Right now I have the song “Drift Away” stuck in my head…especially the line about freeing your soul. Have you ever noticed the feeling that music has on your soul? One of my co-workers passed along an article that ran in America, the Jesuit magazine, that featured an article on how music – even rock music – could have a positive impact on your prayer life.
You may be asking yourself – rock music and prayer?! Sure, they may seem like unlikely partners, but, as the author of the article notes, music helps people stay “in the moment.” He discussed the passion he felt about rock music and listened to a suggestion to “spend time praying within that excitement and trying to meet God there.” The idea of using music as a tool to bring more passion into prayer life is one that I am really excited about trying.
The author discusses people’s emotional responses to music, and how music can trigger memories, that could then be brought to God in prayer. A few songs immediately came to my mind…the joyful feeling I get when I listen to songs like the Allman Brother’s Blue Sky, or the feelings of gratitude that songs like Led Zeppelin’s Thank You bring about. Even sad emotions, like those that are found in basically any Linkin Park song, could be used as a jumping off point for prayer.
Are there any songs that elicit strong emotions in you, that you will think about using as a tool in prayer? Please share!!!