"Our Joy is Their Sorrow"


One crazy event that has occurred recently is the misidentification of two young women involved in the fatal Taylor University van crash back on April 26th. In that accident, 5 people died, and several more were injured. It turns out that one of the injured (Whitney Cerak) and one of the dead (Laura VanRyn) looked alike, and yes, those at the scene of the accident misidentified these two women. So Whitney has been in a coma for five weeks, being tended by the wrong family (who thought she was their daughter Laura). Meanwhile, the Ceraks and 1400 other people held a funeral for Whitney when it was really Laura VanRyn in the casket and Whitney was actually alive the whole time in a hospital in Fort Wayne, IN.

Someone in the Cerak family said something profound. When they heard that their daughter was alive and that it was someone else’s daughter who was really buried, they said something along the lines of, “This is tough, because our joy is someone else’s pain.”

Check out the Taylor Website for all the updates and a link to the blog that is following this confusing tale (www.taylor.edu).

On another note, It looks like I’ll be a street performer for the Kentucky Renaissance Faire this weekend. It’s in Eminence, KY and it will be my first time at one of these things – it should be fun. Apparently many people get REALLY into these faires. My friends Justin and Erica (soon to be Ball) are getting married tomorrow night in Bardstown, which is not too far from Eminence. I’ll let you know how it goes.

-Jesse

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Jesse Joyner travels nationwide performing a comedy juggling act for family and kids events. He is also working towards his PhD in Educational Studies at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (Deerfield, IL). He enjoys playing the piano, bird watching, and old houses. He lives in Richmond, VA with his wife, Sarah, and their daughter, Kezzie.

1 thought on “"Our Joy is Their Sorrow"”

  1. jessethejuggler–

    You probably don’t know me, but I go to your church. I’m glad I ran across your blog, and I will visit/terrorize it often!

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