A Father's Eulogy
Saturday, September 2, 2006
I am Bob Jung, John’s dad. Thank you for being with us today. I am overwhelmed by your presence, your love, your concern and compassion for our son, John, and for our families.
- In high school, a Thursday night ritual for John, Samip, Erin and others gathering at our home or Erin’s home to watch the show ER. These teenagers were enthralled with the drama and excitement of life as a doctor in a hospital and intensity of working in the Emergency Room. The power of the media and this show shaped of their lives. Today, Erin is a doctor from Northwestern University, Samip from the University of Wisconsin and John from the University of Pennsylvania.
John loved people
- I want to speak about how from those Thursday nights watching ER influenced John into a life and a career where he would love and care for people. Many of us are here today because we experienced that love from John to us. But John also decided back in that living room watching ER that he wanted to love, care and serve people he didn’t even know as a doctor
- Many of us can’t define love, rather we only can relate to it when we see it in action. May I share this definition of love with you:
- “Love is being primarily concerned for the other person regardless of there condition and irrespective of the reaction”
- John did that every day with his patients
Philadelphia - Phileo "City of Brotherly Love"
- I find it ironic that John’s training to be a doctor happened in Philadelphia. Philadelphia, from the Greek “Phileo”, meaning “to love” or “loving as brethren”. A Brotherly Love. Philadelphia meant The City of Brotherly Love. That is where John put into action his brotherly love towards others that he didn’t know; who often had nothing in terms of family, money or love. Yet John had love for them.
1 Corinthians 8:1
- I want to share a verse from I Corinthians 8. “We know that we all possess knowledge. Knowledge puffs up, but love builds up.”
- John was proud of his accomplishments and achievement. He had his times when he was “puffed up” about what he had achieved. I would joke with John and tell him that someday he would need to stop attaining another degree because pretty soon he would have more degrees than thermometer.
- The more important point from that verse is the second part; “Love builds up.” John also loved others and he exhibited that love everyday. Sadly, John really loved others more than he loved himself.
I know that God is in the people business and John was in the people business. God values relationships much more than He values accomplishments. So did John. God seeks people and John sought people.
- John passed away in the City of Brotherly Love, the place where he learned a profession that he could use to help, serve and love others he didn’t even know. John was created in God’s image, like Christ, he desired and valued serving others as a priority over being served.
- I will deeply miss my son forever. I will never forget the phone call from the ER doctor that worked so hard to save John’s life. I also will remember that just like that doctor did early Sunday morning, John also desired to spend his life helping others he didn’t even know so that they may live and could have a better life.
- May we leave here today with this in mind:
2 Corinthians 1:3-4 says:
- "Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.”
- May you know that God now comforts John continually and he finally has the everlasting peace that he so sought
- May you and I take comfort that we are in the presence of an almighty God who is compassionate and comforting during this difficult time.
- And please remember through this sad tragedy God is willing to work in our hearts and walk with us through our troubles, like the death of our Dear John. If you allow Him, you will look back someday and see the comfort that you already are receiving. Remember John, remember God’s comfort and compassion, be open to learning how God is working in your life through John’s death.
- You are being prepared through God’s love for a time when that love will build up another person in a similar circumstance. Take the time to learn and quietly listen from this and then be prepared to serve someone else who is experiencing the pain that we are experiencing today. That’s what John would have wanted all of us to do. May God bless all of you.