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I Can Only Imagine…

Posted on February 23, 2017
By Fletcher Jonson
89.5 KVNE East Texas Christian Radio I Can Only Imagine Heard On Air Blog
Amy Austin
89.5 KVNE Evening Show

Since MercyMe is performing in Tyler this weekend, I thought I would share a sweet story.

Raise your hand if you’ve ever heard a song and it immediately spoke to you. I bet we’ve all experienced that at some time.

That’s what happened to me when I heard “I Can Only Imagine” by MercyMe. The song just blew me away! That’s when I really got into Contemporary Christian music.

Jeffrey, my older brother, fell in love with the song as well. When he passed away at 45, our family knew we had to play the song at his funeral. The ceremony wasn’t like any funeral I had ever attended.

Our childhood friend, Eddie Hogan, now a pastor, came from Houston to give his eulogy. We had grown up with the Hogan family and Eddie was like a brother.

The service was so intimate even though there were hundreds there. Because of Eddie’s relationship with my brother and our entire family, it was filled with funny stories and great memories. It was more of a celebration than a goodbye. We knew we would see him again.

My daughter, Chloe, was 8 years old when my brother went to heaven. When she would hear the chorus,

“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”

she would say, “Uncle Jeffrey is fishing and eating Thanksgiving turkey! That’s what heaven is, all your favorite things!”

When I hear the song, it reminds me of my brother, who was so kind, gentle and loved. I often think how I might react when I get to heaven. I see myself running into my big brother’s arms and saying, “Sorry I took so long!” Oh, and I’ll ask him to take me to his “honey hole.”

Are there any particular songs that are special to you? Any that remind you of someone you love and miss? I’d love to know about them! You can share in the “Comments” section below. I’d love to hear from you. 🙂

MercyMe – I Can Only Imagine

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