A Promotion for my father


Two years and three months after my mother passed away, my father has joined her. Pappa passed away on 17 June 2009 at 7am. He was moved out of the ICU on the 16th since there was nothing else the doctors could do for him. He had gotten to the point where there was no more response when he is called. After he was moved to the room, we tried to make him as comfortable as possible. Since the neurologist had told me that he may still have his hearing, I called Charlie and asked him to bring some CD’s with old songs that he likes, and the audio Bible in Malayalam. We played that in the room throughout the day, in hopes that he would be able to hear. He had said many times that since his eyesight is poor now, he cannot read the Bible anymore. That was a great loss for him…not to be able to read the Bible. I had always tried to get him to listen to the audio Bible, but he always said, “yes, but its not the same as reading it for yourself.”

During the night, I was in the hospital room with Pappa. Since his breathing was heavy, I followed his breathing throughout the night. I woke up many times and would listen carefully for the sound of his breathing. Finally, in the morning at 7am, he breathed his last, to be with his Lord that he loved so much.

In 1998, when my wife spoke with my mother about the death of both of her parents, Mummy recited this verse: “Lord, you have been our dwelling place throughout all generations” Psalm 90:1. It is good to know that our parents served and trusted God and passed on that faith to us. That gives us hope to transfer the same faith on to the next generation.

Thanks to all who prayed for us during this difficult time. I know that it was the prayers of so many that helped us to gain strength in God. Thanks for the many emails, sms, and blog comments that were left (including chat that I did not reply). Thank you.

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, 17 June 2009. 15 Comments on A Promotion for my father. Category: Uncategorized.

About Alexi George

Alexi is the pastor of Adoor Vineyard and an Associate Professor at Faith Theological Seminary, India. He blogs regularly on Leadership and Life from a biblical perspective.

15 Comments

  1. Jemy says:

    Hi pastor,
    We join you and your family in your sorrows !!

    God is good all the time !!!

    Regards
    Jemy

  2. Rev Satish says:

    Dear Alexi Sir and family
    We received with sadness the news of your father’s passing away. Yet we thank God for the hope that he had in Christ. Those in christ have no fear of death because they have already passed from death to life. May the good Lord comfort your family and fill you all with hsi peace.
    Pastor Satish and family. Dallas, TX

  3. SoliTear says:

    We will be praying for you and your family at this time. I would echo the comments of Rev Satish. He said it so well.

    Jim Ickes

  4. Thomas P says:

    Dearest Alexi & Annie, Charlie & Sweetie, I know it is a difficult time for you all. But I am sure it is a time to celebrate your Dad’s life than grieve in his death. May the peace and strength of the Lord increase in you.
    (Kabod & Gloria)
    Rachel & Thomas P Thomas,
    Faith Family

  5. Anonymous says:

    Dear pastor Alexi,

    We are very sorry to receive the news about your father. But we knew
    he is in a better place now and
    should be happily reunited with your mother and our Lord. Our love and prayer are with you and your family. Please take care. God bless.

    -Ming Shen

  6. Dear Alexi and family
    My heart aches for you. A little over a year ago, my daddy went home and although we miss him lots, we don’t grieve as this world without hope. Whenever sadness knows on my door, I just think about how exceedingly happy he is. They can never come to us but we can go to them. So you see, our dads are in our future!! We love you and are praying for you in Visalia, California!
    Praise Center Church Family

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  8. Ancey says:

    Dearest Shajichachan and family,

    I don’t know if you remember us, but we used to go to church together at Bronx Full Gospel Assembly, and our father’s used to live together back in the 1970’s….

    My dad, Ps. Kurien Thomas, from NY wanted me to send our family’s condolences….This is including Ps. T.T. Thomas and family also. Let us know if you need anything…My dad said you can call him at any time…His number is 516-833-7734…Again, we’re so sorry for your loss, and our prayers are with you all.

    Love always,

    Steve & Ancey Thomas
    Ps. & Mrs. Kurien Thomas
    Ps. & Mrs. T.T.Thomas
    Bethel International Church (Elmont, NY)

  9. Zachariah says:

    Dear Alexi, We’re sorry to hear about dad’s homegoing. As you know, when we moved to Bronx, NY, your mom and dad played a huge role in helping us out. We traveled in your “Fiat” car several times to church meetings and grocery stores (Path Mark and A&P). We thank God for your parents godly testimoney and the heritage they have passed on to you, your brothers and your children. We’ll truly miss him but we will always cherish his life. I talked to my dad and he was very sad to hear about your dad’s passing away. He told me that he had visited him right before he left to the States which was around April 2009. Please accept our family condolences. We’ll keep your family in our prayers. We pray that God will bring peace and comfort during this time of bereavement.

    Koshy & Family (USA)

  10. We are praying for you all right now. We have neighbors who just lost their dad yesterday and hope to share with them since they are of another faith.
    Let’s keep in touch.
    Love,
    Ellen and Rick
    Phil. 4

  11. GEORGE says:

    Shajichan… Difficult to hold back tears after knowing him. Was planning to come next month and was so hoping to see him. God remains faithful.

    May our King fills us all with the peace that passeth all understanding.

    Hayz…

  12. JOSCy says:

    Respected Shajichan,
    I sow your message.
    we joined with in this time.
    Here your father is apsent but thye ame time your father in present Gods Residence.We hope that God fill your heart with His Words and Pease.
    From HisVineYard

    Pastor JOHN SAMUEL,Manakala(Joscy)

  13. Santosh says:

    Dear Pastor,

    My Deepest condolences to your family in this hour!! We are all praying for the strength in your life from our heavenly father.. May God help you stay in the path that your parents have showed…

    God Bless..
    Santosh Babu

  14. Koshy says:

    Dear Shaji,C.G. and families,
    we are very sorry to know that Kunjumonachayan had left all of us to be with the Lord. May the peace that pass all understanding be with us. Hoping to see you on tuesday.

  15. Savvy Mom says:

    Dear Anniemama and Pastor,
    May the Holy Spirit comfort you all during this time.

    I am really sorry that i will not be able to attend the funeral.

    Savita

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