You may know the song, but do you know the story? For many years, Bart Millard of MercyMe spoke of how his most recognizable song was inspired by his late father and best friend … but it wasn’t until recently that he finally opened up about how this song was the product of his long and difficult journey to forgive his abusive father.
I Can Only Imagine shows us stark failures between a father and son … as real as the hurt is, those failures make the transforming grace of Jesus that much more clear and beautiful. Once you know what led to Bart writing this song, you’ll never listen to it the same way again.
The heart behind the hit song “I Can Only Imagine” takes viewers behind the curtain, into the personal life of singer/songwriter Bart Millard (a role magnificently performed by J. Michael Finley). Deeply moving, and not to be missed, I CAN ONLY IMAGINE is a story of tragedy and triumph; a living epistle of grace and healing. Chasing a dream while running from broken relationships with his father, Bart hits the road in an old, decrepit tour bus with his new band MercyMe and begins a journey none of them could ever have imagined. I CAN ONLY IMAGINE beautifully illustrates that no one is ever too far from God’s love—or from an eternal home in Heaven.