In life we all will experience some form of a break down, no matter how we try to handle things or keep the ship from sinking, we all will come to a point in our lives when we face the unraveling of our nerves and the temporary loss of will power to move forward. Recently the world was shocked to hear about the passing of comedic geniuses Robin Williams who took his own life due to depression. While he made millions of people cry from laughter, he however suffered from a mental darkness that hovered over his life and held him hostage, so much so that he couldn’t find the funny in his own pain.
Prior to his passing a young man set for college was ruthlessly gunned down in the streets of St. Louis by the city police, here we are at the evening of life’s hopes and dreams and another young black man preparing himself for the world has his dreams, hopes, aspirations and his life snuffed out by the very people whose job it is to protect and serve. It seems foolish that the media and might I say a few crafty social networking individuals thought it to be okay that we compare the two to each other. The reality here is that two people that should be alive today are dead. One took his own life because of depression and the other his life was senselessly taken if for no other reason but that he was black.
It seems trivial to say but life doesn’t always play fair. These are supposed to be the best times of our lives; a time where we should see the perspicacity of our generation. This should be the time when our world knows peace and prosperity but yet all we see is violence and bloodshed, and the disfiguring of faith as gloom and doom flirts with each other like June bugs in the summer sun. Hope for many people has seem to be abandoned, and if not abandoned then it has been exchanged for something that doesn’t even hold its weight in gold.
If I knew Robin Williams I would have spoken to his faith, I would have encouraged him to hold on because God makes all things new, I would have told him “I’m the preacher and I too suffer from a dark day every now and then, but it is at my weakest moment that I sum up all my strength and power and I fight to live, and I live to fight another day.”
If I knew Michael Brown I would have encouraged him to change paths, walk a different route, pray for protection while obeying the wishes of the officer and live to fight the injustice another day. If I knew him I would have shielded him from the bullets so that he could have had his fair share of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
Make no mistake about it God is aware of what is happening around us, God is not only aware but God is truly concerned about the welfare of humanity. None of us have the answers to all life’s problems therefore we must resign ourselves to believe that the Lord knows and understands. Just the other day I was having a dark day, struggling to see the light at the end of my own tunnel, just when I felt like giving up the words of the song came to my remembrance: “Many things about tomorrow I don’t seem to understand but I know who holds tomorrow and I know who holds my hand.”
For the families of both Robin Williams and Michael Brown you have my sincere prayers as well as the prayers of Wayman AME Church. To the millions of people who struggle with issues known or unknown to the world, to you I say: “never lose your hope, never stop believing, and hold onto your faith, because what should be shall be, and all is well.” Amen.
The Reverend Brandon A. A. J. Davis, BA., M.Div.
**This Article was published in the Wheeling Intelligencer Newspaper August 13, 2014