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I Can Only Imagine … What It Will Be Like

I soaked in the moment, every word, and every note. As Amy was finishing the first chorus, this was my cue. Just as we had planned, I stepped out onto the stage, into the spotlight, into the most surreal moment of my life. I walked to the mic, stared out into the sea of faces, drew in the deepest breath I think I had ever taken, and sang …

I Can Only Imagine … When That Day Comes

Ironically, this day had come for me where Heaven met Earth, a day I truly could only imagine for so many years. Up to this point in my life, I hadn’t had a lot of these moments on this side of eternity. And then as I ended the verse and went into the chorus, some sort of holy convergence occurred as Amy joined me, along with her husband, Vince Gill, the legendary country music superstar. But quickly the crowd gathered there seemed to fade away and I began to sing for an audience of only two. I began to envision my dad watching, smiling, taking in all that he had prayed for and believed for me, while my heavenly Father was also watching, smiling, accepting this offering where I was able to give Him the glory He so richly deserved.

I stood there beside Amy on that legendary center-stage circle, singing about the day when we see Jesus for the first time face-to-face, just as so many had in that same historic sanctuary of the Union Gospel Tabernacle in the 1880s when Reverend Sam Jones would stand Sunday after Sunday to preach about Heaven. This was one of my most amazing and intimate times of worship as I reflected on all God had done and brought me through to lead me to this moment.

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