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Education for Justice Offers a Prayer for the Life of Nelson Mandela

Education for Justice | Fri, Dec 6, 2013

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A Prayer for the Life of Nelson Mandela 

Patrick Finan, Director Education for Justice Project

The long walk to freedom

Leads where we’d never imagine.

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A Prayer for the Life of Nelson Mandela

— Patrick Finan, Director Education for Justice Project

The long walk to freedom

Leads where we’d never imagine.

Blinding blasts of fate and grace

Forge God’s unlikely stalwarts.


A young man’s peaceful ways

Stumbled as blood ran ruts

Into a path that led not to hope

But to ten thousand days in prison.

 

Breaking rocks in the glaring sun

Stole sight, but sharpened vision

For ways to break down walls

Of solid hate and oppression.

 

Freedom came, yet not truly

Until there was forgiveness.

If not asked, still freely given,

The balm of reconciliation.

 

Revenge was not an option

For a people moving forward.

Debt and AIDS and more foes still

Stretched the trail for an aging man.

 

Lord, welcome your servant Nelson

His journey finally done.

Strengthen our steps with your Spirit

On the long walk to freedom.