only imagine

Sun., Apr. 8, 2018

Colossians 1:5 – Your faith and love have arisen from the hope laid up for you in heaven, which you have heard about in the message of truth, the gospel.

Hubby Rick had a “date night” on Saturday evening. I convinced Rick to go to the theater and see the movie, “I Can Only Imagine.” It is based on the true story of Bart Millard, the lead singer of the Christian band, MercyMe.  Bart’s childhood was colored with abuse from his father. He leaves home after high school graduation and joins a band. When Bart eventually returns home, he discovers his father is dying from cancer. Shortly after his Dad’s death, Bart wrote the mega-hit Christian song, “I Can Only Imagine.”

The movie is real, touching and tells the back story of the song. It helps us understand the struggle that is often part of music writing.

The song came out while I was serving a church in rural Mazomanie, WI. Lyle was a widow who faithfully attended worship every week. He was taken back the first time Carrie sang the song in worship. He often told Carrie and I that she would sing “I Can Only Imagine” at his funeral. And she did.

What makes this song fantastic are the words:

I can only imagine

What it will be like

I can only imagine what my eyes will see
When you face is before me
I can only imagine


Surrounded by You glory
What will my heart feel
Will I dance for you Jesus
Or in awe of You be still
Will I stand in your presence
Or to my knees will I fall
Will I sing hallelujah
Will I be able to speak at all
I can only imagine

This is a beautiful picture of heaven. And for this, I am grateful.

Lord God – thank you for inspired songs that allow us to worship you. Thank you for words in songs that help us catch glimpses of heaven. Thank you for using people on earth to help us imagine. Amen.

Blessings –


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