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This week America and the world is mourning the death of actor and comedic genius Robin Williams. The Hollywood icon died on Monday at his California home at the age of 63.

Williams burst onto the scene in the late 1970s, playing an alien on the sitcom “Mork and Mindy.” He would go on to become an Oscar-winning actor that could make us all smile – and cry. President Barack Obama described Williams as “one of a kind” and someone who “ended up touching every element in the human spirit.”

In his personal life, Williams struggled with depression and substance abuse addiction and talked openly about it over the years. Just last month, he announced he was returning to a 12-step treatment program.

“When a person stops an addictive behavior and there are symptoms of traumatic stress, the risk of suicide increases significantly,” Regent University counseling professor Sherry Todd told CBN News

During Robin Williams’ 2001 appearance on Inside the Actors Studio, James Lipton closed the questionnaire portion of the program — as he does with every guest — with the following: “If heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say at the pearly gates?”

Robin Williams delivered an answer that was Robin Williams in a nutshell: quick, funny, and razor-sharp on the surface, with plenty of complexity layered below. He reeled off three punchlines in a matter of seconds, and buried an easy-to-overlook nugget of poignancy right in the middle: “It would be nice to know that there’s laughter”. I think we can be certain of this.

Williams leaves behind his wife and three children – and something for the fans: four upcoming movies.

Of course, like many, I never knew Robin Williams. I knew of him, and the impact of his life and work. He brought life and laughter to millions. A true inspiration. Here’s my small tribute to a great man.

Eternal Hope

Behind the iron maskimage
Of laughter etched in sorrow
Success betrayed by hurt
For today but not tomorrow

Behind the pose of laughter
Defending wounds that bind
Generous beyond belief
A loving spirit in kind

Behind the spotlight
Shadows with their silent wings
Beat their drums
Yet death has lost its sting

For hope is all eternal
The chains that bound your life
In this place of comic rest
A beautiful mind freed from strife

Your presence graced our world
You finished the race you set
Rest in peace and freedom
Of you we won’t forget

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The Rev. David Wilkerson, an influential evangelical minister who wrote a best-selling book, “The Cross and the Switchblade,” about his work with drug-addicted youngsters in Brooklyn, was killed last Wednesday in a car accident in eastern Texas.

Mr. Wilkerson, 79, was best known in New York as the founding pastor of Times Square Church, which opened in 1987 and is widely considered the first modern evangelical church in the neighborhood.

His book, “The Cross and the Switchblade”, and “Run Baby Run” by Nicky Cruz had a profound impact on me when I became a Christian 27 years ago.

It’s hard to put into words a tribute to David Wilkerson because he was so much to so many. 

To me, David was an author of a book.  A book where I encountered Jesus.

Tribute

On your lonely crusade
You were one man with the Lord
Showing love to the gangs
Their world, their small-sword

I read you book
It impacted my life
I have walked both those sides
On the edge of that knife

You performed miracles
All through the years
Through the words of one book
I encountered God there

Now you are with my God
What joy must fill your soul
Thank you for work
May God make you whole

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