… a film by the Erwin Brothers
The inspiring and unknown true story behind MercyMe’s beloved, chart topping song that brings ultimate hope to so many is a gripping reminder of the power of true forgiveness.
March 16, 2018.
From a place of despair and depression, to a journey that would lead to the mountain top of renewed hope, faith, love, and forgiveness, as well as a destiny found in God alone—this is the inspiring but untold true story before now, of Bart Millard, lead vocal of Mercy Me music band.
“How long did it take you to write this song,” Amy Grant asked.
“Uhm…about ten minutes, I guess,” Bart replied.
“No.” Amy shook her head. “It took a lifetime, Bart.”
And you could see understanding dawn on Bart’s face as Amy’s words took hold and sunk in.
As Bart’s story unfolds, it clear that in the place of surrender, God grinds Bart’s pain, makes a clay of worth out of it, and then builds something beautifully significant and memorable that would resonate in heaven and touch earth in the most magnificent of ways—bringing healing and comfort to as many believers who’d suffered loss. This is how the song, I Can Only Imagine, was born; it became Mercy Me’s breakout song and the all-time bestselling Christian single. Through I Can Only Imagine, God set free those who’d been held captive to hurt from loss; it healed many broken hearts, and comforted many weary souls, giving its overall audience real and tangible hope for a future in heaven with Jesus and their loved ones.
This is what healing music is all about!
It’s not about the money, fame, or all the fancy things that the world insists a breakout song could get you. It’s about the truth and the healing that flows from it through the power of Jesus, pointing you back to the Father, the giver of life and hope.
Bart had to stop running and learn much about authenticity outside of talent before he was ready. And though the road to that revelation was filled with deep sorrow, it was without regret, and immersed in a lot of healing through love and forgiveness to a father who had hurt him and from a girl who’d always loved him!