As the great Nelson Mandela is buried this coming Sunday, one cannot but wonder what a welcome he will receive in heaven.
He is not a saint, but Mandela has come so close to it.
He has been a gift to South Africa, standing up for the rights of the oppressed along with other struggle heroes.
He spent 27 years in prison so that there could be equality in South Africa.
How selfless is that? How many people would have given even a day or a week of their time for the wellbeing and rights of others?
Mandela led an admirable life. It takes a lot to give up your own life and freedom for others.
As President Barack Obama said in his speech at Mandela’s memorial on Tuesday, “We will never see the likes of Nelson Mandela.
“Mandela understood the ties that bind the human spirit…his recognition that we are all bound together by ways that can be invisible to the eye. That there is a oneness to humanity.”
The biggest lesson from Madiba is to choose peace and that other people do matter.
As the body of Madiba lies in state at the Union Buildings in Pretoria for three days, so many people will be fortunate enough to walk past and pay their last respects to one of the most incredible people this world has ever seen.
Mandela taught many of us to be better people.
Those who were fortunate enough to meet Madiba will forever hold those experiences in their hearts.
I am humbled to have lived in the time of Nelson Mandela. He inspired many lives with his words and actions.
Having met Mandela once at Sparrow School, I will never forget the warmth and emotion that seeing him evoked.
The world is in awe of Mandela, the icon. He is a sensation. Mandela’s memory will continue to inspire people all over the world.
May the story of Nelson Mandela’s life continue to be a lesson to the world, an example of how to live with other people.
May Mandela’s loved ones continue to find strength in that Madiba was loved the world over.