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Even in laughter the heart may ache, and rejoicing may end in grief. Proverbs 14:13

When Robin Williams was found dead of suicide on this day in 2014, people were shocked—both outside and inside the church. The man who made so many laugh and feel through his versatile performances finally succumbed to his struggles, including severe depression and the effects of his past drug addiction and alcoholism. And he hadn’t been ready to share his health problems with the world.

One of the church’s biggest failures is the need we feel to put on a perfect face. We’re afraid we’ll be judged when another believer finds out that we’re struggling or hurting. By ignoring the fundamental truth of the Gospel—that we’re all sinners in need of forgiveness and grace—we make the church feel unsafe.

Remember, Jesus was a man of sorrows, acquainted with grief (Isaiah 53:3). He wept over loss and the pain of sin’s destructive path. He came to set captives free, but He knows none of us will be completely healed until He returns and completes the work He began in us at our salvation (Philippians 1:6).

Jesus is the best friend a depressed person could ever have, and we need to reflect that truth—that light, relief, and peace—both inside and outside the church. When the church is seen as the place of healing it’s meant to be, people will flock to it, seeking the chance to begin to heal. Do your part to leave the doors open.