How many of us are sad to learn of Nelson Mandela's death is likely not countable.
all die. Death is part of life. Mandela died at the end of a long and
amazing life. He gave South Africa and the rest of the world the gift
of his life and his service, and we are tremendously enriched by that.
His death in the fullness of time is sad, yes -- but it is not tragic.
His death cannot make us poorer, cannot take away all he has done for
his people and many peoples, cannot take away what he has given us. His
legacy goes on. Who is remembered, lives; may his memory be a
And a goad to work for justice.