I remember the freedom of being able to play in the neighborhood streets with my friends.
I remember the first music CD I got as a gift.
I remember that in 1991 the movie “Dancing with Wolves” won an Oscar.
I remember that in 1990, cell phones were launched in Brazil and although they looked like bricks, everyone had one hanging from their waists.
I remember that in 1990 I took the college entrance exam.
I remember that in 1993, Junior, today my dear husband, was my best friend.
I remember that in 1994 Brazil won the world cup and I was on the streets of Ipanema commemorating with my friends.
But there’s one thing I don’t remember…
1994 was the end of the Apartheid.
It hasn’t been too long has it?
As you already know, we were visiting the churches in the country and visited one of our churches located in a poor community here in Windhoek.
At the end of the service, the people didn’t want to leave. They stayed singing and dancing while the ladies came over to shake my hand and hug me with such great affection that it made me emotional, for at that moment I remembered that in a not too distant past, those same ladies were humiliated and treated like garbage by people who thought they were superior due to the color of their skin…
While I was living as a rebellious adolescent and leading a selfish little life, thousands of people living here in Africa were treated like inferior beings.
Can you imagine what that’s like? To be treated worst than an animal and for this to be considered normal?
But forgiveness is a marvelous gift that they know how to give themselves.
They are not bitter and unpleasant, on the contrary, they are loving and affectionate even with those that caused them so much pain...
We must be like that…
“But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust. For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same?
Matthew 5: 44,46