Frankly Speaking ...
- Robert M. Franklin (Posted from Johannesburg, South Africa)
Yesterday's gloom over news that Mandela was declining abated somewhat as Winnie Mandela publicly observed that she has seen a great improvement since yesterday although he remains very ill. The Obama family has arrived lifting spirits. As President Obama flew from Pretoria to Johannesburg, we passed his air convoy (5 helicopters) and arrived at the Mediclinic Heart Hospital where a great throng has gathered to serenade and pray for the conscience of the country.
Many people and international media have camped outside this hospital for three weeks. Their presence reminds us of the global respect and love he has earned. Some have been annoyed with the 'death watch' countdown quality of some of the spectating. But, the amazing spirit of this man who endured Robben Island prison for over 18 years continues to move in his own time. God allows us to hit the "pause" button sometimes.
There is great excitement in the air. As the sun sets on Johannesburg (6 hours ahead of Eastern Time), we should reflect that if we are fortunate, the sun will set slowly in our lives also. It may even seen to pause. The old hymn says, "Time is filled with swift transitions..." but some transitions unfold in slow motion. It is happening inside and outside a hospital but it is no longer a sterile, clinical process This is an African way of living and dying, in harmony with nature, time, family, village and God.
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Name of sender: Vicki Crawford - Greetings, Robert-- Thank you for sharing these breathtaking photos and for keeping us posted. I really like the blog.