• Mariah Reeve

'I Can Only Imagine' goes from a Christian hit to a movie

"I Can Only Imagine" is a Christian song that became a hit in 2001.

"'Someone dared them to play 'I Can Only Imagine','" said the song's writer Bart Millard, according to USA Today. "'I turn on the station and all I hear is the DJ saying, 'Stop calling and we'll play it again.' For the next three or four hours, all they played was 'I Can Only Imagine, and people were calling in, saying how much it meant to them. It was No. 1 on their station for like six months, up there with 50 Cent's In Da Club and some J. Lo song.'"

Since then, "I Can Only Imagine" has become a top- selling hit, selling 2.5 million copies.

"It's now inspired a movie, 'I Can Only Imagine' (in theaters nationwide Friday March 16, 2018), which charts the difficult relationship between Millard (played by J. Michael Finley) and his abusive father (Dennis Quaid), who found God after his cancer diagnosis and became a better man. His death inspired Millard to write 'I Can Only Imagine,' which offered comfort after the Sept. 11 terror attacks," according to USA Today.

"We heard a lot of people talking about losing loved ones and how 9/11 impacted them," he says. "I think the biggest thing is, there's no agenda: We're not trying to shove the Bible down anybody's throats. I'm asking the same question many people have wondered, whether you go to church or not, like, 'OK, God, if this turns out to be real, if we die and we get to heaven, how am I going to respond?' There's no answers in that song, it's all questions."

This hit has brought people through a lot, especially when they are heart-broken. Christians use this song to lift people up, knowing that everything will be okay. It is known to give some hope and peace within.

The chorus's lyrics are the following: "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."

The video to the movies trailer is below:

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