Here is a picture from about a million years ago of me with Archbishop Desmond Tutu leading a church school class. He was instructing them to stand up, reach for the heavens, and sway like trees blowing gently in the wind. “You look like a rainbow,” he said with glee and mirth. “Always remember, we are the rainbow people of God. It takes every color to make a rainbow.”

The Arch died this past week. He never lost faith that God would hear the cries of the suffering, that nonviolence was the most powerful force in the world for the oppressed, and that his own humanity was dependent on being reconciled with one who counted him as an enemy. “Do you think Jesus was kidding around when he said, ‘Love your enemies’ and ‘Love your neighbor?’ They are usually the same people!”

“I have learned that life is too short to be filled with so much hatred,” he said to me in 1997, my last long visit with him. He was undergoing treatment for prostate cancer in the States. “I don't think we realize how much time we waste on hate until we can't get the time back."

Amen. May he rest in peace and rise in glory.

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