Finding Joy in Compassion

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As Jake and I are moving into a new year and approaching the February 15th anniversary date of finding out he had lymphoma, I cannot help but go through different emotions about that time of year and what it meant for me personally, as his wife and as a caretaker to him. 

A friend of mine recently shared this devotion with me and told me that it reminded her of my blog, but that she had never thought about Joy in this way. And neither had I. 

Solidarity in Weakness

Joy is hidden in compassion. The word compassion literally means “to suffer with.” It seems quite unlikely that suffering with another person would bring joy. Yet being with a person in pain, offering simple presence to someone in despair, sharing with a friend times of confusion and uncertainty … such experiences can bring us deep joy. Not happiness, not excitement, not great satisfaction, but the quiet joy of being there for someone else and living in deep solidarity with our brothers and sisters in this human family. Often this is a solidarity in weakness, in brokenness, in woundedness, but it leads us to the center of joy, which is sharing our humanity with others.

Source: Henri Nouwen Society 

Words taken right out of my heart to express what I felt during the most roughest, soul-aching moments of Jake’s sickness and my time spent with him. 

I could not have expressed this any better. Thank you for sharing Beth. 

My husband has been diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma

On February 15th, Jake and I found out that he has been diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma. This diagnosis comes after several months of doctor visits and more tests than I care to count.

My husband has written a detailed account of our journey since his symptoms began. Please visit his website at JakeBouma.com to read what got us to this point and more about Hodgkin lymphoma.

With this news, both Jake and I will be blogging and documenting our journey through his chemo and radiation treatments.

Both Jake and I have been blessed with the amazing love and support of our close family and friends through the journey thus far and for their continued support.

If you’re the praying type, we will covet your prayers in the coming days, weeks, and months. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

This will be a learning process for both Jake and I.  All questions, comments, related information, etc. are welcomed.