Keeper of His Home

by Chelsea McCafferty

Robin Williams and a Broken-Hearted World

on August 11, 2014

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In my lifetime, there have been very few celebrities whose passing from this life have hit me as hard as the loss of Robin Williams. Today the social media outlets are flooded with the sad, tragic news of his death and it is very clear that the world is heartbroken. Me too.

There are reasons we feel his loss so deeply. So many of us have grown up watching the creative and complex characters he has brought to life for us. He has made everything from comedy to drama to suspense thrillers. He has made us laugh and cry and laugh through our tears. He has made us dream big and care deeply. Both he, and his many characters, will live on forever in our hearts and our memories.

There are a few thoughts that have been floating around in my head and tugging at my heart since the news broke of Robin William’s passing. His death has reminded me that money can’t buy happiness or peace. There are hurts and depression that are not soothed by material things. Depression is just terrible, and it is no respecter of persons. When we look at the life of Robin Williams, at the joy and laughter and entertainment he brought to us all, it is hard for us to comprehend how much pain he must have been experiencing. I think we are all so sad, on some level, because we wished the love of his fans and friends had been enough, but it wasn’t.

As I continue to ponder these sad events, and the hurting of mankind, I am reminded of some very relevant scriptures that I find give us hope and healing. Praying that anyone who is suffering, mourning, hurting or depressed will read these words and find hope and comfort. Jesus loves us, whether or not we always feel that way, and in Him there is a hope we can’t find anywhere else.

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.” 2 Corinthians 1:3-4

“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”” Matthew 11:28-30

“Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.” Psalm 23:4

“Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. ” Isaiah 41:10

“Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my salvation and my God.” Psalm 43:5

“Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us. ” Romans 5:1-5

 

*** If you are suffering from depression and deep hurt, please talk to someone. Talk to someone you can trust. Don’t suffer alone. Jesus said He is near the brokenhearted. He has hope to give you and wants to minister to your heart. He wants His people to serve you and love you and help you. Seek out people who love Jesus and ask for help. I say this because I know that pain. I’ve been there. I’ve been diagnosed and medicated. I had friends to help me. Now, in Christ, I have found healing. Though we will always go through trials and hurts and battles with depression, there is hope in Jesus Christ. I pray that you would run to Him and fall into His open arms. He’s waiting to help you.

If you need someone to talk to, please contact me. If I’m too far away to help you, I’ll find someone who can. Just don’t suffer alone, and please don’t give up. I care about you and Jesus loves you more than you can imagine. He has a way out. Praying for you.

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4 responses to “Robin Williams and a Broken-Hearted World

  1. Julie Delk says:

    That was Very well stated, I will Deffinantly share this post! we Do all go through depression at times in our life…those are scpitures to cling too. ♡ No one but the Father knows how deeply we are afflicted…may Robins soul R.I.P.

  2. Taking the Epistle says:

    Well written Chels, awesome piece

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