One of my earliest memories are of our Father sitting on the floor with us siblings all around, watching him mix by hand – for a Christmas cake to be sent to the local bakery as those were the days without the ovens and hand held beaters or the other amazing machines we see today for our help in the kitchen.
And as the cake and other Christmas goodies were made not only for the family but also to share among friends and community members, the quantity had to be large. Therefore being a Man and stronger as God made him, he took it on himself to mix the batter instead of his delicate and beautiful wife, our Mother.
As we grew up, it was wonderful to see on Sundays, the only day off for my Father who was away on tours or worked in the city from early mornings to coming back home late evenings – to willingly take the initiative to take on the kitchen – considered to be the domain of only a woman then, 50 years back. Yes, my Father was an accomplished cook and a Baptized Christian and one of the few who I know walked in ACTION to show his Faith.
The Bible was his faithful companion wherever he went to work and he loved the English language for he even then knew, it was going to be the language of the World. His other insistence was for us to know Mathematics and since the age of 5, I was taught the rudiments of basic Math and fractions always telling us that when we don’t know something we FEAR it……
This article is shared because this Man from a small village in South India could come to Bombay then (Mumbai ) at the tender age of 18 by the strength of the Bible to have a dream to educate his children in English. Working his way up, he also had some colleagues and their families who were Americans and he was very inspired by their cultured way of life and the Dignity bestowed on Women as equals. So learning from the Bible and these fellow beings from a Christian country, inspired him to DREAM of having his children go to the land of Dreams….
And two of them did…my brothers!! But the dreams turned Sour for one of them….and he is no more. My soul’s labor indeed is to SEEK from the Lord as to how these things could have happened in a fine Christian family – it has turned up answers that it is not enough that one is just taught the Bible at home. The children have to be taught to make it part of their everyday lives too wherever they go around in the world as the work demands so that HYPOCRISY does not creep in to make up for being – a Christian….Being ignorant maybe blissful but it lures one to be taken away from Jesus.
The Life of a Christian has to be lived out in the SMALL things of Life and for that we need to have to lead a vigilant and SEEKING Life – something which is possible for everyone for such is the Power of the HOLY Spirit….the GIFT of our Lord Jesus for everyone who seeks…to be able to then get up to WALK the TALK…