Published on October 13th, 2015 | by Brett Harris

After years as a prodigal son, he sings this tribute to his parents

I’m not embarrassed to say I’ve been crying. And that this video is the reason why.

If you’re like me, you probably appreciate your parents (at least some of the time).

But let’s face it, parents can seem… boring.

They are always there. They always say the same kinds of things.

Their lives aren’t that exciting. They go to work. They do our laundry, etc.

But every once in awhile, something happens and we catch a glimpse of mom and dad in a little different light.

This video did that for me.

It’s a video of South Korean singer Kim Jin Ho performing a song he wrote for his parents entitled, “Family Picture.”

The song is performed in Korean with English subtitles. I doubt the translation does justice to the original words, but it was enough to make me cry (twice).

The friend who sent this to me described Kim as “one of the greatest singers alive today” — but I’ll let you decide for yourself.

Watch the video and let me know what you think.


And for all the parents out there… Thank you.

Thank you for choosing the hard path of pouring your life out for your kids.

Please keep loving us and speaking God’s truth into our lives.

Don’t give up on us.

Someday, by God’s grace, we’ll see your love and sacrifice more clearly.

Just like Kim Jin Ho.

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is co-founder of and co-author of Do Hard Things, along with his twin brother, Alex. He is married to his best friend, Ana, who blogs at He is the founder of the Young Writers Workshop — an ongoing coaching program for serious writers.

  • Thanks, Brett, for sharing this! It is so beautiful! And I love listening to songs sung in a different language. Also, I really needed to hear that today in particular!

    • I know! Listening to Kim Jin Ho made me look forward to Heaven when we’ll be able to hear God being worshipped in every language and tongue. It will be so beautiful.

      • Gabrielle

        AMEN!! Heaven’s going to be totally AMAZING!!

      • That will be a glorious day that I look forward to very much! I will also be very happy that I won’t have to struggle with or fail Greek anymore, too! 😉

        • Gabrielle

          HAHA!! Yeah, for sure!! No more school and thinking!! 😉

          • liv737johnoxide

            Um, not really! I think there’ll still be school and thinking 😉

          • Gabrielle

            You think so…we’ll see one day

          • liv737johnoxide

            Well, at least thinking 😉

          • So I don’t really know exactly what heaven is like (I some times wish I could ask my brother who is there ), but I do have a couple thoughts. So I do think we will probably be learning in heaven because if we are not learning than that means we know everything already and than we would be God. But we are not God and never will be on the same level as God, so I believe we still will be learning even in heaven, particularly about God himself because he is infinite and so there will always be something that we can learn about God that we don’t know already. But whatever kind of learning there is, we will enjoy learning and want to learn and there won’t be the sin mixed in with the learning. So that means I will have a good attitude about it and I will love it and I don’t think I will fail at it either. Hope that makes sense. 😉
            Also, Randy Alcorn has written some really good books on heaven if you are interested in reading more on the topic. 😉

  • Haylie

    Oh man… :’] Kim Jin Ho has some major talent… and the song was beautiful. And the message, so thought provoking (and tear provoking :P) Thank you for sharing this with us, Brett :)

    • You’re so welcome, Haylie! I needed it today too. I just don’t think I always see my parents clearly and what an amazing blessing it is that they chose to make raising me such a big priority in their lives.

  • Elizabeth Namaara

    Thank you so much or sharing this! So powerful, gave me shivers.

  • Martial Artist

    Wow. That was incredible.

  • Ellie

    Absolutely beautiful! thank you so much for sharing!

  • Christy

    This was such a beautiful thing. I often forget how truly blessed I am to have the parents that I do. Songs rarely make me cry, but I was definitely brought to tears by this song. Thank you so much for sharing this.

    • I don’t cry often either! I think this song also helped me grieve the death of my mother too. She gave so much for us and there were many days where I just “looked past her” so to speak. I didn’t always see that she had chosen to spend her life for mine. That’s such an amazing sacrifice.

      • Gabrielle

        Awe, praying for you @BrettHarris:disqus

  • Carissa Alberts

    Wow, that made me think of my parents. With the busyness of taking classes at a local college I don’t spend that much time with them as I used too and its easy to forget about them sometimes. Thank you for sharing, I love songs that are so rich in meaning, and yes it made me cry:}

    • “Rich in meaning” … That’s a great way to describe this song. =)

  • Jasmine

    Beautiful song. I cried. Life can be so busy sometimes, and this made me stop and think that families are just as or more so important. Thank you so much for posting this, Brett! I needed to hear it. :)

    • I’m so glad, Jasmine. We all need to stop and think more often. Busyness is so dangerous because of how it makes us lose clarity about what matters most.

  • Rachel

    Wow… that was incredible. It surely stuck chords with me and probably every other person in the audience. It was beautiful!! I pray that the father was a Christian.. and will also be praying for Kim Jin-ho and his mother :). Thanks so much for sharing, Brett! I have been thinking a lot about you and your lovely wife… I hope you all are doing okay?

    • Thanks for your comment, Rachel. There’s no way to know for sure, but South Korea is a very Christian nation. There is a good chance that his father at least professed faith in Christ. =)

      Also, thanks for asking about Ana. She is still dealing with a LOT, but is making slow progress. Please keep her in your prayers when you think about it.

      • Rachel

        Oh, no problem! Sorry I didn’t reply sooner… maybe the message went to my spam… Yes, I’ve heard that! It’s very interesting, the story of how Christianity came to Korea originally. A Korean missionary came and told the story to my Perspectives class nearly a year ago in December :)

        Of course, I’ll be praying, as I have been. I’m so glad to hear that she’s making progress 😀 I’m sure it’s been quite a dark time for you both in many ways.

  • Well, I just hope you’re satisfied … now I’m crying and smiling, which doesn’t make any sense …

  • Kate I.

    Really Brett? C’mon man. I’m a hot mess right now:D Thank you for posting. I realized how little I love my parents and I pray to appreciate them and love them more every day.
    “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another.” John 13:34

  • Gabrielle

    Oh my gosh, that’s SO precious!! I wasn’t even trying to watch the whole thing quite yet and I was crying! Tears came from nowhere!! :) Still crying…..goodness!! Thanks, that’s all I needed Brett, was to cry the rest of the day!!!! I’m gonna go hug my parents…

  • Amanda

    I couldn’t follow it. I don’t know what he was trying to say.

    • Olivia Garrod

      I think you can look up the lyrics for it. But regardless of the words and not understanding it, it was an amazing song.

      • Amanda

        It’s been a year, so I don’t remember it. I don’t tend to think things are amazing if I can’t understand them; how do I know it’s amazing then? But it’s ok, I’m sure it was great because Brett and lots of you said so. :)

  • liv737johnoxide

    This is beautiful!

  • Emily

    This proves what a beautiful gift that God has given us through music! Absolutely beautiful. I dare you to watch this and not get chills.

  • Rachel Rizzuto

    That music was beautiful, i could of just listened to the music.

  • cholliman

    Oh my word that is so meaningful! thanks so much for sharing!

  • hgfranco 99

    Beautiful! He did an amazing job!! Thanks for sharing Brett

  • Riley Wilkins

    What a wonder full voice he has, and very meaning full and touching

  • Raven W

    I just watched the video and cried about 5 times. The words are very touching, and I can just hear the feelings behind his amazing voice. Hope I could be like him one day :)

  • Page Wheeler

    Wow that was really powerful! I’m literally at a loss for words…

  • Sandra Irene Hlina

    The song was beautiful, moving, well-sung, but it was actually your words at the end that made me cry. Thank you, young man of God, for blessing me with your encouraging words today. And thank you for this wonderful ministry.

  • I may or may not have cried my eyes out… <3

  • Evelyn Creon

    I absolutely love how touching this song is.

  • Olivia Garrod

    i did not end up crying but I love this song. I ended up listening to it twice. Words cannot describe how amazing and powerful this song is. Words cannot do justice to this song,

  • Olivia Garrod

    I’ve been listening to this song over the past few days. And to be honest i’ve never really had that great relationship with my parents that I want to have. But this song is teaching me to love and respect them more. Thank you so much for sharing this amazing song.

  • Someone’s cutting onions again! This is so amazing! There are no words the song was so touching and…. Need I say more?

  • Michael

    Amazing song… First I cried somewhere in the beginning now I’m crying again. It was so very beautiful.

    Thank you for sharing this video and song Brett. =’)

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