 다시 태어난 사람들,
그들의 길이 소풍 길인 것을…
Those who will go back to heaven again,
Persons who came from heaven,
New Creations, people born again on the earth,
their way is the ‘outing’ way…

우리는 여전히 삶의 염려와 무거운 짐을 져야 하고
우리는 여전히 고통스런 가슴 안고 신음해야 합니다.
그렇지만 우리는 여전히 미래를 향해 가고 있습니다.
우리는 여전히 하늘을 향해 걸어가고 있습니다.
그래서 이 세상의 고통스런 삶은 과거로 사라지고
우리의 미래, 하늘이 우리의 새 삶이 됩니다.
We are still weary and burdened in life.
We are still groaning in the anguish of our heart.
But we are still going toward the future.
We are still going to heaven.
Therefore, our painful life in the world has gone;
Our future, our heaven becomes our new life.

이 거친 세상으로 떠나왔던 우리의 소풍이 끝나는 날
나도 하늘로 되돌아가 말하겠습니다: 소풍, 아주 좋았다고…
At the end of my outing to this wild world
I'll go back to heaven and say as well: It was beautiful......

심용섭 씀
by Yong Sub Sim pastor of St. Mark's UMC.

*시 “귀천”의 영어번역은 서강대학교 교수 Brother Anthony의 것을 사용하였습니다.
*The poem “Back to Heaven” was translated from the Korean poem “귀천”(歸天)by Brother Anthony in Korea.
**이 글은 St. Mark's UMC 뉴스 레터 9월 첫주에 실은 것입니다.
**I wrote this for the News Letter of St. Mark's United Methodist Church, for first week September.

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Sunday's Sermon: “The Power of Faith”

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06/18/2021

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Worship: June 13, 2021

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06/11/2021

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Sunday's Scripture: Romans 8:12-17 and John 3:1-12
Sunday's Sermon: “New Humanity”

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05/14/2021

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Sunday's scripture: Acts 1:1-11 and Luke 24:44-53
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Sunday's sermon: "He Left Them And"

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Sermon: “Love, Joy and Life”

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Sermon: “Love, Joy and Life”

05/03/2021

Worship: May 2,2021

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Sermon: "You Are the Branches"
Scripture: John 15:1-8 and Acts 8:26-40

04/30/2021

How can you make sure that your life is meaningful? The first step is to hear the sermon this Sunday! Worship starts at 11:00 am. We hope to you will come.

Scripture: Acts 8:26-40; John 15:1-8
Sermon: “You Are the Branches”

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We invite you to hear the voice of the good shepherd in this poem.

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04/26/2021

Worship: April 25, 2021

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04/23/2021

Google maps reliably gets us from one place to another. But where do we find a reliable guide for life? Who can help us successfully navigate life from birth to death? We have good news for you. There is a reliable guide. We invite you to come Sunday at 11:00 am to learn more.

Scripture: Acts 4:5-12 and John 10:11-18
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04/19/2021

Worship: April 18, 20201

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Sermon: "You Are Witnesses"
Scripture: Acts 3:12-19 and Luke 24:36-48

04/16/2021

"Jesus himself stood among them" (Luke 24:36). The church is the community of the resurrection. We invite you to explore what that means with us this Sunday at 11:00 am.

Sunday's scripture: Luke 24:36-48 and Acts 3:12-19
Sunday's sermon: "You Are Witnesses"

"Jesus himself stood among them" (Luke 24:36). The church is the community of the resurrection. We invite you to explore what that means with us this Sunday at 11:00 am.

Sunday's scripture: Luke 24:36-48 and Acts 3:12-19
Sunday's sermon: "You Are Witnesses"

04/12/2021

Worship: April 11, 2021

Second Sunday of Easter
Sermon: "Receive the Holy Spirit"
Scripture: John 20:19-31

04/09/2021

With all that is going on in the world today, it is easy to be fearful or anxious. How does one overcome fear and anxiety? If you are looking for real peace, we invite you to worship and learn with us this Sunday at 11:00 am.

Scripture: John 20:19-31
Sermon: "Receive the Holy Spirit"

With all that is going on in the world today, it is easy to be fearful or anxious. How does one overcome fear and anxiety? If you are looking for real peace, we invite you to worship and learn with us this Sunday at 11:00 am.

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04/05/2021

Worship: April 4, 2021

Easter Day
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Scripture: Mark 16:1-8

04/02/2021

On Easter Day, we celebrate Jesus’s resurrection, but as the sermon title suggests, there is more to the story. Jesus goes ahead of us. Where is Jesus leading us? If you don’t know or aren’t sure, we invite you to hear and celebrate the good news with us this Easter.

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On Easter Day, we celebrate Jesus’s resurrection, but as the sermon title suggests, there is more to the story. Jesus goes ahead of us. Where is Jesus leading us? If you don’t know or aren’t sure, we invite you to hear and celebrate the good news with us this Easter.

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Scripture: Mark 16:1-8

04/01/2021

Before Jesus’s arrest, he remembered Passover with his disciples. This evening we will remember the Lord’s last meal. We will also remember Jesus’s death by removing the symbols of Jesus from our sanctuary. You are invited to participate in this solemn service at 6:30 pm tonight.

Scripture: Exodus 12:1-4, 11-14 and John 13:1-8
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Scripture: Exodus 12:1-4, 11-14 and John 13:1-8
Sermon: “The Passover Feast and Jesus”

It Is Finished - St. Mark's United Methodist Church 03/29/2021

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Jesus "walked for the world and worked the Father’s works. ... Now, it is finished." Through this powerful poem, Rev. Sim invites us to contemplate the work Jesus accomplished and the work he started. Enjoy!

It Is Finished - St. Mark's United Methodist Church Foxes have dens and birds of the sky have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay His head. (1) I have walked for the world and worked the Father’s works. I have followed the Spirit of the One who called and sent me. Now, it is finished. (2) The hour has […]

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