In Long Walk to Freedom, Mandela wrote,
“No one is born hating another person because of the colour of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.”
A short time ago I watched the live announcement from Reshmi Nair on CBC that Nelson Mandela had died. The tenderness in her voice spoke volumes about the weightiness of this announcement. The world has lost a great man. Today, one of the strongest spirits in human history has gone to his glory. His life was witness to perseverance and resilience, to love and forgiveness, to humility and servanthood. It is emotional hearing this news. An Icon of my time —- is gone! The impact that he has had lives on.
In the next days, there will be much emotion and many will bear witness to how this man and his courage changed lives, changed people, and changed a country and changed the world. I pray for the people of South Africa and most especially for the Nelson Mandela’s family.
“The greatest glory in living
lies not in never falling,
but in rising every time we fall.”
May he rest in peace and rise in glory.