The last check from Dad had just arrived, and that money, still a good chunk of my growing family's income, would be missed.  But as the DJ gave me the news, understanding began to dawn.  My father's words came back to me:  "Even when the money runs out, I'll still be taking care of you."  And he was!  The song he had inspired was going to keep the promise my dad had made all those years before. 

As the months flew by, it became clear that this little song was doing more than putting to rest lost loved ones; it was changing the lives of the living.  And no one was more amazed than me.  God was taking this song to places we couldn't have dreamed.  Mainstream radio began playing it, and calls flooded into the stations.  This overt message of faith was resonating with people who hadn't considered spiritual matters in years.  Others told of being so moved that had to pull over to the side of the road until the song was done playing.

The response was beyond MercyMe's comprehension, but we knew that ultimately it wasn't about us or even about this song – God was using a willing band and a simple tune about Heaven to draw people to Himself. 

And He's not done yet.

"That which dominates
our imagination and our thoughts
will determine our lives and our character."

Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

Excerpted from "I Can Only Imagine" by MercyMe. Copyright 2004 by Simpleville Music, Inc.  Used by permission of J. Countryman, a division of Thomas Nelson, Inc."

After a record-breaking 2003, a recent entry on Billboard’s Top 200 Chart at #12 for their new album "Undone," and new hit single "Here With Me" climbing to the top of the radio charts, INO Recording artist MercyMe swept the 34th Annual GMA Music Awards, garnering 4 Doves including Group and Artist of the Year and Song of the Year.

MercyMe became one of the fastest-selling new artists in Christian music history with their release of "Almost There" in the fall of 2000. The project features the multi-genre hit, “I Can Only Imagine,” which reached the top 4 on mainstream AC, and top 25 on both the CHR/Pop and Hot AC chart. "Almost There" has been certified platinum and remained on the Billboard Top 200 for nearly 100 weeks. Their follow-up album "Spoken For" has been a consistent top-seller and is certified Gold.