I woke up to this news on September 28, 2014 on the passing away from this life of Mr. P.A George from Marthoman TV web page.
The web post indicates the passing away of the retired director of Indian Meteorological service. There is a common trend in media , not specific to Marthoman TV ,to associate personalities in society / significant events and promoted to capture attention of recipients irrespective of any connection.
In this case, the post does not give any reference to what Mr. P.A George's connection with Malankara Orthodox Church and probably it is quite difficult to the media to find out his connection as,he may have not donated or managed charitable /spiritual organizations associated with Malankara Orthodox Church . Since it mentioned him felt it fitting to share some thoughts.
First of all let me say , I have met Mr. P.A George only twice in my life and consider it a blessing both times and posting this to honor his memory and through this post God may use us for His Glory. My first interaction with Mr. P.A George was almost 25 years back and second in July 2014 during our visit to India .
Almost 25 years back , during a study leave vacation from Bangalore where I was studying for my Engineering degree to Prashanth Nagar , Trivandrum I met him for this first time after his retirement. His sight was poor even then ,but very modestly as if he is not sure if he has captured the essence appropriately, shared a small book that he has published with notes on Holy Qurbana to help others to experience fully the Holy Qurbana . In my many moves , lost the book and think it was in an MGOCSM book store in Kottayam during our visit to India in 2008 that I could get another copy of the second edition of the book.
The question then arose was - "The Lord provides opportunities and peoples in our lives to direct us in His path ," . It was an eye opener to me to see that the essence of our Christian faith is so preciously captured within the Church and it fell like a pang on conscience question mark that I felt need to be nurtured all my future days - God in his mercy has blessed abundantly and given you the Church and as an individual, it falls on me and the rest of us who are born again into it to come to it and learn and live with Christ .
The realization of me being as one of those who have hidden the Talent give was seeing him for the second time after 25 Years . After the first visit, I have tried many times sporadically to visit him , but the house was either locked or someone would come tell that he is not here . After a while and in my travels , PA George Sir was forgotten and the book that he gave just a passing memory.
In 2014 , when we visited Trivandrum , we passed by small house and was told that the person who lives here as someone who retired and in his old age,sold his main property and behind his small house is a family who he helped build a home with family looking after his day to day affairs in his old age. Some how I had the feeling to stop the car asking the driver to see him and sure enough I see PA George sir around 90 who has lost much of his sight ,but could recognize my voice and invited me to come later on in the evening to prayer at his home.
When I mentioned of his book and that I still have a copy , He told how he has heard that they republished it and told while there may be many books now how in those days there were none and it was a passionate desire to produce that to help himself and future generation. He told of how some of the Bishops like HG Barnabas of America has encouraged him.
What amazed me most during that evening with him was that in a time when many a clergy and us forget the need and how within our resources Christian fellowship , He had been opening him home weekly for an hour for any one to walk in read the Bible, Sing few Hymns together and help each other live out faithfully their life in Christ. While He also explained that his home was open all denominations and even those outside of the faith comes there, His conviction on Orthodox Christian faith has never faltered and as he is old to travel has the local priest come home to hear his confession and partake of Eucharist.
It is the prayers and encouragement of those like PA George Sir , that the Church will always thrive and so fitting they are in Christ and our faith to proclaim Memory Eternal !
September 25, 2017