I have wondered about the death of Robin Williams the past few days.
Dead. As Christians, we hope in resurrection, yet that doesn’t mean we can despise pain and death. Depression saddens me. Suicide breaks me open inside. I wonder how we as the Church ~ the Body of Christ in this world ~ can offer presence to those within the bonds of depression. Christians and non-Christians alike struggle with depression. Yet a foundational aspect of God’s love is that no one should have to feel alone alone. I wonder how to live this out in better ways.
Poets. Painters. Musicians. Clowns. All of them – Artists. They help us to see things obscured in everyday life. Their lives and their work can point to beauty, name truth and shine light in ways that inspire, encourage, and liberate people.
Society. In the world so many people struggle to have significance – to belong – to feel wanted and love and not alone. Society doesn’t always offer healthy spaces or ways for this to happen. Society can provide spaces for gathered individuals, which can still leave people feeling alone amidst the crowd. The Church can provide an example of the possibility of a gathered community. I acknowledge that the Church doesn’t always do this well, yet I wonder what it would look like for our world to offer spaces in which every person experiences significance simply because they are.
A friend wrote this prayer for Robin Williams, and it is really this that I wanted to share today.
“Sorry you couldn’t make it, Robin. Sorry the light that shone so brightly through you for the rest of us couldn’t reach where it was needed most.
May the God who saw you in the dark now greet you in the light.”