Father, forgive them…

Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela, former President of South Africa, wrote this personal awesome story.  

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Posted April 20th 2019  Holy Saturday

“After I became President, one day I asked some members of my personal protection to stroll with me into the city and have lunch at one of the restaurants. We sat in the restaurant and all of us ordered food. After a while the waiter brought our requests. I noticed there was some one sitting at a nearby table waiting for food. I told one of the soldiers, ‘Go and ask that person to join us with his food and eat with us.’ The soldier did so. The man brought up his food and sat by my side as I asked and began to eat.  His hands were trembling.  When everyone had finished eating the man left.
    The soldier said to me that the man was evidently quite sick.  His hands trembled so while he ate.
“No, not at all,” I said.  “This man was a guard of the prison where I was jailed. Often, after the torture I was subjected to, I used to scream and ask for a little water.  That very same man used to come and urinate on me instead.  So, I saw him now trembling, expecting me to retaliate, by torturing or imprisoning him. But this is not my character, or my ethics.  The mentality of retaliation destroys states, while the mentality of tolerance builds nations.”