Running Tracks: “I Can Only Imagine” MercyMe


When I first heard this song I think I literally fell to my knees in tears and worship. It was only later that I learned the Mercy Me’s  story behind this beautiful song that gave even more meaning.

Bart Millard shared Christianity.com this: “When my father died of cancer in 1991, he left me with the assurance that he was headed to a better place. He used to always tell me that I was getting the raw end of the deal because I had to stick around here. For several years following his death, I would find myself writing the phrase, I can only imagine, on anything I could find. That simple phrase would give me peace and a hope thinking about what my dad was experiencing. Years later, in 1999, MercyMe was writing songs for an independent project. I remember coming home from a show and being wide awake on our bus at 2 o’clock in the morning. I was trying to write lyrics in an old notebook of mine, when all of a sudden, I stumbled across that phrase. About ten minutes later, the song was written. Some people say it’s amazing that it was written in ten minutes, when really it had been on my heart for almost ten years.”

Can’t you just imagine what God has prepared for us in eternity. No more sorrow, no more pain. I can only imagine.

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