1923 – 2015

“We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is … serving, then serve;… if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently…”    Rom 12:6-8  (NIV)

We are sad to have lost the founding father of our beloved country this week. We belong to the generations that have witnessed the transformation of our country to what it is today. And we are grateful to God for blessing us with a dedicated, charismatic leader who, together with his able team, served so passionately for the nation. There’s no denying what he had done for our country.

Surprisingly, for all his pragmatism, he was inseparable from his wife of 63 years, his closest friend and soul-mate.  When she passed away four years ago, he felt such deep grief and sorrow, and said:

“Without her, I would be a different man, with a different life.”

“She’s gone. All that is left behind are her ashes. I will be gone and all that will be left behind will be ashes. For reasons of sentiment, well, put them together. But to meet in afterlife?  Too good to be true.”

What an insight it has given me – ultimately, what concerns us most at our final moments is not any of our achievements, but…our relationships. With people around us. And with God.

It is indeed a sobering thought for us as we are entering into Holy Week…

Eternal rest grant unto him O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. May he rest in peace. Amen.   By R

(Photo by Ben – taken at the hospital where our founding father had passed away. This morning we woke up at 4 am and travelled to the Parliament House to pay our respects, where massive crowds had queued for 4-8 hours yesterday.)

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