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.