Grieving Archbishop Desmond Tutu

God, on this first day of Kwanzaa,
this day of Umoja, Unity,
all your world is unified
in celebrating the life of your child,
Desmond Tutu, looking in wonder
at the gifts he gave to all of us.

We hear him, held in your arms,
just as Simeon held Emmanuel in his
and as Desmond held
his beloved South Africa and the world,
“Now, you are dismissing your servant in peace.”

He was a reflection of your holy light,
and today we are dimmed,
but tomorrow, for him,
we will begin anew our reflection
of your shining. Amen

Desmond tutu, public domain
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11 Responses to Grieving Archbishop Desmond Tutu

  1. Laurie Rowan says:

    What a beautiful tribute to the man who touched the lives of millions with his kind and gentle ways, and his devotion to justice in his nation. We thank God for his life and the changes he, with Nelson Mandela, brought to South Africa!

    • Maren says:

      Surely he was … we sang this morning Angels from the Realms of Glory” with the line “Sages leave your contemplation” He did that for the sake of everyone!

  2. Jessica McArdle says:

    He touched and transformed the lives of millions including our own. Truly he was, “…a reflection of God’s holy light.”

  3. May we be as faithful mirrors as he; may we have his clarity; may we have his delight.

  4. Our world was so much brighter for his presence on this earth.

  5. Tears of gratitude – for the beauty of what you have written and for the inspiration he was and still will be to us all.

    • Maren says:

      A long time ago I was at the General Synod of the denomination which meets every other year and it was in St. Louis and the Mississippi river was flooding. Some of us went out to pile sandbags against the water. the medics walked down the row shooting us with tetanus shots. Desmond Tutu came out and joined us.

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