and yet, his life and his contributions to the world and in particular to the suffering people of South Africa for whom he gave his life, remain with us forever. In sorrow for his passing, we lift up our hearts in prayer for South Africa. We also pray for our own comfort, for he changed all of us. In joy for the life he lived so sacrificially, we lift up our hearts to God and give thanks.
Dr. John N. Jonsson, my supervising professor for the PhD, was a native of South Africa. He fought against apartheid. I remember him too as I thank God for Mr. Mandela. John provides this vivid translation of the prophet Micah’s urgent declaration to us (6:8);
So you call yourself a human being, well then you know what God wants you to do–Do what is right. Be kind. Walk humbly with your God.
Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela embodied the prophet’s urgent call to justice.