William “Doug” Park (1959- )
Some Direct Quotes from My Spiritual Ponderings:
"The most heinous crime in genealogy is forthose with historical knowledge to become intentionally illiterate with regardto putting it in the written word form for future generations to value and gaininsight. The sentence for such failure is family history lost forever. This, I say, is one of the greatest and most sorrowful of family tragediesknown to mankind, affecting countless future generations who seek to knowthemselves through the precious roots of wisdom from which they havecome".
"Now, I know them, for they loved me in theimage of their children, whose very blood runs through my body."
"Knowledge ofFamily History"
"When I look in the mirror now, it's notjust me that I see. And with that thought, they smile back at me".
"Ancestors - OurGuardian Angels"
"Truly, there is much to be said concerningthe limited spectrum of experiences that the 5 human senses are capable ofreaching out toward and embracing--this, in humbling contrast to the wondrous waysthe human spirit of those who "believe", can be touched by loved onesof our storied past. For it is by the will of God that we were created in theirimage and they continue to live through us in our loving remembrance ofthem. I can't see, hear, smell, or even touch them in the traditionalsense---it is infinitely more than humanity itself can offer....rather, Irejoice in moments of grace, when I can feel their essence, with a spirit thattranscends time and distance, to become one with them. So then, itmatters not which of you believe me--only the truth and special revelation theyinstill in my heart."
"Genealogy and OurWorld"
"The world is made even smaller andfamilies larger, when one enjoys the enlightenment and wisdom that onlygenealogical knowledge can bring".
“Of Cemeteries, Death,and Genealogy”
“Where cemeteries used to be strange anduninviting, now I find them to be peaceful, comforting places to ponder the earthlytimes of ancestors and of the promise they have found on The Other Side. In this respect, tombstones make nosense—why does the word “Died” even exist on them? This is itself, an untruth. And why do we mourn? The truthis, that our ancestors never died, they passed to The Other Side to be withGod, in the presence of our family. Andwhen we mourn, we mourn not for them….but ourselves--because of their absencein our daily lives; though those of us that are God-fearing, know that we willall be together again. To love ourancestors is to know them—to know them is to remember and value theiruniqueness, their contributions to our family and country, through sufferingand perseverance. This is why Genealogyis so very meaningful for me, personally---because I have come to understandand appreciate them and as a result, am in touch with who I really am and fromwhich I have come.”
“InfiniteAncestral Miracles: My Birth and aPrayer for Thy Descendants”
“I now realize that my birth is the culminationof endless miracles; each unique and infinitive in their own right, beginningwith God’s will and hence of ancestors born in dark ages--generations later,traveling hazardous seas to an array of lifetimes of chance meetings,marriages, conceptions, births, and even near-death experiences that could haveended my beginning in the moment of a single breath so long ago. The thought ofall of this is overwhelming to us in the human race, though merely logical andnatural to our creator. Our birthdays bring to light, the reality ofpre-destiny….a true manifestation of God; for not one human lives without hisgrace. The Miracle of Life then, is byits very nature, first and foremost, a derivative of thousands upon thousandsof other ancestral miracles and the blessings that breathed life into me. Thankyou lord for you, so that they could be, and I could live as me--whilecountless children of future generations might remember, in appreciation andunderstanding, their sacred roots. This I pray, that in their hearts Ishall always be and never perish.”
“To say that you do not believe in ghosts is to expressdisbelief in the human sprit. Just asin this life, the human spirit endures as we cross over. Those possessing wisdom and Christianvalues, enjoy the vision to recognize the existence of life after humandeath. I believe that the spirit of ourancestors is present in the form of our guardian angels. So, when they speak to you, open your mindand answer the door--for just as in life in this world, the grace bestowed uponthem comes as a gift of a higher power, to reach out to us from theirs. This, long after those with closed mindscease to believe that they (our ancestors) can love anymore.”
No Reason to Fear
Halloween;cemeteries; ghost stories beside the night campfire; and movies of the occult.These are things that used to scare me in my youth. But, my personal,paranormal experiences of recent years, particularly those relating to myancestors of distant past; have brought me inner-peace that comforts my soul. Icall this gift, “Mystical Touching”, and my uncharted experiences as those of“Genealogy’s 4th & Gifted Dimension”. This gift and my Christianfaith, have taught me that there is no reason to fear the dead, because theysimply do not exist. People of thisworld do not die, rather they cross over to eternal life. Fear of the dead rests in the hearts ofthose who can no longer recognize life using the 5 human senses. And it ishuman nature to fear, that which is considered to be unknown and strange.However, the 6th sense transcends all that we can not physically seeor touch, as it reaches out and embraces the peace and love of those that havegone before us. This “celebration of life” assures us that there are no deadand thus, there is absolutely “No Reason to Fear”.
Mankind’s Most Often-RepeatedLie
“Nextto “There is no God”, Mankind’s most blasphemous, often-repeated LIEthroughout the annals of history, is the symbolic, four-letter word, DIED….itis a deep wound that scourges countless tombstones in every corner of thisworld. Hence, it is an ugly enemy, that places such an obscene pronouncementover my earthly remains….a grievous offense, for which I offer no forgiveness,only banishment from our family’s heavenly reunion.”
“How callous and disrespectful it is to refer to ourancestors….your very own flesh and blood, as “Those Dead People”. I often hear this profanity uttered from themouths of the narrow-minded, who consider genealogy a mere curse to waste one’stime. Not only is “death” a blatantuntruth, but it spits in the face of those grandparents, aunts, uncles, andcousins that we have not yet met. Their mere physical absence from our dailylives is not an excuse for such language. Rather, we should pray, that if ourchildren have not yet found grace in the presence of their grandparents,regardless of generation, that they have the wisdom to speak of them withreverence and gratefulness and not as discarded entities. You should thank theLord and your ancestors, for the precious life that they have given you, lestyou someday have to endure peering into the tear-stained faces of those whogave so much, but whom you thought so little, as to choose not to claim them asyour own.”