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THURSDAY, DEC. 5, 2013, 7:01 P.M.

Nelson Mandela ~ Prophet, Politician, Peacemaker

FILE - In this May 10, 1994 file photo, Nelson Mandela takes the oath of office in Pretoria, South Africa, to become the country's first black president. South Africa's president says, Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013, that Mandela has died. He was 95. (David Brauchli / Associated Press)
FILE - In this May 10, 1994 file photo, Nelson Mandela takes the oath of office in Pretoria, South Africa, to become the country's first black president. South Africa's president says, Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013, that Mandela has died. He was 95. (David Brauchli / Associated Press)

Nelson Mandela has died. His rich and dramatic life, from prisoner to president, seems as though it could have been lived by many people, seems impossible that one man lived, survived and transformed a nation as well as transformed hearts. One remarkable man did; an object lesson for each of us.

He spent 10,052 days in an 8 x 8 prison cell. He emerged with a forgiving heart, saying that if one hates his captors after prison, they still have him imprisoned.

The world remembers his legacy. May we live his life's lessons into our future as our best memorial to him.

(S-R archive photo: In this May 10, 1994 file photo, Nelson Mandela takes the oath of office in Pretoria, South Africa, to become the country's first black president. )




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