Once upon a time, a man lived and walked on the earth. He grew up from humble beginnings in a village and reached a million points of light on earth and the highest stars in the heaven above. After 27 unbroken years in prison, he walked outside without bitterness and vengeance on February 11, 1990. He worked to either live or die for a free and democratic South Africa where blacks and whites are equal. With a strong spirit of true peace and reconciliation, he liberated both the oppressed and oppressors in his native South Africa and the World.
During his lifetime, Nelson Rolihlahla Madiba Mandela embodied a character of a good human being who sacrificed self and family for liberty, justice and forgiveness of others. He showed genuine love to all without fear and favor. He wanted nothing in return while giving everything to everyone freely. His unwavering desire was that every man and woman must be treated equally. Never wanting material worth and power, Madiba, as he was affectionately called, changed the lives of millions of people around the globe. No creed, race and religion could even stop his unflinching love for humanity and courage.
Mandela performed his duty on earth selflessly and faithfully. Everyone knew that the end was near, although nobody knew the precise hour when death would take him home to God. On December 5, 2013, at the age of 95, a great man has flown away to be with the great and faithful saints. Millions of people are praying, dancing and celebrating his good life, while more would pray and rejoice for the demise of tyrants in Africa. Even false rumors of death bring great joy on the faces of their citizens. A heart seems to stop just thinking about this. There must be no mistake, however! The moral dimension of each reaction in these cases is different. This is totally justifiable. If and only if African leaders would follow the examples of the Father of the Nation, African countries and World at large will be a better place. There would be no more wars and rumors of wars. Poverty and disease would be things of the past. Sons and daughters of Africa would not have to travel to faraway places and prefer to die there. Most Africans in the Diaspora would return home. Africa would be able to unleash its fullest potential and creativity as well as fully participate in a truly competitive multi-polar world order.
A giant is today gone; however, his legacy is timeless. Mandela lived and still lives on today, tomorrow and forever. The rainbow nation will celebrate and remember his good life. Mandela now rests in perfect peace with God who reigns over His throne of indescribable majesty and splendor. The whole world loves Nelson Mandela, but God loves him even more. Thanks be to God!