"God's grace has made me what I am."
Khulu its two days before Reconciliation Day
Naturally I'm thinking about you because you are the RECONCILER.
It must be that;
"The LORD hath sworn, and will not repent:
'Thou art a priest for ever after the manner of Melchizedek."
What is the meaning of Melchizedek?
It is said the name "malki" means "the king", and "tzedek", means "righteouness or "justice"
Tatomkhulu I know that you were blessed by the High Priest too and he gave the priesthood to you as he did with Abram upon recognizing his outstanding uniqueness and Godly character traits. (According to one writer)
How else could you have reconciled our country with so much passion, precision, amazing grace and such tenderness. God anointed you and gave you higher love before you were in the womb. A miracle occurred in heaven, a way was prepared way before you came to be, tools were kept safely for you to complete your sacred task without delay, without any disturbances.
One day we will know about the miracles and events surrounding your birth grandpa as we are told about the miracles surrounding Melchizedek's birth.
It is written that;
"Melchizedek was born of a virgin, Sofonim (or Sopanima), the wife of Nir, a brother of Noah. The child came out from his mother after she had died and sat on the bed beside her corpse, already physically developed, clothed, speaking and blessing the Lord, and marked with the badge of priesthood. Forty days later, Melchizedek was taken by the archanangel Gabriel (Michael in some manuscripts) to the Garden of Eden and was thus preserved from the Deluge without having to be in Noah's Ark."
Since we know that God is a God of Order who carefully plans every thing, we know that it is no coincidence that you were named Rholihlahla. Which means "pull the branch".
We learn that;
"Some communities believe that naming represents the presentation of the child to the ancestors. Naming may convey parents' wishes, or indicate the conditions under which the child was born, or it may be prophetic."
Could it be that the branch is your beloved country which you were sent to elevate from darkness into God's Marvellous light?
Thank you Khulu.
We Thank your comrades seated in heavenly places with God.
We Bless our Lord Jesus Christ!
It is done on earth as it is done in heaven.
What is Ubuntu?
President Obama described it as
“a South African word that captures Mandela’s greatest gift: his recognition that we are all bound together in ways that are invisible to the eye; that there is a oneness to humanity; that we achieve ourselves by sharing ourselves with others, and caring for those around us.”
Kukhal' amaxilongo Mawethu
Imilonji itsho njalo
Iintonga zitsho njalo
Abafana bavavanya amandla
Iintonjan' azicul' amagwijo akwantu
Igamboots zijub' esibhakabhakeni
Mhhhh niphi xa kunxena
Umahlathini ucul' iscathamiya
Ha ha ha!
Pres Obama you say;
“The group on stage with me tonight understands what President Kennedy understood: that our art is a reflection of us not just as people, but as a nation. It binds us together. Songs and dance and film express our triumphs and our faults, our strengths, our tenderness in ways that sometimes words simply cannot do. And so we honor those who have dedicated their lives to this endeavor,”
We Salute you dear Presidents!
It is written that;
"Queen Elizabeth’s natural personality has had to be subdued in public across the decades but upon casting her eyes on the New York City skyline for the first time, approaching the city by ship, she couldn’t suppress a delighted “Wheeee!’’
Today it is reported that
Prince William had nothing but praise for inner city youth performers in New York City.
"William told us he had been to the White House, met Jay Z and seen the basketball last night but this was their best experience in New York"
I know for sure that Dr King is overjoyed.
"Let the strivings of us all prove Martin Luther King, Jrn to have been correct when he said that humanity can no longer be tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war.
What challenges us is to ensure that none should enjoy lesser rights; and none tormented because they are born different, hold contrary political views, or pray to God in a different manner." Khulu Mandela
Who could ever forget these words?
"I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character." Dr King
Lady Diana is extremely happy too. It is reported that she was known as a champion of the underdog who used her celebrity to shine the spotlight on major issues that affected the world.
'I found her very graceful, highly intelligent, and committed to worthy causes and I was tremendously impressed by her warmth."
President George Washington I know you loved that performance too! Smiley smiley me:-)
"Washington was known as an energetic and excellent dancer.
Dancing was considered an important part of the social fabric of 18th century life. And as George Washington’s social stature began to rise, the number of balls, cotillions, parties, and dances he was invited to also rose considerably. Young Washington, blessed with an athletic frame, quickly came to love dancing and there are many accounts of his dancing throughout the night with an array of female guests."
Glee giggles! I hearty heart him for sure!
I can't help but add Granpa Mandela again and again and again. You know that he's beaming from ear to ear Prince Will, because of your act of kindness. And of course you know how much he loved music and dance.
"Music and dance makes me feel at peace with the world."
House of Windsor you are richly blessed!
God has blessed you for all time to come!
Nisityebisile ngobuntu benu
UThixo unisikelele ngesizukulwana esinothando
Isizukulwana esimaziyo umntu
Ngokuba umntu ngumntu ngabantu
The God of Abraham has established you for all time to come
Your foundation is as solid as a rock
"This is the stone that will make people stumble,
The rock that will make them fall." Peter
"Like a warrior's fistful of arrows are the children of a vigorous youth.
Oh how happy blessed are you parents with your quivers full of children!
Your enemies don't stand a chance against you
You'll sweep them right off your door step." Psalms
During khulu's inaugural address, he said;
"We dedicate this day to all the heroes and heroines in this country and the rest of the world who sacrificed in many ways and surrendered their lives so that we could be free.
Their dreams have become reality. Freedom is their reward.
We are both humbled and elevated by the honor and privilege that you, the people of South Africa, have bestowed on us, as the first President of a united, democratic, non-racial and non-sexist South Africa, to lead our country out of the valley of darkness.
We understand it still that there is no easy road to freedom.
We know it well that none of us acting alone can achieve success. We must therefore act together as a united people, for national reconciliation, for nation building, for the birth of a new world.
Let there be justice for all.
Let there be peace for all.
Let there be work, bread, water and salt for all...
Never, never and never again shall it be that this beautiful land will again experience the oppression of one by another and suffer the indignity of being the skunk of the world.
Let freedom reign."
In 2006 one of the paintings that was on display at the office of Archbishop Tutu is the painting of Serena Williams which I had just created and framed. She and Venus are my role models and role models for youth globally, hence her painting was created. This painting was created after Archbishop Tutu came to my home studio. When he set eyes on it, he said he wanted it and I couldn't say no. I was vulnerable. No money was paid for it. The purposes for which it was created have not changed. This is a business which must thrive and blossom. What will happen if this happens to young people who seek to build their lives and do positive things in the world? I'm not happy about what happened to me, considering the fact that I had already given art pieces as gifts to Archbishop and Mrs Tutu.
In a statement made from hiding, 26 June 1961 grandpa Mandela you said;
"We plan to make government impossible. I have chosen this latter course which is more difficult and entails more risk and hardship than sitting in jail. I have had to separate myself from my dear wife and children, from my mother and sisters, to live as an outlaw in my own land. I have had to close my business, to abandon my profession, and live in poverty and misery."
Surely our dear leaders recall these heart wrenching words. Why should we be made to feel this way in the New South Africa? Shouldn't our endevours be supported? Shouldn't we be encouraged instead of being discouraged? Shouldn't we be uplifted instead of being broken down?
"Today, all of us do, by our presence here, and by our celebrations in other parts of our country and the world, confer glory and hope to newborn liberty. Out of the experience of an extraordinary human disaster that lasted too long, must be born a society of which all humanity will be proud.
Our daily deeds as ordinary South Africans must produce an actual South African reality that will reinforce humanity's belief in justice, strengthen its confidence in the nobility of the human soul and sustain all our hopes for a glorious life for all." Granpa Mandela
Please visit this page which talks about how The Father of our Nation Granpa Mandela used sport to transform our nation.
Pres. Obama you say;
We welcome strivers, we welcome dream makers from all over the world. It keeps us young, it keeps us striving, and pushing the boundaries of what's possible. And then we all bind ourselves together around similar ideals. "
You also said;
"You have to speak to the fact that if somebody broke the law, even if they're good people, they're going to be held accountable,"
"Our single most important challenge is therefore to help establish a social order in which the freedom of the individual will truly mean the freedom of the individual. We must construct that people-centred society of freedom in such a manner that it guarantees the political liberties and the human rights of all our citizens. Nelson Mandela, speech at the opening of the South African parliament, Cape Town 25 May 1994
I read that;
"Winston Churchill described Queen Elizabeth when she was two as "a character. She has an air of authority and reflectiveness astonishing in an infant."
It is also written that;
"King George V cherished his granddaughter, and during his serious illness in 1929 her regular visits were credited in the popular press and by later biographers with raising his spirits and aiding his recovery."
This reminds me of my grandfather Jim who cherished me dearly. I was extremely close to him more than any other human on earth especially after my grandmother passed on.
Many years ago after my grandfather had gone to be with the good Lord, we had a cultural event at his house. His best friend whom he met when he was 10 and he 12 years old(grandpa Sipho) was there as well including AbaThembu. Thembu is one of our ancestors from my grandfather's partenal tree line.
These occasions are usually jam packed since everybody is invited. I was moving about making sure that all the people were well fed and taken care of, so granpa Sipho says to me,
"What kind of earrings are these you wearing? Ha ha ha
He had never seen big hoops like that.
So I say,
"These are earings that are worn by models on the runway grandpa!" (Smile)
I didn't know how else to explain! :-)
My heart was filled with laughter,
On the verge of exploding through the seams, but I couldn't really laugh, because he was so serious. So now all the grandfathers want to know, they waiting, so eager to know more!
So he says;
What is a model?
Ha ha ha!!!
(Grandpa Mandela I wish you were there to explain to the grandfathers who models are since you were aquanted with them, need I say that you look like a male model too! Glee glee gleee:-)
ha ha ha!)
Prince Will I know you can relate to this too! Ha ha ha!
So I say in Xhosa they are know as ooNobuhle(beauty peagants or something like that)
He still doesn't know beauty peagants.
So I say,
Its the ladies that walk like this grandpa in gorgeous gowns.
And I model back and forth before them, while all eyes were on me.
Different tribes and clans watching me as I demonstrated.
So they all burst out laughing and granpa's Sipho's eyes danced with joy.
And he said;
"How I wish Jim could rise from the dead and see what I'm seeing right now!"
Everyone was ecstatic! I loved it!
What a gift of love and special attention! The eternal gift of Presence.
Granpa Sipho said I was his special friend. I once called him when I was overseas and he couldn't believe how awesome God was to him, that at his age he would be called by his best friend's granddaughter from abroad. After I spoke to him he immediately went to my grandfather's house to tell my aunt Rose what God has done for him. He spoke about that incident until the day he passed on. Whenever I was around, I would usually cook for him and my cousin brother would take the food to his house. That always made him happy. I would also cook for all the grandfathers when they came to our cultural events. They'd all laugh and be so giddy with joy whenever I told them what I was preparing that particular day. They didn't know some of these meals that I cooked, but they loved them dearly. Fun fun fun!
Grandpa Mandela my aunt Rose just reminded me that, my grandpa Jim said you were his friend. Gleee! So she says all of us his grandchildren went to him one day and said,
"Grandpa we saw your friend Grandpa Mandela on tv, when are you going to call him?"
He laughed out loud, and said nothing. He just went to his room and took his afternoon nap."
I think we all wished he could call you cause we were all so crazy about you Grandpa. If my grandpa Jim had your numbers khulu, he would have called you or dictated a letter to be sent to you, Grandpa. He loved letters and he would ask whoever was writing the letter to read it back to him!
Uhhhhhhh he would ask you to change here and there if you made some mistakes until it was as he wanted it to be. You'd see his huge smile when he felt satisfied. The fact that he was illiterate didn't in anyway hinder him from doing all the things he wanted to do. In his old age, grandpa never waited for anyone to take him to the hospital for his medical examination. He would dress himself up so nicely and go to the hospital using public transportation although his children could have driven him there. The nurses loved him to bits and they just couldn't wait for him to go there.
If a visitor came unannounced and there wasn't enough food for the visitor, my grandpa would tell whoever was preparing food to give the visitor his dinner. And his daughters would be forced to cook again. I love that about my granpa. He was a man of Ubuntu.
Grandpa Mandela describes Ubuntu;
"A traveller through a country would stop at a village and he didn't have to ask for food or for water. Once he stops, the people give him food and attend him. That is one aspect of Ubuntu, but it will have various aspects. Ubuntu does not mean that people should not enrich themselves. The question therefore is: Are you going to do so in order to enable the community around you to be able to improve?"
May the grace of God be with us forever more.