By Bobby Langdon, Unity of SA Prayer Chaplain
A little more than four years ago, I made San Antonio my home. My family was here and it seemed the right thing to do. It was!
My first week in San Antonio I Googled Unity churches. I visited Unity of SA on a Sunday and knew it was my new spiritual home. A perfect fit.
The holidays came and went and my life in San Antonio was thriving. I knew, however, something more was needed.
On a Sunday morning in January, I was meditating before church. That “something more” I needed was revealed; I needed to serve. I did not know how that would come about, or what it was, but those of us in Unity know that we never have to know how or why!!! So, during the service that morning, the call for prayer chaplains was announced. I knew immediately this was the service I was called to do.
The initial meetings were a bit daunting. The seasoned prayer chaplains were so skilled. It came so easily to them. Everyone was encouraging and helpful and we practiced praying the Unity way, affirmatively. I began to recognize that everything I was praying for was already a part of me that I could call forth at any time. This is available to everyone. This is exciting!
A day-long session in prayer chaplain training on the 12 Powers opened more doors, and although overwhelming, it was powerful. I was fortunate to learn from the best. Mentoring with Rev. Linda was awesome and challenging. She knows our lights are bright and expects us to let it shine. No dimmer switch allowed! Whew…that can be a little uncomfortable at times.
Each Sunday prayer chaplains hold sacred space in the back of the church during the service. Each of us has our own way of doing this. This to me is very humbling. I am not always a visual person, but when I am doing this I see everyone enfolded in a circle of love. The intentions of all are held in this pink light, and I call forth all of the 12 Powers to manifest these intentions into reality.
I think this may be my 5th year of Prayer Chaplain training and I have to say it never gets old, boring, or routine. Every time a person asks me to pray with them, I am challenged to reach deep. I know that the words of hope and faith and love are coming through me from God, Source, Spirit… and these words are as useful to me as for the person I am praying with.
Soon a new training session will begin and, on behalf of the prayer chaplains, we invite you to come and learn more about this calling.
This training has equipped me with tools to handle some of the more difficult life challenges in different ways than I have in the past, more healthy ways.
My prayer practice and spiritual journey are richer because of my experiences holding sacred space and praying with you, and for this I am grateful.
Everyone has the tools and this very special group will help you. Come and learn more about us at the upcoming Q&A session.
Click here for more information about the prayer chaplain Q&A session after church on January 22.