When Hope Fades

Just days ago we learned that actor comedian Robins Williams, passed away, apparently by his own hand. We would have never guessed the life of such a successful, gifted talent would end this way.  It’s a shocking thing to hear.

We don’t always know what kind of pain people are dealing with, and for how long, that leads to a state of hopelessness and clinical depression… and a  false conclusion there is no other way out of their pain.

Listen, if that’s you right now… just know things can change. Things can get better. Despite any circumstances, God already knows and He’s willing to bring you through this into a place of light. There are many more chapters yet to be written in your life. I can’t make the past go away, but just know hope is waiting for you.

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  1. Marie posted on 08/20/2014 05:36 PM
    Yes, I heard of Robin's death and yes, was totally surprised and sad to hear this about him. Never did I think someone like him, a funny, famous actor/comedian would do this or go through this. Only he knows what he was dealing with and for how long. I do believe depression and the pressures of life are so hard, I've been here and I Pray to God everyday for myself, kids, family and others out there dealing with life or depression. I pray that now he's now in a better and happy place, just like he used to make us laugh too. May God Bless his family and friends.
  2. Ellie posted on 08/20/2014 10:14 PM
    My great Nephew also took his life the same day. He did two tours in Iraq with the Marines. He had struggled ever since with Depression and had previous attempts before. It seems the VA could not get him the help he needed. I only saw him once this year but gave him a hug and told him I loved him and was praying for him. I wish I could have done more. Tomorrow we lay his remains to rest and gather together as a family to share our love and this sad time.
    1. VictoriaE posted on 08/22/2014 12:02 AM
      @Ellie I'm so very sorry for your loss!
  3. PamD_2 posted on 08/21/2014 04:10 PM
    I have personally attempted suicide three times, and God would not let me die. Now I am grateful, but at the time was extremely angry. I completely understand and know where Robin Williams head was at when he left this world. My son also took his life and was the same way two years ago. So forgive me if I sound a bit harsh. Most people see me as positive, funny and a Godly woman, however, I have always struggled with depression. Growing up in a pastors home and the stresses that come with that, not to mention the time period and the legalism of the church we were always on display and expected to grin and bear it. I have loved making others laugh and caring for others troubles and feelings. Yet when I have needed someone (in the past) there was never an ear to hear (except God). The same type of folks seriously need emotional support. I guarantee that those that are always making jokes and are great listeners would really appreciate being heard themselves. These people don't wish to trouble others because they know the degree of patience it takes to sit and listen to those that are hurting. What frustrates me is that when you have a problem these people will say things like, I need positive people in my life and refuse to lend an ear. Friendships should be two sided and too many are one sided. With moving constantly it makes it difficult to make the type of friendships that are desperately needed. My guess is that in Robin's case the traveling did not help his situation. My son was always on stage making others laugh and when a parent makes statements of how much your children are worthy, handsome, funny, talented and the many other encouraging things they are they just don't believe that you are being honest. They need it from their peers and those they spend time with. So few in this world are willing to make time for others. I am so sorry to be so negative but I do pray that people will open their eyes to the deeply hurting individuals that mask their pain with laughter and taking care of everyone else but themselves. I will see my son again.
    1. VictoriaE posted on 08/22/2014 12:31 AM
      @PamD_2 I'm very sorry for your loss! I've noticed the same thing, that's why I don't like to bother anyone with me either. I once did and I only found out later, how it only alienated me more. Sadly, I learned it's best to keep it to myself or between me and the professionals. I have one really good friend that has never made me feel that way and I'm very, very grateful for her, Also, I know I have God, so that helps me know I'm never completely alone. I had lost my husband to an accident caused by another driver, and my oldest daughter died in a fire two months later. I still had a family to raise, and then later along came Grandchildren, so I think I stayed pretty busy. But, when things slowed down and I had a medical issue come up, things just went strange. I've never had depression before, so I had always thought it was just a word for sadness. I found out the depression realy is by ending up having it,, along with anxiety from what they call post traumatic syndrome. I had a tough year and a half really bad and I was really scared, along with everyone else. I couldn't get it out of my head that I had no purpose anymore. It was awful!!! Then, I felt better and normal again and thought, yay, I'm glad that's over with and I was so relieved, but no it started up again and I've had it back for probably a year now.;( Feeling better again, but now knowing it's not always such a temporary thing that goes away and never comes back. That's really depressing! Anyways, I had a lot of support the first time, but it's much harder this time because I really feel like I'm someone everyone really doesn't want to be around because who wants to be bothered by someone like me or even get involved with me, when they've seen me have a hard time more than once. I'm obviously not reliable that way. Anyways, I understand where you're coming from. When I was having a really hard time the last time, someone close to me said " why can't you just be happy and have fun?" It really hurt me more than they could know because nobody wanted that more and the world for myself than me. I wanted my own life back where I was involved with my grandchildren and doing fun things with everyone. It was killing me inside! Just this past year, I had someone close to me say, I think there's something else going on here. I was crushed! I don't do drugs, I don't even like to take any kind of headache medicine. Well, anyways, sorry to go on and on, but it is not anything I'd wish on anyone and I wish you all the best on your journey, as I know it's not an easy one.
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