Robin Williams’ abrupt death leaves a massive hole where a giant of an entertainer once stood. And even more poignantly, it reminds us that we aren’t as strong as we like to make people think. All suicides reveal the brokenness that seethes beneath each of our smiles threatening to gush forth in revealing and damaging ways. So why do some succumb and the rest of us keep surviving?
My friend and licensed therapist, Branden, puts it this way…
Spending some time alone and quiet this morning the dawn began to break. Light was shed on my grief, giving it form and helping me recognize its substance. In a sort of ‘A-Ha’ moment it made sense. The reason Mr. Williams suicide struck me so acutely was simply this, ‘There but for the grace of God go I.’
Branden probes even deeper…
Honestly, this scares the hell out of me. The real reality is that I am completely powerless in this life to change myself or those things around me, yet I’m completely responsible to do so. This dilemma then leads me to need a power outside of myself to do for me what I cannot do. As I understand this power to be God, I am now completely dependent on God to give me what I need, even when I don’t see my need for it, and if he doesn’t, well then…I’m toast. I need someone I don’t really trust to consistently take care of me, whether I want it or not. The craziest thing is that He does. I cannot comprehend this mystery.
We aren’t stronger than Robin Williams. We don’t have it more “together” than he did. The truth is that “There, but for the grace of God, go I.” Only God’s power, a power outside of ourselves and completely matchless, can keep us from the abyss of our own souls. And only God’s grace, His effusive love for His creation, compels Him to do so. Thanks be to God.
Read the rest of Branden’s post here.
What are your reactions to Robin Williams’ death?