Spotlight

One of the bands I’ve wanted to shine the spotlight on for a long time is one that most people know by one song… I Can Only Imagine.

I first heard the song when I was driving home from work back in my previous life when I worked at a dirt pit. I was floored by it and had tears streaming down my face as I listened. I was a baby Christian then, and wasn’t even listening to Christian radio yet, but the song had crossed over  onto other charts and was one of the biggest songs of the time.

Written and composed by lead singer Bart Millard of MercyMe, the song was originally written for the band’s 1999 independent album The Worship Project before being included on their 2001 major-label debut album Almost There.

The song, as everyone knows now after the huge success of last year’s movie with the same title, was written about Bart’s father, who died from cancer.

Their debut album Almost There was released in August, 2001, and the song I Can Only Imagine seemed to be a song of hope while our country was reeling after being attacked by terrorists.

While it was still a couple of years before I would start listening to more Christian music, once I became more familiar with some of it, MercyMe became a standing favorite over the years.

The band, Bart, Nathan Cochran (bass), Barry Graul (guitar), Mike Scheuchzer (guitar) and Robby Shaffer (drums), has maintained a major presence in the music industry with songs that speak their faith through all parts of life.

Many of the songs are based on personal experiences of the members, thereby speaking hope and comfort to many who are experiencing similar circumstances, and that’s a part of the draw to their lyrics and music.

It’s not always serious with these guys (except when it comes to their faith in Jesus) but they definitely have a lot of laughs and are pretty funny guys as demonstrated in one of my favorite songs,

When it comes to testimony, the guys have never been ashamed to proclaim Jesus from the stage.  Thank you Daisy for finding these interviews & testimony!

MercyMe has racked up over 20 awards ranging from song of the year to artist of the year, on GMA and Billboard top spots. They are one of the most successful Christian bands out there, and it’s for a reason.  While it’s nice to have those awards under their belts, MercyMe speaks depths of faith that some bands can’t seem to do, and that connection with people is worth so much more.

As life goes on, their music, their song lyrics resonate not only with me, but so many of us.  It seems that while we here have all experienced losses, physical, emotional and even spiritual pain, it’s those times in which  we see Jesus shine brighter.

One of the songs I’ve grown to love is Bring the Rain from their 2006 album Coming Up to Breathe.

Sometimes it ought to be the prayer of every serious Christian, when we realize that only through the pain comes real growth in faith and strength in our relationship with Jesus.

Bring me joy,
bring me peace
Bring the chance to be free
Bring me anything that brings You glory
And I know there’ll be days
When this life brings me pain
But if that’s what it takes to praise You
Jesus, bring the rain 

I am Yours regardless of
The dark clouds that may loom above
Because You are much greater than my pain
You who made a way for me
By suffering Your destiny
So tell me what’s a little rain 

As Daisy observed recently about the question, “what’s a little rain”,  sometimes it can be so much- “And yet so little compared to His gift and believing Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty!!!”

The sound quality in this one isn’t great, but worth listening to, as the band appeared at BB Kings Blues Bar, Downtown Nashville, Bart shares gospel as he shares the meaning behind….

There are so many songs of theirs worth posting, and for many of them, have become my peace and reminders of how much God is in control when everything else seems so chaotic.  I hope you guys find your favorites to share!

Have a blessed Sunday!

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