Saturday, December 7, 2013

The Longest Walk

My heart is breaking as I remember this giant of a man and his contributions to human rights and social justice. He sacrificed his marriage, time with his children and best years of his life to ensure freedom for others. He taught us dignity, grace and forgiveness. I am inspired that he lived on this earth during my lifetime.

Many have and will honor his memory. A prayer released Friday by Cape Town Archbishop Thabo Makgoba captured the essence and impact of this great man:

Go forth, revolutionary and loving soul, on your journey out of this world, in the name of God, who created you, suffered with you and liberated you. Go home Madiba, you have selflessly done all that is good, noble and honourable for God's people. We will continue where you have left off, the Lord being our helper." 
Rest in peace, Madiba. You completed your long walk to freedom  with grace, dignity and forgiveness. Thank you for what you taught us.