It’s the holiday season and as often as the Christmas carols remind us to be cheery and bright, it’s often a very challenging time for many people.
This festive season, my thoughts have been drifting to Robin Williams. Even though I wasn’t a super fan, I enjoyed his talented and silly comedy.
But the thing that strikes me so much about his death is that he, of all people, had every resource at his disposal. A family and friends and millions of supporters around the world. All the money anyone could need to get the best medical treatment possible. Still it wasn’t enough.
After his suicide, people close to him confessed that they weren’t surprised. Those in his inner circle knew the demons that his smile hid from the rest of us. Yet they couldn’t help spare his life.
News stories have since divulged he had a degenerative disease slowly overtaking him. As a cancer survivor, I can understand someone wanting to escape a horrific fate. Still, God has assured us he will not forsake us during our trials.
Depression must be fixed from the inside out. But, as friends, family, colleagues, and neighbors, we can offer kind words of support or an outstretched hand to those around us. Jesus calls us to love one another and even simple gestures might make a huge difference for someone we don’t even realize is suffering.