SOUL RESET – Week 2
Rev. Mark Johnson
April 18, 2021
Secondary Source: Soul Reset Junius B. Dotson Upper Room Books Nashville 2019
Theme/Thesis: Prayer is a foundational tool for a “soul reset.” Whatever our lifeline and prayer language, God is listening…God is responding.
In the darkest days of our lives (and the best days!), we all need a lifeline.
In the absence of a lifeline, even King David falls on dark days and is searching for answers- “My whole being is depressed” (Psalm 42:6).
As a spiritual practice, prayer can be a lifeline.
Prayer can take many forms.
In 1964, jazz musician John Coltrane recorded the seminal album, “A Love Supreme.” The album was the culmination of a spiritual awakening following the darkest days of his life.
Music, poetry, and writing became his lifeline. “A Love Supreme” was based on a poem Coltrane wrote by the same name. In the last track “Psalm,” he plays the poem word for word on his saxophone.
In the poem, Coltrane claims, “all vibrations lead to God” – Thought waves–heat waves–sound waves–all vibrations–all prayers lead to God.
A Love Supreme (continued from page 2)
Call to Action and Response
Reflect on your prayer life. How are you connected to God and the world around you? Thinking outside the box, what prayer practices can help you facilitate your own “soul reset” this spring? When you’ve fallen on darker days in the past, what has been your lifeline? And if you’re experiencing dark days now, who can you reach out to for support. Your pastors are a good start! And always, God is listening – God is responding.
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