Dear Robin

Dear Robin,

Since yesterday, there have been many different reactions to the news of your passing. Sadly, the opinions and insensitive comments about your cause of death have overshadowed what should be a time of honoring you & your unique imprint that you left on this world.

Right now, our world is in upheavel. We can’t go a day without hearing some disturbing or frightening news. Your death sent many into a tailspin of sadness, which is probably the last thing that you want anyone to feel since you suffered with that yourself.

Can I be forthright? For a moment, I felt guilty about possibly focusing too much on a “celebrity” death. With the genocide in Iraq occuring, I didn’t want to shift my attention from what I was deeming a bigger issue. I forgot for a moment that we are all human, celebrity or not. This is a tragedy, Hollywood or not.

The Holy Spirit reminded of something that He taught me not too long ago. When we lost Paul Walker so tragically, I was very affected by it. So young, and such a horrific He brought a phrase to my heart:

“For Whom the Bell Tolls”

It is an expression from a sermon by John Donne. ‘Donne says that because we are all part of mankind, any person’s death is a loss to all of us’: “Any man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind; and therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.”

This statement rings truer than ever before. It’s ok for us mourn someone that we didn’t know personally. It’s ok for us to honor someone who touched our lives and taught us to laugh. It doesn’t mean that we care less about other happenings in the world. Rather, we are allowing ourselves remain compassionate towards all loss…all pain…and not pick and choose when we care.

Robin, we already miss you. May your spirit rest in peace.

#RobinWilliams

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