An Ancient Prayer for This Week


This past week a good friend stayed with me while husband, Terry, went to a conference. I continue to be weak and weary, but the conversations my friend and I shared were stimulating for my spirit if not for my body! We reminisced about our Celtic Christian Pilgrimage together to Scotland and England four years ago—“thin spaces” like Iona, Edinburgh, the Highlands, the Holy Island of Lindisfarne, Durham Cathedral. What great memories that will live in our hearts forever!

There is another group leaving on this coming Friday for a similar pilgrimage and my friend is going with them. I am surely with them in spirit! In body, I’ll be getting another chemo treatment. While the chemo does its thing, I’ll be rereading Philip Newell’s book, Listening for the Heartbeat of God: a Celtic Spirituality, to refresh my spirit and be in communion with the folks who are headed to the UK!

I will carry this prayer with me to the Cancer Center, too. While pondering on “pilgrimage” and not knowing for another month whether the chemo is helping or not, I am particularly struck by the bolded words in this prayer—“God’s way to lie before me…” I hope it will be your prayer in the coming days as well:


I arise today

Through a mighty strength:

God’s power to guide me,

God’s might to uphold me,

God’s eyes to watch over me;

God’s ear to hear me,

God’s word to give me speech,

God’s hand to guard me,

God’s way to lie before me,

God’s shield to shelter me,

God’s host to secure me.


Brigid of Kildare (451 AD—523 AD)


You make known to me the path of life;

you will fill me with joy in your presence.

Psalm 16: 11


  1. Pat Churchman
    Apr 30, 2016

    I don’t understand why your message is posted three hours before the actual time! I truly appreciated your message, and bought Philip Newell’s book at your recommendation, I think. Really liked it. We heard him speak at EMS. You are ever in my prayers for healing. They seem so near to a cure, and I guess that’s happened in certain types, but you, as you’ve mentioned, are a unique case. We all know you’re a unique individual! Love you!

    Apr 30, 2016

    Donna, thank you for sharing your thoughts and prayers. They are helpful to me and helpful in knowing how to pray. Warm hugs for the journey.

  3. Camilla Cabaniss
    Apr 30, 2016

    God will take care of us all! Love you bunches!

  4. Mary Lou McMillin
    Apr 30, 2016

    Love knowing that you are pilgrim ing with us… Across the miles & in a very different way but still ‘connected’ in heart & spirit.
    I love you!

  5. Beverly Silver
    Apr 30, 2016

    I am so glad you and MLM had time together! My prayers are with you for the coming week and the ordeals of the coming chemo. Love, Beverly

  6. Tamara L. Larson
    May 1, 2016

    God Bless you, know you have had some great fellowship and talks with your visitors while Terry away. I visit with you daily in my prayers. Love ya!

  7. Mary Himelright
    May 1, 2016

    So appreciate your updates and the encouragement you share along this journey. Perpetual prayers for you and tons of love to Opequon South.

  8. Sheryl Shenk
    May 1, 2016

    Donna, I am carrying your pilgrim spirit with me across the waters to mark the thin places we encounter along the way. Your presence will become known as I lead this group of 24 and our prayers will enfold you, dear friend! Thanks for the send off pilgrim gift via Mary Lou!!! It’s treasured!

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