I hate to see anyone suffer. I’m sure you feel the same way too. No matter who the person is that is suffering, the humanity in all of us is empathetic to what a fellow human is going through.

So it is not with joy that I see where Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has been struck yet again with cancer, this time a malignant pancreatic tumor for which she has been given radiation treatments.

It can’t be pleasant. My mother went through that in an effort to eradicate the small cell cancer that had invaded her lungs.  She beat it back with radiation and chemo and lived another 10 years before it returned with a vengeance. Though she tried another round of chemo, she just couldn’t tolerate it and told us, her children, that at her age of 84, she saw no reason to put herself through the ordeal. “Why?” she asked. “My future is behind me. I’m prepared to go and be with my loved ones who have gone before me.”  A woman of great faith, my mother believed her future was in heaven where Jesus had made a place for her.

And so that’s what I think of when I see Justice Ginsburg’s struggle against the attacks on her body. She’s come through three cancers, but at age 84, the same age as my mother was, she has to be thinking at some point, “What’s the use?  To what purpose? My future is behind me.”

Though I don’t agree with Ginsburg’s view of the law, the Constitution and her very liberal philosophy, I wish her well, and pray her suffering is brief. Even with the best medical care she is being given, there’s only so much that can be done. My mother knew that and accepted it with grace, equanimity, and faith that where she was going next, she’d be received with God’s open arms.

I only hope Ruth Bader Ginsburg has that same peace that surpasses all understanding.

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