Y. E. Loew ’83 —
When I was still struggling to understand my faith and identity, I had a very personal experience with Father. I was living in Korea in the GOP program, and we would have an opportunity to greet Father as he attended the performances at the Sun Hwa Arts school. We would stand together in a row and offer a half bow as True Parents walked past. Since I was not the tallest person, I would stand near the door. There would be a crowd behind us, and on one occasion, when I was full of scepticism and doubt, I decided I didn’t want to bow. When Father walked in, I was watching him intently, asking myself, “What’s so special about this man?” At that moment, he looked over and glanced at me, and I saw into his eyes. It’s hard to describe what I saw, but I felt humbled. I don’t know how much you can read in a person’s eyes, but I could tell that nothing I had ever done in my life could compare to what I saw in those eyes. So I bowed, and it was the most sincere bow I have ever given. To this day, I have looked into many eyes and have not seen the heart that shone through the eyes of the Messiah.
Another experience was in 2005, when I went to the Special Task Force Assembly. During our time in Korea, we had many opportunities to have Hoon Dok Hae with Father. On one occasion, our STF group was crammed into a small room with Father and some leaders. He asked our STF leaders to come up and sing, and then started pointing to random people in the crowd to give an offering song. Every time someone went up to the front to perform, they would give Father a deep bow. After about five people, Father mumbled, “I don’t really like the bowing,” and although there was a translator, this small comment was left out. I was lucky that I could understand it, and it showed me that deep down, Father was always a humble man, despite the external success he had. His words and teachings will never die, as they continue to inspire and guide us into the future.
* * * * *