This is an account of a seven year old boy and his journey of writing and ultimately publishing a book, sent to me by his mother.
Jeremy was only 19 years when he fell off a running train on the 26th of November 2017. He succumbed to his injuries at Cooper hospital in Mumbai.
It was a shock to his parents and to all of us who knew him and the family. The pain was agonizing, the questions unending.
It was like being thrown into the deepest and darkest pit possible. Gillian cried out to God, praying that if it is His will let Jeremy be raised from the dead. We all wept. Friends and family poured into their home that dark night to comfort them, shocked themselves. The people from their local church enveloped them with love and comfort.
But something unexpected started taking place almost within minutes of Gillian receiving the news at home. She started saying, “Lord if it is your will, I accept it. ” She started praising God at that most difficult moment.
Even Max who was at the Hospital, once he overcame the initial shock, was able to reach out and comfort his shocked friends who were gathered there.
What we witnessed was the triumph of the Living HOPE Jesus Christ, over death, the fleshing out of the victory Jesus won for you and me on the cross, defeating sin and death for ever, once and for all, for we know that after Jesus died, he did not remain in the grace for long but came back to life on the third day, a fact of history that his enemies tried their best to deny.
Max and Gillian have experienced this by believing in the finished work of Jesus on the cross. They were able to live it out.
At the darkest moment of their lives, this light within them shone through.
This was real faith, this was Christianity at its most powerful moment.. They were able to sing and praise God because they made a choice in their hearts to believe in the promises of God. They knew for sure that Jeremy now was, not in a better place, but in the best place possible, as Gillian kept saying in the days following.
Death was defeated that day and we were witness to it. This was when we started to understand what was meant by the eternal verse in 1 Corinthians 15:55 “Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?”
The way Max, Gillian and even Gabrielle, his 11 year old sister, conducted themselves during the days following the death of Jeremy was I think the greatest testimony to the resurrection power of Christ. Many people have been touched including atheists witnessing this. One said, if this is what faith is, I want to experience this. At the funeral where over a thousand gathered, everyone was comforted by how the parents behaved. It was almost as if the parents were drawing from an unending well, springs of living water and hope and joy just bubbled out of them.
Jeremy’s blogs have inspired many.
Jeremy’s friends who worked with him at 40 Parables, a company in Bangalore, gave powerful testimony to his life and how he was so different in many ways, his maturity and his wisdom. He used to think out of the box. [He was home schooled by his parents as they believed that was the best way to impart their faith and life to him]
They said that any problem, any curved ball thrown at him he could handle and turn into another opportunity for their company.
Here we saw that the greatest curved ball Satan could throw at a parent became another opportunity for them to display the glory of the risen Jesus Christ to the world.
All praise to our God who lives and loves us with passion. He knows you personally and his greatest desire is to bless you. Would you like to deepen your relationship with this God?
I had to do something drastic to connect back to my teenage son. Guess what?
He is in the tenth grade now and for the past few months I have been watching him spend hours…well not studying as in from his textbooks, but watching you tube videos or playing mine craft.
So this week finally I had to step in to help him achieve his own goals for this academic, to clear the tenth grade. Remember, a family is there to help support one another!
The first step was to get him to explain to me and understand what he wanted to actually get done.
For that I asked him to make a timetable for the week. He wrote that and we put it up on a big sheet in his room.
Then I gave him three days to see what he was actually able to do on his own. The wifi and internet remained on during this time.
What I observed was that he was simply unable to control the amount of time he spent on the net either on you tube or his mobile or on the desktop or laptop playing games.
So after three days I had to sit with him and make him understand in very simple terms what was happening.
Such is the power of these activities that the child is unable to recognize and tries to justify by saying that he has finished his assigned duties.
So we had to go for the complete solution. Just unplug the modem and keep it away in a secure place, and take the smart phone from him.
This has worked wonders!
We have our son back again!
Do share your experiences with your teenage kids 🙂
Over the last few years there has been a growing awareness of the existence of alternatives to Institutional schools as a way to educate children.
This has resulted in those who chose such alternatives years ago now coming together to hold meetings to explain what these alternatives are, especially homeschooling.
Yesterday Mumbai homeschoolers organised a Homeschooling Info Meet [HIM Nov 2017]. The response was beyond expectations, so much so that the initial venue had to be changed at the last minute.
It sounds paradoxical to hold a homeschooling meet in a school 🙂 but since the Principal of RCIS [Rustomjee Cambridge International School] Dahisar has graciously offered her place, a big thank you to Tanya Valecha madam and her team, and I believe it is a recognition by those in mainstream education that true education is collaborative.
For those who are interested, please click this link to a Google Drive folder with audio recordings from HIM Nov 2017.
This HIM Nov 2017 was a huge success and these are the highlights of the same:
Over 250 adults and kids participated.
The venue was the ground floor open hall of Rustomjee School
We had 6 to 8 experienced Homeschooler/unschooler families who gave 10 to 20 minute talks on their life, experiences, and the various ways in which you can do alternative education.
Swashikshan the all India homeschoolers body was also explained.
Different ways to integrate back to the mainstream in case the child or parent desires to were also presented.
The pros and cos of both systems were discussed along with practical tips in the lively Q & A session.
Tea and biscuits were served, courtesy the School. We charge a nominal fee of 50 Rs per adult and 20 Rs per child for this HIM Nov 217.
If anyone is interested in attending or organising future HIMs please contact us or Swashikshan.
I was shocked to see two men from a roadside garage burning wires made of copper and insulated with PVC, apparently to extract the copper.