I would have remained silent except that when members of my writing community last night got together, some of them shared their favorite bits, too. And one of those people agreed with me.
Anyway, a friend of mine posted on her Facebook page an essay by the inimitable Anne Lamott which got to me. Here it is, so you can read it, too.
Like Anne, "I would much prefer that God have a magic wand, and not just a raggedy love army of helpers."
I don't know why that line struck me so hard. Because that's we all wish for, isn't it. But it just doesn't work that way. And so we HAVE TO KEEP ON BEING THAT RAGGEDY LOVE ARMY OF HELPERS!
She also quoted from another blog post written by theologian Fred Buechner: “It is absolutely crucial, therefore, to keep in constant touch with what is going on in your own life’s story and to pay close attention to what is going on in the stories of others’ lives. If God is present anywhere, it is in those stories that God is present. If God is not present in those stories, then they are scarcely worth telling.”
She's not saying, nor am I, that Robin Williams was in any way wrong or weak or whatever. We're just so sad that he's gone, and we feel for him and with his family.
Rest in Peace, Robin Williams, O Captain and Fisher King!