"Justice exalteth a nation: but sin maketh nations miserable."
At heaven's door
We are welcome
We are celebrated
"As crowns of splendor
In the Lord's Hand
Royal diadem in the Hand of God"
We are praised, hailed as
"The Holy People,
The Redeemed of the Lord,
The City No Longer Deserted." Scripture
Here you are!
Its the grand finale
All hopes and dreams fulfilled
Life lived fully
Life lived so well
They bow down in gratitude to God
They honor non stop
A life lived through love
The promised life
Bountiful and Splendid
Victorious and Grandiose with all its ups and downs
A life worth composing songs about
We talk of love
A life lived serving humanity
We talk of love
A life lived through the Grace of God
We talk of harmony
A life driven by peace
In order to avoid wasting time
Chasing meaningless ventures
In order to feel Khulu's words rising ever so gently deep in our spirit,
right at the seat of our soul as he recites his prayer
"When a man has done what he considers to be his duty to his people and his country, he can rest in peace." Khulu Mandela
Granpa you also said;
"I hate race discrimination most intensely and in all its manifestations. I have fought it all during my life; I fight it now, and will do so until the end of my days."
In 1996 (as I have mentioned that young people were not invited to testify before the Truth and Reconciliation Hearings)I fought hard in order for every child who suffered during apartheid to be a part and parcel of this transformation. Last minute bookings were made at my insistence. The head and deputy of the TRC didn't know about these last minute arrangements. I was moved by a power beyond myself. I knew in the depth of my spirit that this was a mission I was called to do.
When we arrived, we were extremely frustrated, accommodation was depressing, eating conditions were unGodly. They put buttered sandwiches in the fridge and an orange. No access to the phone at a time when the poor of the poorest needed to be treated with love, care and tenderness. At a time when they desperately needed to be in touch with their loved ones for support, for strength for prayer. I immediately called around asking for a meeting with the head of the TRC. He sent about five commissioners to our room to listen to our grievances. I didn't know who the head of the TRC was, but I asked to speak him nonetheless. When the commissioners came I went to the kitchen and brought back the bread in order to show them what we were expected to eat? I asked them if they were given the same kind of meal to eat too. (Some were there with their children, the circumstances we faced were completely different.) They looked at each other in disbelief. I said if these conditions were not improved we are going back home without delay and we will not participate. After speaking to different other commissioners who were just not pleased about me speaking out, asked if I was a lawyer( I said I'm 19) ha ha ha, asked me why is mother not the one speaking, who are you and what is your position? I was without fear. Mother was shocked. She didn't know she had given birth to a child who would fight for the rights of her people. This shouldn't have been a shock considering the way I grew up! I eventually spoke to the Deputy Head of the TRC who was not pleased either. I was fighting for the nation who's wounds were bleeding and I couldn't be bothered about being hated for what I was doing. Grandfather Mandela expected no less from me. Two commissioners were extremely happy though that I raised my voiced. They poured out their heart to me. I listened to their grievances and I comforted them. They told me what the Deputy said and it didn't bother me, it wasn't important. Had he said that to me directly I would have responded, I was quite ready to tell him what I told those two commissioners in response to what he had said. What I told him however is that my family will go back home if those conditions are not improved immediately. He turned red in the face. The commissioner who was with us in Cape Town said he was going to give us his hotel room and he will sleep in his car. Of course that's not what we wanted, his gesture of humanity touched me deeply. They payed a different hotel for the people to eat. They opened telephone lines for the people to be intouch with their families. I just couldn't believe how heartless adults could be, even during that hour, at a time when the people were weak, traumatized and vulnerable. The next day I watched grannies with blankets on their shoulders, fathers, mothers, sons and daughters walking down the road to a different hotel in order to eat a nutritious meal before the proceedings of the first hearings began. I cried, I couldn't believe that they were treated like that. They were so excited with the changes and they didn't even know who fought for their rights. I felt so humbled. I couldn't thank God enough for his might and power. He sees all and He prepares in advance. He is the Father who doesn't care for outer appearances, he looks at the heart of men.
After my testimony I was now hailed as the voice for the voiceless. Greatly appreciated by extended family members too who felt that through my testimony they were seen and heard, for the very first time. The Deputy of the TRC rushed to me the next day super happy to see me, telling me that I made headlines in the newspaper of the enemy. That was huge.
"The stone the masons discarded as flawed is now the capstone!
This is God's work.
We rub our eyes---we can hardly believe it!"
Granpa Mandela I know you looking at me with that magical hearty smile right now. The smile that gives me more joy than I ever imagined possible. The smile that transports me to heaven just to be by your side even if its just a moment, so I could kiss you. That magical smile that transports me to the heart and soul of all our loved ones, just to see how they are and I come back to earth again, energized beyond measure, full of zest, power and magnitude beyond my wildest dreams.
"The mission of reconciliation is underpinned by what I have dedicated my life to: uplifting the most downtrodden sections of our population and all round transformation of society.
We need to reconcile our differences through reason, debate and compromise.
Without reconciliation, we will not be able to give our people a better life.
Reconstruction goes hand in hand with reconciliation."
Khulu today we are celebrated around the world because of you, all that you stood for, your sacrifices which came at a huge price. Of course I include your comrades when I speak in this prayerful manner.
Queen Elizabeth blessed us on our Freedom Day. She said;
"On the occasion of the Republic South Africa celebrating 20 years of democracy, it gives me great pleasure to send the people of South Africa my warmest congratulations.
My family and I have enjoyed a special and significant relationship with South Africa over the years. The links between our two countries have deepened and matured since South Africa's transition in 1994, and long may that continue. I send my best wishes for the happiness, security and prosperity of the people of South Africa in the next 20 years and beyond."
May God Bless you Queen. Big hug. I don't know of a single moment in my life when I didn't know you. I've known you all my life, I don't know how.
In a speech to the House of Commons in 1993 Khulu you said,
"Your right to determine your own destiny was used to deny us to determine our own."
In 1996, in your speech to both Houses of Parliament, London, you said;
"This country has produced men and women who's names are well known in South Africa, because they, together with thousands of others of your citizens, stood up to oppose this evil system and helped to bring us where we are today. We return to this honored place with neither pikes nor a desire for revenge nor even a plea to your distinguished selves to assuage our hunger for bread. We come to you as friends."
From the balcony of South Africa House, in Trafalgar Square, you said;
"The UK, as one of the bastions of democracy, has an obligation to ensure that we have all the material needs to entrench democracy in our country.
I love every one of you. You must understand that the people of South Africa are very grateful to you."
Khulu I love love love this.
"I regard the British parliament as the most democratic institution in the world, and the independence and impartiality of its judiciary never fail to arouse my admiration."
Rivonia Treason Trial, 20 April 1964
Today in Burma, President Obama echoed a sentiment from the same school of thought;
"If people think in terms of ethnic identity before national identity, then I think over time the country will start breaking apart and democracy will not work,”
The President also said;
“There are certain provisions in the Burmese constitution that objectively don’t make much sense, I don’t understand a provision that bars somebody from running for president because of who their children are. That doesn’t make much sense to me.”
Granpa on the United States you said;
"We are linked by nature, but proud of each other by choice.
The stand you took established the understanding among the millions of our people that here we have friends, here we have fighters against racism who feel hurt because we are hurt, who seek our success because they too seek the victory of democracy over tyranny."
Address to the Joint Session of the House of Congress of the USA, 1994
In 1997 you said;
"Let us keep our arms locked together so that we form a solid phalanx against racism.
You have felt and recognized that our success advances the very principles on which this country is founded."
Grandpa you're a champion of children's rights. And I know that your deepest desire lies in making sure that no child is left behind. You came to secure, protect and expand the life of every child that is created in the likeness and image of God. I know this to be true. You came for me in my hometown of Cradock. You spoke to me with great love as if I was a princess or even a queen unbeknownst to you that, in that very place, in that very moment I had been despised, rejected and humiliated. But God, ohhh But God, sent his servant who raised me up as a shining light to nations right infront of mockers. Praise be to the living God. And you expect no less from all of us as long as children are murdered. As long as they not safe. But khulu what happens when we run to those you trusted and elected to lead, but we come back emotionally traumatized with nothing but regret in our tender hearts?
Well, all we need do is to remember that;
"Cynicism didn't put a man on the moon. Cynicism has never won a war, or cured a disease, or built a business, or fed a young mind. Cynicism is a choice. And hope will always be a better choice."
We will continue to seek refuge in God. We take comfort in all you demonstrated, your heart, your awesome words, your great deeds, your everlasting love, grandpa.
You say; ￼
“Few things make the life of a parent more rewarding and sweet as successful children."
Who could ever forget Prince Harry dancing with kids in Lesotho? Mhhh you and your brother are God sent. Your shining hearts and great love inspire me. You've been my heroes for as long as I can remember. I just love love love sharing planet earth with you and all of God's children everywhere. May the good Lord be with all of us in our corners of the world.
"Children can smell sincerity. They want to know that somebody was here who loved me, hugged me and played with me." Mrs Obama in South Africa
So how do we make sure that children grow up in healthy homes that enable them to be successful?
"The common denominator in the human experience is that everybody wants approval, or just to be appreciated. My best friend Gayle responds to that need better than anybody I've ever met, seen, heard or read about. Gayle and I have talked on the phone almost every night of our lives since we were 21 and 22---since before she was married, before she had children. But when her kids were old enough to walk into the room, no matter who she was talking to, she would stop, put the phone down and take the time to acknowledge them. I have been able to experience that same attentiveness through our friendship, and I know how validating it is. One of the worst things you can do to a person is make them feel invisible. Gayle's children know they are seen, heard and loved.(May God Bless you and your entire family Gayle. We thank you, because that love reached us in our corners of the world. There can be no greater gift than a selfless soul. You gave us your heart and soul. Some of my favorite moments on the Oprah Winfrey Show were seeing the two of you together. I was so happy to see you and Oprah on tv with so many distinguished guests who came to say Ndlela Ntle to our granpa. I know you like cake:-) red velvet?ha ha ha! Mhhh I remember seeing Steadman too, long before the funeral, in one of the church services. I just can't begin to tell you how strengthening and comforting that was. And the camera kept on showing you as if it knew what I felt. I also remember seeing you on you tube speaking, a long time ago. I was engulfed by a force I can't begin to articulate. Here comes a giant speaking my language. Speaking about Michael Angelo, Dr. Maya Angelo, Dr Martin Luther King! I had to stop watching, my heart was pumping, pumping, huuuuu!!! I couldn't sleep, I was on fire, adrenaline rush was unstoppable. Lord who is he? What is he doing? Mhhh!!! I needed that badly! May God bless you all so much. Many years ago you met one of my neighbors. So so grateful for everything.) This has done great things for their sense of worth. The first time I heard Toni Morrison speak about this idea, on the show, it became clarified in such a way the hairs on my head rose."
Toni Morrison's words;
"Ask yourself, When your child walks into the room, does my face light up? That's what they looking for. When my children were little and they walked into a room, I looked at them to see if they'd zipped up their trousers or if their hair was combed. As a parent, you think your affection and your deep love is on display because you're caring for them. But they can't see it, if you looking at them in a critical way. So let your face speak what's in your heart."
Deepak Chopra says the Seven Spiritual Laws has to be different when spoken to a child, less abstract.
Everything is possible.
If you want something, give it.
When you make a choice, you change the future.
Don't say no- go with the flow.
Every time you wish or want, you plant a seed.
Enjoy the journey.
You are here for a reason.
President Obama you say;
"I'm inspired by the people I meet in my travels---hearing their stories, seeing the hardships they overcome, their fundamental optimism and decency. I'm inspired by the love people have for their children. And I'm inspired by my own children, how full they make my heart. They make me want to work to make the world a little bit better, and they make me want to be a better man."
"For I, the Lord, love justice;
I hate robbery and iniquity.
In my faithfulness I will reward them and make an everlasting covenant with them." Isaiah
May the good God light up our hearts and lift us up sky high every time others think they can push us to the ground.
Exalted Mighty God, we lift you up in prayer. We remember the great victories our ancestors won through you and we know that we are safe with you on our side, always, always, always and for evermore.
Much love, thanks and blessings forever more.