Such a loss

 

 

 

 

You would have to be buried deep somewhere last night not to have heard of  the tragic death of Robin Williams.

 

I am still in shock over the awful news.

 

Robin Williams was one of those men that made you believe you knew him.

 

From Mork and Mindy to Good Will Hunting his presence filled the screen.

 

Dead Poets Society was one of those films that changed my thinking.

 

It gave me the courage to challenge, to wonder.

 

That was Robin’s Williams gift to the world, one of wonder.

 

We have laughed so hard at his comedy moments and felt so deep with his straight roles.

 

The man was true talent.

 

 

There are many stories floating around  regarding the reasons for his death, many stating his depression.

 

This saddens me deeply.

 

Yet it is not surprising.

 

Its is true that many from the acting profession find themselves experiencing the lows after the highs.

 

They also find themselves not able to ask for help due to the extreme scrutiny on their lives.

 

I don’t want to speculate, I don’t know the truth of what was happening in Robin Williams mind.

 

What I do know is that mental illness is something that needs to be brought out of the shadows.

 

It is not something anyone should be made to feel shame for.

 

You can not be blamed for having a mental illness as much as you cannot be blamed for having cancer.

 

Yet it still lurks in the darkness.

 

It is time to stop the stigma and discrimination.

 

One in four people in Britain suffer from mental health problems.

 

ONE IN FOUR.

 

This is a frightening statistic and something needs to be done.

 

We need more funding into services and support but we also need more awareness raised to remove the stigma that is attached to mental illness.

 

My heart goes out to Robin William’s family .

 

I can only imagine the pain they are in right now.

 

But I want to raise awareness today.

 

If only to reach one person who is suffering right now.

 

I want them to know they don’t have to be ashamed.

 

They don’t have to hide.

 

Please contact someone to support you.

 

Get help.

 

 

Lets us raise our voices in memory of Robin Williams and all those that have fought a battle against mental illness.

 

Lets be united in ending the discrimination.

 

In the words of the late man himself

 

 

“No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world.”

 

Robin Williams
 

 

Lets start the change today.

 

 

Rest in peace Robin.

 

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True Wonder

Last night I attended a show organised by the awesome pastor from our church at the Think Tank planetarium. The show was to explain to us the wonders of the universe, the stars, the galaxy’s and so much more.

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It has been known that I don’t really have a scientific bone in my body, I’m sure that’s not true but I do tend to glaze over very quick when someone starts using technical terminology. It’s strange as a young child I used to love biology and at times chemistry but physics, well let’s not go there.

Anyway back to yesterday the planetarium show was amazing, I was surprised by the amount of stars that fill the universe and how much more I actually didn’t know about, shepherd moons, stars bigger than the sun and so so much more.

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One of the reasons I moved away from learning about science when I was in college was the fact that I believe in an awesome God and a few tutors I have had along the way have been atheists and while I respect anyone’s opinion and always will, I struggled to listen to their version of the truth while in a learning environment.

So to hear about the stars and the wonder of the universe explained by our incredibly intelligent pastor was as they say a breathe of fresh air.

But what I really took home with me from the evening was simply WONDER.

The wonder of God’s creation.

Evan spoke of scientists who have learnt about matter and energy but cannot yet recreate it.

Have learn of the beauty of the human body, the genetic makeup of each organ and cells yet cannot breathe life into existence.

A blade of grass so simple and so perfect, we can know it, we can understand it, yet we cannot create it.

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This is where I find the wonder of the universe in the unknown.

When there are no answers we find the answer.

“By the word of the Lord the heavens were made,

and by the breath of his mouth all their host. (Psalm 33:6 ESV)”

God is the only answer we need.

All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. (John 1:3 ESV)

It is here I find my wonder.

Yes I find beauty in the nights sky

The innocent in the birth of a new baby

The world is full of beauty!

It can be found in love and laughter,

It can be found in people and friendships.

Yes the universe is full of wondrous things.

Yet for me my wonder, my awe is in my God.

My Saviour

My friend.