Thirty years ago my mother, diagnosed with cancer, was given a word from a prophet: "You will have a son, and his name will be Jonathan David. He will know me, play the harp, and have a voice like an angel." Since she was scheduled for a hysterectomy, she wondered how could this be true, but she touched the hem of Jesus' garment and was made whole.
Thirty years later, I was given the following dream. My mom and dad were standing with Melissa and I on the road that overlooks the field at "A Place for the Heart." All of a sudden the prophet walked up to us, and I asked him if he would pray for us. He spoke a few words and then breathed on us; as he did, I began to hear music coming out of heaven. Suddenly, our eyes were opened, and we began to see lights dancing in the field. He told us these lights were the angels. My dad and Melissa began to run though the field and play with the angels. As I walked into the field, suddenly I was lifted off the ground with the angels. While I was rising up, I looked back over my shoulder and saw my friend Elijah, who was seeing and hearing everything happening, standing in a field below. As I woke up from the dream, I knew my friend Elijah was to produce this new album, but I also knew that he represented the Spirit of Elijah.
The last verse in the Old Testament says, "See, I will send you the prophet Elijah before that great and dreadful day of the LORD comes. He will turn the hearts of the fathers to their children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers." When the Spirit of Elijah rested upon Elisha, a double portion of miracles came forth from his life. When we began tracking "The Reward Session," we had planned on recording just one album. But the same Spirit rested on us, and a double portion was released. The Lord did so much in those days at the Threshing Floor studio that this album became the first of two volumes.
- Jonathan David Helser