Ha Seon Guk - The Cross of Seongmak Church

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Translation :Red Wings

 

 



 


I took a picture of the family

 

I was born at 115, Seongmak-ri on January 27, 1939 (lunar calendar). It was when I was very close with Pastor Lee Hee Dong and Mr. Jung In Seok, the oldest brother of Chairman Jung Myung Seok. We were like the three musketeers. But later, I had to move to Daejeon for high school.


So I decided, I should take a picture of Jung’s family before leaving, and called In Seok. I think it was a Saturday. I went to In Seok’s house with my camera. When I went there, the whole family was out threshing barley.


I told In Seok, “Hey, I’m here. Since we won’t be able to see each other after I leave for high school, let’s take a picture today.” Then everybody hurried to wash their faces and took the picture. The picture you see was taken in front of In Seok’s room.


So I took the picture before leaving to attend my high school.

 



I saw Pastor Jung Myung Seok carry the cross

 

After completing my military service, I opened a photo studio in Jinsan. One day, I came out from the studio and saw someone getting out of a car with something that he started to drag. It was Pastor Jung Myung Seok.


“What’s that you got there?”


“Oh hey! I ordered a cross and brought it from Geumsan.”

The top of the Seongmak Church building needed a cross at that time. But since they couldn’t get it from Jinsan, Pastor Jung brought it from Geumsan. He took it out of the car, but because the cross was long and Pastor Jung was short, it dragged on the ground—“clatter clatter clatter….”—when he carried it on his shoulder. And he went all the way up like that to Seongmak Church.


I’m saying that Pastor Jung was carrying that newly acquired cross on his shoulder all the way up to Seongmak-ri! It was Geumsan where he had acquired it, and he went up Apseob-gol with it. I just wanted to let you know how hard Wolmyeongdong people really worked to build Seongmak Church.


Anyways, what I still remember even till now is the “clatter clatter clatter” from the cross that Pastor Jung would carry on his shoulder while going over the mountain. The cross was bigger than his body size. Even now, the image of his carrying the cross while struggling is still the most beautiful in my mind.


 

 



 

 

저는 석막리 115번지에서 출생했어요. 그리고 1939년 1월 27일이 (음력으로) 태어난 날이에요. 정인석 씨 (정명석 총재의 첫째 형)하고는 중학교 때, 이희동 목사하고 나하고 3총사 형제로서 잘 지내는 그런 찰나였어요. 그런데 내가 고등학교를 대전으로 나가게 됐어요.


그래서 내가 사진을 하나 찍어줘야 되겠다. 마음을 먹고 연락을 했더니 그날이 토요일인가 됐을 건데, 카메라를 메고 내가 이제 인석이 집으로 갔어요. 갔더니 가족들이 전부 보리타작을 하고 있더라고요.


그래서 나 왔다고, 이제 고등학교 가면 못 오니까 오늘 바로 찍자고 인석이한테 얘기했어요. 얘기했더니 막 세수들을 하고 사진을 찍었는데 그 사진이 인석이 방 앞에서 찍은 사진이에요.


그렇게 진학 과정을 밟기 전에 그걸 찍어서 해드리고 그렇게 하고 간 거예요.

 


 

내가 군대를 다녀와서도 진산에 사진관을 차렸었어요. 한번은 밖에 나와 보니까 누가 차에서 뭘 내리더니 뭔가를 이렇게 끌고 오더라고. 보니깐 정명석 목사예요.

“그게 뭐냐?”

“형님! 지금 금산에 가서 십자가를 맞춰 갖고 왔어요.”

그 십자가를 (석막)교회 위에 설치해야 하잖아요. 진산에서는 못 만드니까 금산 가서 맞춰서 그것을 차에서 내렸어요. 내렸는데 십자가가 길잖아요. 그런데 정명석 목사 키가 작으니까 십자가를 짊어지고서 ‘들덕들덕들덕….’ 하면서 석막교회 쪽으로 넘어간 거예요.


정명석 목사가 새로 만들어 온 그 십자가를 메고 석막리 가는 길로 넘어갔다니까요. 금산에서 그걸 맞춰 와서... 앞섭골로 넘어간 거예요. 그렇게 월명동 사람들이 석막 교회를 힘들여서 지었다는 것을 얘기하고 싶은 거예요.

하여튼 내가 지금 생각나는 것은 정명석 목사가 그 십자가를 지고서 넘어갔을 때 십자가가 자기 몸보다 크니까 이것을 메고서 ‘들덕들덕….’ 키가 작으니까 그 고생을 하면서 넘어가는 것이 지금도 가장 아름답게 보이는 거예요.


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