Prayer Chaplain Corner
Greetings from your prayer chaplain team.
“I am fully relying on the healing life and wisdom of God” was the affirmation that Rev. Dr. Patrick spoke to during Sunday service, May 5th. While the presentation itself was new, much of the lesson touched on two Unity concepts that we are familiar with: 1) What you think about you bring about, and 2) Myrtle’s use of prayer to deny tuberculosis and heal her body. Well, halfway through the lesson it hit me that my story also bears witness to Rev. Patrick’s message and I really wanted to share it.
I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2008. My father also had MS. The likelihood of a parent passing the disease to their child is 3%. Why didn’t I beat the odds? My parents split up when I was a toddler and after a brief reconciliation when I was 4 years old, they divorced. I never saw my dad again. I have no memory of him except for two things—he owned a Model T car and he had MS. I really had no idea what MS was but all through childhood and my adult life whenever I heard the words “multiple sclerosis” I would worry that since my dad had it, I could get it.
Hang in there. This is where we get to the “healing life and wisdom of God” part of the story.
The MS community has support groups and opportunities to listen to motivational speakers who are living well with MS. I was shocked when I heard a motivational speaker state that his MS diagnosis was a good thing. His life had been consumed with work and travel, and MS had forced him to slow down and take time to enjoy life. It had never occurred to me that anything good could possibly come from MS. That realization changed my life. I started looking for the good and denying that MS has any power over who I am.
Here are a just a few examples of God’s healing and wisdom in my life: I, too, have been able to slow down and enjoy life. I retired from being a public-school music teacher due to MS symptoms of fatigue and short-term memory loss. It’s all good because now I have plenty of time to nap and the use of a handicap parking pass so I can remember where I parked. Also, I still get to teach music by facilitating Health Rhythms drum circles here at church. I still get to serve others by volunteering as a prayer chaplain. I am a long-distance runner. I now have more time to train and a strong incentive to do it—my neurologist says mobility prevents disability.
I am grateful for the way my life has evolved post-diagnosis. It’s all God. It’s all good. I encourage you to look for the good—no matter the challenge. You’ll find it.
Unity Prayer Chaplain Team