Originally published Wednesday, 11 December 2013.
As I type this, a live broadcast of the memorial service for Nelson Mandela is streaming through my laptop speakers. My screen has been flooded and inundated with tributes, quotes, images, broadcasts and expressed emotions paying tribute to a man used by God to change the course of a nation.
Here are a few links to comments and reflections from personal friends, both white South Africans who acknowledge the providence of God in the life and impact of Nelson Mandela:
First, a word from our pastor in Cape Town:
Here is Bronwyn Lea‘s account of her experience growing up in the heart of South African change:
This flash mob by the Soweto Gospel Choir in a South African grocery store caused tears to well up in my eyes:
And because I lacked words to express sufficient gratitude to God for using Mandela as He did, the best I could come up with was to honor him and ultimately the Lord with photographs I’ve taken over the years demonstrating the beauty of God’s creation in South Africa, and the peace that has been wrought to a country that could have crumbled:
May the Lord raise up more leaders to sustain His work not only in South Africa, but from every tongue, tribe and nation.