An Advent Prayer for Healing

It seems as though we have been passing through a wilderness the past few weeks! We became disoriented as we tackled stretches of desert sand that had no clear paths to guide us. We enjoyed the refreshments and joys provided by an oasis of peace and rest along the way. I’ve wondered if Mary and Joseph may have felt this way as they carried the Infant Jesus to safety in Egypt.

An Unclear Path: The scary time that Terry was so sick with the gallbladder episode.

An Oasis of Joy: Terry has recovered wonderfully well. Yesterday, his surgeon pronounced him as discharged with no restrictions! Thankfully, naps in the recliner are not restricted! We are quite a pair! Both of us require several rest periods/naps each day so now we do the “Slow Shuffle” together! (Terry never liked to dance! He liked to be behind the scenes with the cables and cords of the DJ.) Finally, after over 50 years we can dance together! Shuffle, rest, shuffle, rest!

An Unclear Path: I am now on oxygen most of the time to help with shortness of breath. My nurse has also been measuring the tumor on my neck—6cm X 9cm last week. This week it is 6cm X 11cm. No pain in the neck, thank goodness! I do continue have pain related to pressure on my spinal cord that affects my left arm and hand. It is manageable most days.

An Oasis of Joy and the Best Gift Ever!! Over the weekend all three of my brothers were able to visit. On Saturday, Kevin and his wife, Rhonda, came from Benson NC for the afternoon and brought us dinner. On Sunday, Mark and his wife, Nancy, came from Richmond VA for the afternoon bearing the gift of lunch. On Monday, Greg came from Flat Rock NC for the afternoon and brought dinner. (His wife, Barbara, had to work. But she sent her yummy cranberry nut loaf!) What fun we had! Laughter rang from the rafters! I don’t remember a time when I had several hours of one-on-one time with each of “The Boys” as Mom called them! My heart is still all tingly and warm!

An Unclear Path: The past few days we have heard from several friends who are dealing with serious illnesses. Our prayer list grows daily! With my foggy brain, I need help remembering who, what, when, where, and why! So I have placed a bowl on the kitchen counter with the names of those we know and love who need prayers for healing. As we go by the bowl, we can pick out a name and pray for that person/situation and put the name back in the bowl for another time. (Revelation 5:8.)

A Spectacular Oasis of Joy: We celebrate the coming of the “WORD” made flesh! We celebrate that Jesus came to bring us abundant life (John 10:10) and heal the sick (Matthew 9:21, 22.)


An Advent Prayer for Healing

Most Gracious God, in the midst of this Holy time, grant your healing grace

to all who are sick, injured or trapped by substance abuse,

that they may be made whole.

Comfort our sisters and brothers in pain.

Give to all who seek your guidance,

and to all who are lonely, anxious, depressed or despondent,

a knowledge of your love and an awareness of your healing presence.

Open wide the doors of our hearts to welcome the healing strength of your Spirit.

You, O God, are the wellspring of life.

Bind our hearts to one another in love.

In the light of your love we can see the light

that guided the shepherds to the Baby in the manger.

Hear us, O God of life and love.

Make us your own in every respect.

Heal us and make us whole.

In the name of your son, Jesus, we pray. Amen

“Let’s approach Christmas with an expectant hush, rather than a last-minute rush.”


Love, Donna (and Terry, too!)





  1. Mary Himelright
    Dec 22, 2017

    So grateful for you and your wisdom and wit. Happy Terry is better, and I can visualize you doing that slow dance together! Much love and perpetual prayer for you and all your family. And I love your quote as always. Christmas blessings to you both.

  2. Tam Larson
    Dec 22, 2017

    Our love to both you and Terry. I’ll let the WOW ladies know of this update and very precious message at this Advent time. So glad the ‘boys’ made their visits, know your Mother is smiling down on that good adventure filled weekend. Our Garrett has been accepted to Drexel University’s Photography and Digital design program. It was he first choice. Can hardly believe he will graduate high school this June, he was in 2nd grade when we moved here! Time flies, and can yo believe we’ve known each other for over 23 years? What a wonderful friendship it has been. You are such a blessing me me and hundreds of others. May you find Peace, Joy and Fun this Christmas with all those little ones! Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to both of you. Keep on shuffling and resting! ❤️

  3. Pat Churchman
    Dec 22, 2017

    Dearest Donna and Terry too. We appreciate so much your faith and the effort it takes for you to keep on keeping on. So glad for Terry’s healing and the wonderful visits from your brothers. You are both in my heart and prayers as you face what must be faced.
    Much love,
    Pat (and Charles too)

  4. Mary Lou
    Dec 22, 2017

    So good to hear from you…been wondering how it was all going and hoping you were back ‘snug as a rug’ on Tylerstone Dr.
    The visits with your brothers had to be extra-special! So glad they could come and ‘spread the visits out’…
    As always, you are an inspiration! Prayers and love continue to enfold you. Have a beautiful Christmas!
    I love you!

  5. Suzanne Gibson
    Dec 22, 2017

    Donna, you are ever the encourager! Wonderful sister in Christ, I love you! Prayers for you as Advent flows into the glorious celebration of our LORD’s first coming and we anticipate his coming again! The peace of the Lord be with you and your family! Amen.

  6. Gerri
    Dec 22, 2017

    What a special Christmas greeting Donna. Will keep and share the Advent Prayer for Healing. Thanks. A blessed Christmas to you and Terry.

  7. Jane Givens
    Dec 22, 2017

    I was so glad to get this latest entry. Even in the midst of uncertainty, you are keeping faith and able to enjoy “the united shuffle!” I am so appreciative of how the two of you are dealing with the adversity in your lives and very grateful for your happy moments with family and friends. Know that you are loved and that we pray that your family continues to bring you much joy.

  8. Peg Stinnett
    Dec 22, 2017

    As usual, your words comfort each of us who love one another. The purpose of this season, which takes 1/12th of the year to anticipate and celebrate, is the birth of our Savior. May each of us move toward the Hope, Peace, Joy and Love that His presence in our lives brings.

    Merry Christmas

  9. Melodie Davis
    Dec 22, 2017

    Tears, hugs, happy for your joys. Holding you all in prayer every morning. I like your “dish draw” also! Love, Melodie & Stuart

  10. Melissa Henderson
    Dec 22, 2017

    Continuing to pray for you both. We have moved to South Carolina. Merry Christmas! Love and hugs.

  11. Sarah Phelps
    Dec 22, 2017

    You are an inspiration to all who know you, Donna. This is true of Terry, also. I feel so lucky to know you both. I hope you have a lovely Christmas and many joys in the New Year.
    Love, Sarah

  12. Cindy Mitchell
    Dec 22, 2017

    Merry Christmas to you and Terry. Hope you are blessed with much joy. Cindy

  13. Mac & Paula McNichols
    Dec 22, 2017

    Blessings to you and Terry! You are both on our Prayers. May you have a Merry Christmas and a hopeful New Year.

  14. Judy Williams
    Dec 22, 2017

    Donna and Terry, too! Terry, is “too” another of your surnames? Thank you for the Advent prayer Donna, I’ll be keeping it! Just this am, I read again in yet another place: “The people who walk in darkness have seen a great light.” What a light and blessing you have shined on me: ever since my first days of parish nursing @ Trinity–and ever since. I’ve so many memories of your presence in my life and parish nurse practice! Terry, you are the first person I ever knew that had their own pop corn wagon. Gene & I cherish our brief memories of many places we found ourselves together! May you have starry nights this week as we get ready for our Saviour’s birthday, which seems new every year. loving you both Judy & Gene

  15. Ann Held
    Dec 23, 2017

    So grateful Terry is so much better and the two of you can recline together. May the warmth and light of the season give you joy and peace, love, Ann

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