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News this week of the death of actor and comic Robin Williams has brought grief to millions of people around the world.
In his tragic suicide, we saw the worst possible outcome of the severe depression that caused him such deep sorrow.
It reminds us afresh of the seriousness of this disease of the mind, and for the need for us to show kindness and love to those who battle with the black dog of depression.
Likewise, it should prompt those of us with constant feelings of depression to seek help from a GP without delay.
Yet this sad event also helps us remember that the world in which we live remains barraged by the effects of sin.
Even the side-splitting antics of the funniest person on the planet might be masking the hidden tears of a clown.
And so we hunger for Heaven, when God “will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” (Revelation 21:4)
Come Lord Jesus, Come.
This week we heard of how an overseas surrogate mother refused to have an abortion when the parents found out one of her twins was unwell.
Doctors discovered that the child had Down syndrome and serious medical problems.
At birth, the biological parents brought the healthy baby girl to Australia, but they abandoned her unhealthy brother, ‘Gammy’.
Our society is right to feel outrage and compassion at this behaviour.
But sadly, it highlights a double standard.
Many parents choose to abort healthy and unhealthy babies because they feel it’s too inconvenient to raise them.
We feel anger for baby Gammy, but we should also feel outrage for the countless babies killed each year through abortions.
God fearfully and wonderfully made each of us in our mother’s womb (Psalm 139:13-14), so we should show love and protection to the unborn babies who miss out on the legal right to life.
As our society drifts away from trusting in God’s word, we move further away from love and care for the weak and vulnerable.
Yet, we know that God will bring justice when Jesus returns to judge the living and the dead.
And with that justice there is also mercy for each of us, if we seek forgiveness by trusting Jesus and his death for us.