i'm saddened by the death of Philip Seymour Hoffman. not because i liked him as an actor or because i'm going to miss seeing him in the movies. honestly, i didn't remember who he was until i saw his picture. but still i am disturbed by his passing.
Philip was 46 years of age and "busy as ever and secure in his standing as one of the world's greatest actors...Fearless in his choices, encyclopedic in his preparation, he was a Shakespearean performer in modern dress, bringing depth and variety" to his characters as described in a KVUE news article. he is adored and beloved by family and friends. he is loved and cherished by his Savior.
grievously, his battle was on the inside. he struggled with addiction. he often spoke candidly about it. and after being sober for 23 years, he began using again - this time at the cost of his own life.
that is the hardest part for me. he didn't have to die. not at his own hands. he didn't have to die. it didn't have to end. his life didn't have to end. it didn't. it just didn't.
he was snatched from this world. he was left searching for more.
if you are struggling, no matter how much or for what reasons, or wondering if this life has more to offer you, i beg you from the depths of my heart, don't be left searching for more. seek God. seek Him for the answers to your questions. seek Him to fill the emptiness, to wipe away guilt and shame, to give you rest, to bring you joy, to give you strength, to show you real love.
"I am the bread of life; he who comes to Me will not hunger and he who believes in Me will never thirst." John 6:35
there is hope. you are not alone. you are loved and cherished by God. His strength and power are enough. you are special to Him. not because of what you do or have done but because of what God has done for you. His gift of love is true. His gift of love is free, unconditional, never ending. and you can never be snatched out of His hand.
"My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father's hand." John 10:29