Last month, Cosmic Blessing ceremonies were held around the world to celebrate the union of man and women coming together centred on God; we hear three stories from couples around the world.
Andreas from Germany, Blessed with Karen from the USA – Camberg, Germany.
The Blessing was such a profound experience for Karen and me. It meant a lot to us to be able to receive the Blessing in Camberg, a place where I grew up, took part in many workshops and prepared so much to receive the Blessing. Before the event, I had the urge to offer our personal prayer.
So, we went to the Holy Ground in Camberg and shared a deep and heartfelt prayer there. We felt so grateful that we were receiving the Blessing and felt the great potential for us to bring so much more joy to God, True Parents and our parents through Karen and I coming together.
We felt so grateful for everything we have received in our lives and knew that we would not have been able to stand there on that day had it not been for God’s love, guidance and support, the support of our parents, True Parents love and teachings, the guidance of our ancestors and so many others.
Karen shed tears in our prayer. Even though the Blessing ceremony happened in the middle of the night for us, we did not feel very tired. It was a significant moment for us and we enjoyed celebrating it together with all the other couples and our family and friends.
We hope that we can share the Blessing with as many people as possible in future, become a Blessing ourselves and always treat each other as the most precious person in our lives. – Andreas
Dale (24 years old) from the Philippines, Blessed with Greta (24 years old) from Albania (1st Generation Couple) – Albanian Peace Embassy, Tirana, Albania.
No words can exactly describe the gratefulness in our hearts as we received the most precious gift to humankind from Heavenly Parent and True Parents – the Holy Marriage Blessing. Despite our limitations as fallen human beings, the overflowing grace and encompassing love of our Heavenly Parent and True Parents enabled us to receive such eternal blessing.
Our blessing date was also the same date as the Blessing Anniversary of our True Parents. This truly warmed our hearts. Before the Blessing, we met overwhelming challenges during the time of our preparation, such as visa problems and COVID-19 travel restrictions. Each day became harder and darker for us. However, we had already prepared our minds and our hearts to meet you, Heavenly Parent and True Parents, for the Blessing Ceremony in Albania. Just like how you trained us to be in the frontline, we remained strong and we never gave up until we emerged victorious.
Meeting each other before the Blessing was an honour and we decided to accept the matching. In the history of Filipino-Albanian matched couples, our couple was the first to meet each other in our spouse’s country and not in other countries. We pioneered the way. All inconveniences and discomforts triggered our fallen nature, yet, as stubborn as we were, we reached our goal. We were inspired to become True Mother’s “daffodil children” with a spirit of breaking through. “Impossible” did not exist in our persevering hearts.
At our Blessing venue, the Peace Embassy in Tirana, Albania, we could experience the happy faces of leaders, elders, blessed families, second generation and brothers and sisters of HPHC Albania. We were deeply moved by knowing that Heaven and the Good Absolute Spirit World were celebrating more than anyone on earth that day. Heavenly Parent and True Parents were the happiest of all.
We felt deeply in our hearts that, when we were conceived in the wombs of our mothers, Heavenly Parent and True Parents were guiding us to reach this moment. We are always indebted to the consistent guidance of God and our ancestors to follow the path of True Parents.
As an internationally blessed couple, we had a Venn diagram of similarities and differences. However, we both agreed that True Parents’ culture is our culture. With this culture, whenever struggles come, it will be a no-brainer for us to overcome these challenges.
We are grateful to have each other as united eternal husband and wife of Cheon Il Guk. We may have a long way to go but every day we would like to renew this promise. We are more than serious to uphold the standard of Heaven as a filial son and daughter of God.
In the back of our minds, we had a theory about why God brought us together as a couple. As we go back to the narrative about the tribes of Israel, it could be that both of us came from the same tribe and lineage. As these tribes settled down thousands of years ago, they got separated. Some went to the place now known as Albania and some went as far as the tropical islands of the Philippines. In the course of Restoration, God is allowing us to restore our original tribe.
We could not be here without the Jeong Seong of our ancestors, central figures, spiritual parents, matching supporters, brothers and sisters. We owe greatly our growth and how we held ourselves responsible and accountable for our lives of faith, to you all. – Dale
George from Brazil, Blessed with Sarah from Lebanon – Cheongpyeong, South Korea.
First of all, we are very grateful to God and True Parents for allowing us to have a once in a lifetime experience in Korea. Our journey to the Blessing was not an easy one; we had challenges, both externally and internally. However, along the way, with each step, we felt God and True Parents helping us and making sure that everything went well. This help was manifested through the support of Orlande and the EUME BFD team. It was truly a miracle that we could both, after so many obstacles, touch the holy ground of Korea and attend the Blessing, standing in front of True Mother.
We feel that the Blessing is the start of a new journey. It is not only the ceremony itself, but also the continuous experience that we share with each other as a couple, learning together, growing together and experiencing God together.
As a couple, we understand that there is a lot to learn. However, we resolve to take full responsibility and ownership of the Blessing that was bestowed upon us from God and True Parents. We will pass on the truth and spirit to the next generations and we promise to create a family that God can dwell in.
Thank you, True Mother! We love you eternally and beyond!
If you want to read some more testimonies from other couples, please visit: https://bfedeu.org/2022/05/05/testimonies-cosmic-blessing-april-2022/