Nelson Mandela was one of my last living heroes. In my mind, he was a modern day Joseph (ruler of Egypt, a patriarch of Israel). Like Joseph, Mandela had a call on his life that was tested and tried by years in prison, after which he was purified and empowered to lead a nation through difficult times. Like Joseph, Mandela could have gotten revenge or at least held a grudge against those responsible for his captivity, but instead practiced forgiveness and forbearance to invite former persecutors into the bigger plan of redeeming a nation.
The world has lost a great man!