Remembering A Father’s Heart

taken from our writer’s social media page – a poignant personal reflection after the loss of Singapore’s founding father, Mr. Lee KUAN Yew

What I valued most about this week was seeing glimpses of Mr. Lee’s personal life. I love hearing the stories of those who knew him not just as a politician, but as a father. Because I’ve never been interested in politics or national affairs (my parents constantly chide me for not reading newspapers), I never knew or cared much about what exactly LKY or LHL or anyone else did. To me the name “founding father” was merely a formality people used, just because he was in politics at the time Singapore became independent. I was never fully interested until this week.

I’m up late tonight watching some of his old interviews, reading accounts of his life from his family, hearing the Parliamentary tribute speeches made by those who worked with him, and they all say one thing in different ways: He loved Singapore with a father’s heart, just as he loved his biological family with a father’s heart. For the first time, I understand why people call him 国父, and I’ve begun to see him as not just “a founding father”, but MY father too.

One of my friends put it this way:
“You see, Mr. Lee Kuan Yew was not just a leader, or a great. He was our father. People may say that calling him that is glorifying him, but I think it is only befitting for the type of love and dedication that he showed us. Mr Lee was not just a leader, he was a father. In the words of his grandson Li Shengwu “When Singapore was cut adrift from Malaysia, you adopted an orphaned nation and made us all your children.” Fathering is different from leading. It is leading with love and desire for the next generation to survive and succeed.”

A father trains up his children in the way he knows to be good, and a father takes extreme measures against anything if it threatens his family’s stability. Mr. Lee, being mortal, did not always do it perfectly. But like a true father, his purposes were always for us, not against us and not for himself. As Former DPM Wong Kan Seng said in his parliamentary tribute: “He often reminded us that some policies were like bitter medicines which might be hard to stomach in the short term. But, as long as the purpose of the policy is to benefit the people, then we must persist.”

What strikes me is that Lee Kuan Yew’s three children graciously shared their father with the nation. Hearing Lee Hsien Yang’s eulogy at the state funeral, it sank in that his own children were growing up while he was running around the world and working crazy hours to father Singapore. I have no idea how he managed both fathering roles without crumbling under the stress.

I’m amazed that his three children also chose to take up work that involves the difficult path of leadership, just to serve this country. These children shared their Papa with us, didn’t hold a grudge against this country for occupying so much of his attention, and then proceeded to serve us with their lives too.

Maybe, that’s what you do when you have experienced the love of a father – you walk in his steps.

Hannah writes because it helps her think more clearly. She finds it pretty nerve-wrecking to put her thoughts out in public view but she does it because maybe, hopefully, these thoughts will point readers to see the invisible God in their visible world.

WHAT'S ON IN COOS

Events on August 24, 2019

9:00 am: Korean Style Bouquet Workshop

Annyeong! Come join us for a fun DIY Korean-styled Bouquet Workshop. We will be using fresh flowers to create a korean-style wrapped bouquet. All materials and tools will be provided.

It cost $80 per participant, or $150 for 2 pax if you are bringing a friend.
As sharp tools will be used, the workshop is suitable for participants 12 years and older.

Dates: 24 & 25 August 2019
Time: 9am to 11.30am (24 Aug), Room 302
1.30pm to 4.00pm (25 Aug), Room 201
Location: Room 302
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9:30 am: An Overview of the OT (Session 2 of 4)

An Overview of the Old Testament
For more information, visit https://www.coos.org.sg/church-life/christian-education/
Location: Room 217
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2:30 pm: English Service : Pastor Mark Tho speaking

Location: 130 Margaret Dr, Singapore 149300
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4:00 pm: COOSkidz Birthday Party - Robot

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4:30 pm: Youth Service : Guest speaker Max Jeganathan

Location: 130 Margaret Dr, Singapore 149300
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5:00 pm: Waggy Walk with Your Furkids!'

Calling out to all COOS members who own a pet dog/s to join us in this gathering to walk our dogs which will take place on the 4th Saturday of each month. Invite your friends and neighbors so that we can also promote bonding which each other! Meeting point and ending point at COOS Plaza. We will be walking along the Alexander Canal for our first walk on 24/8/19. Register through this link and QR code.
Location: Meeting point and end point in COOS Plaza
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Events on August 25, 2019

8:30 am: English Service : Pastor Mark Tho speaking

Location: 130 Margaret Dr, Singapore 149300
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10:45 am: English Service : Pastor Mark Tho speaking

Location: 130 Margaret Dr, Singapore 149300
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Events on August 29, 2019

7:30 pm: Choir Performance

Location: Church of Our Saviour, 130 Margaret Dr, Singapore 149300
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Events on August 31, 2019

9:30 am: An Overview of the OT (Session 3 of 4)

An Overview of the Old Testament
For more information, visit https://www.coos.org.sg/church-life/christian-education/
Location: Room 217
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2:30 pm: English Service : Pastor Joseph You speaking [Holy Communion]

Location: 130 Margaret Dr, Singapore 149300
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3:00 pm: Flea Market

Volunteers needed for outreach initiatives to our community for the Flea Market! Gather your family, church friends or cell members, go into our neighborhoods (Stirling, Dawson and Mei Ling) at your own time and invite the residents for the flea market event on 31/8 and 1/9. Every flyer has a $10 value coupon attached so that they can exchange for the items at the flea market! Contact Tan Choong Meng at 81235996 for any enquiry.
Location: Atrium
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3:00 pm: Flea Market

Looking for volunteers to set up booths to run a flea market in COOS! Gather a few friends or cell members, collect unused clothes and accessories, mend a stall at the atrium. Proceed of the sales will go towards the Geylang Ministry in COOS! If you are interested, please register at the admin counter or at this google link. Contact Tan Choon Meng at 81235996 for more information.
Location: Atrium
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4:00 pm: Alpha Parenting Teenagers Course

A course for parents with children from 11 - 18 years old. It equips carers of children with strategies and tools in building a healthy family life. It is relevant for people of all faith.

Date: 31 Aug, 7, 14, 21, 28 Sep, 5 Oct
Time: 4pm - 6pm
Venue: COOS

Register at admin desk or scan QR code or thru this link: https://bit.ly/2vq7ClL
Location: COOS
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4:45 pm: Evergreen Fellowship Talk

Evergreen Fellowship is organising a talk by Mr Benny Ong on "Understanding the difference between Advance Medical Directive (AMD), The lasting power of Attorney and The will.
Location: COOS AUDITORIUM
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Events on September 1, 2019

8:30 am: English Service : Pastor Joseph You speaking [Holy Communion]

Location: 130 Margaret Dr, Singapore 149300
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10:45 am: English Service : Pastor Joseph You speaking [Holy Communion]

Location: 130 Margaret Dr, Singapore 149300
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SERVICE DETAILS

MAIN SERVICES (ENGLISH)
Saturday | 2.30pm
Sunday | 8.30am and 10.45am
YOUTH SERVICE (ENGLISH)
Saturday | 4.30pm
*Except every 1st weekend of the month, where youth joins main services.
SERVICES & OFFICE LOCATION
130 Margaret Drive Singapore 149300
It is a 10-minute walk from the Queenstown MRT Station.The bus-stops nearest to the church are served by
SBS Bus 51, 111, 145, 186, 195 and 32 and TIBS Bus 970.

The office is open from Tuesdays to Saturdays, 9am to 5.30pm.

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