Good Friday Reflection

Yesterday, we met with the oncologist  to look at options for dealing with the tumors that were found on my last scans on March 15. It was helpful to see the actual scans and to see what is growing where as we discussed my situation. The only option available is to try chemotherapy one more time. I agreed to start the two drugs the doctor suggested on April 5. I’ll receive treatments every other week for two months. Then scans will be repeated to see if the chemo is helping and we’ll go from there.

I also got a prescription for a stronger pain medicine. The pain in my bones and joints has been some of the worst pain I’ve ever experienced. The oncologist thinks the pain may be an effect of the investigational drug and once that is out of my system, I’ll feel better.

As I chatted with a precious friend today, she shared a familiar passage from Hebrews 12. These verses seem very appropriate on this Good Friday. I’ve highlighted some words and phrases that speak to me:

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses,

let us throw off everything that hinders

and the sin that so easily entangles.

And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us,

fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith.

For the joy set before him he endured the cross,

scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners,

so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.”

  • I am surrounded by an amazing cloud of witnesses who are praying for me and my family—longtime friends, new friends, many congregations, extended family, and folks I don’t even know! The glue that holds me together!! 
  • Perseverance is the name of the game with cancer. Yet, I pray that when the time comes to let go of “perseverance,” I can do so gracefully.
  • Fixing the eyes of my heart on Jesus will keep me walking on the right path.
  • Remembering the suffering that Jesus endured on the cross will keep me from focusing on my own weariness and discouragement. Jesus endured so that I, Donna Rae Bennett Coffman, might thrive!

The Peace of Christ Be With You!


  1. Melissa Henderson
    Mar 25, 2016

    We love you. Sending prayers and hugs.
    Melissa and Alan Henderson

  2. Linda Koogler
    Mar 25, 2016

    Hugs and prayers as you continue your treatments and fight. May you and yours have a blessed Easter. Shalom, Linda

  3. Carol Henry
    Mar 25, 2016

    Donna I do love you so and pray for your pain to
    ease up and thank you for putting yourself through this for those to follow. You are an
    inspiration to so many “even one you don’t know.”
    Pease to you, Terry and your family this
    EASTER week-end.
    God love you, Carol

  4. Amy Compton
    Mar 25, 2016

    Donna, Thanks so much for sharing these verses tonight. Just now I needed to hear them and to be reminded of all the truths therein. I’m happy that I’m a part of your “cloud”! And you’re in my prayers each day.

  5. Carol Morling
    Mar 25, 2016

    My heart and soul ache for you – the fact you are willing to continue therapy is a testimony iof your faith, beyond my comprehension right now. But perhaps each little prayer, thought and plea is heard. So glad you have better meds for pain – it’s a crucial part of your therapy and it doesn’t mean you have to ‘tough it out!” You’ve been doing that for years, my friend. Easter Blessings to you – my back is cooperating and I’m able to walk more every day (well – almost every day) – my right leg was the weakest and feels the need to remind me a lot. Bill sends his prayers and love to you and Terry as well…………….love, Carol

  6. Cathy Lantz
    Mar 25, 2016

    Easter blessings, dear Donna.

  7. Tam Larson
    Mar 26, 2016

    So good to hear from you with your update. Have been praying that a path would become clear for you. I sent you an email earlier today with more conversation with some of our memories. Have a blessed Easter to you and the family. Love ya much!

  8. Megan Limburg
    Mar 26, 2016

    Best Good Friday sermon I’ve heard, Pastor Donna! Many thanks. And many thanks for my birthday greetings on FB. ☺️ Sending love, prayers, and Easter greetings to you and Terry

  9. Sarah Phelps
    Mar 26, 2016

    I so hope that the chemo will give you relief and shrink those tumors. Love you and think of you every day

  10. Harriet Smith
    Mar 26, 2016

    Donna we can only pray that the other drug is the basis for the pain. You are such a warrior. God be present with you, and direct the minds of your medical team to find a help. Sending lots of prayers and hugs.

  11. Mary Lou McMillin
    Mar 26, 2016

    Thank you dear friend! Out of your struggle flows fruitfulness whenever you ‘gift’ the rest of us with such wisdom & insight. Thank you .., thank you!
    I love you!!

  12. Gerrit McDaniel
    Mar 26, 2016

    Prayers continue, especially for pain relief. God’s grace and mercy will prevail

  13. Mary Himelright
    Mar 26, 2016

    Blessings to you for sharing the message on your heart with all of us. May the remnants of the previous trial medication be cleared and the extreme pain it may have brought on you. Much love and Easter blessings to you, Terry and all your family.

  14. Beverly Silver
    Mar 26, 2016

    Donna, I hope and pray that the upcoming chemo treatments will work and work as fast as they can and that the new pain meds will take effect. May you have relief from some of the pain as the trial drugs wear off. May this Easter be special for you and with your family. Thank you for the scripture and YOU! Love, Beverly

  15. Judy Lee
    Mar 26, 2016

    Blessed Easter to you and Terry. You are truly in my thoughts and prayers as you continue your journey. Your are such an inspiration to so many. May this Easter Season be joyous for you and your family. Hugs Hugs Hugs

  16. Marlene Waymack
    Mar 30, 2016

    May God continue to hold you in the palm of his hand. Just as he provides for the sparrows so he will provide for you. Love you, Dear Donna.

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