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Pastor Marla Amborn
Office: 651-583-2340
Cell: 651-315-3354


Pastor’s Perspectives May 2018 Have you ever wondered what heaven will be like? Have you wondered how you might respond to meeting God face to face? Those questions are addressed musically in the song “I Can Only Imagine” by Bart Marshall Millard of the Christian band, Mercy Me. The song was written following Bart’s father’s death, as Bart speculated on what it would be like for his dad as he arrived in heaven. It is a song that came to him in a flash of divine inspiration. He wrote it in about 10 minutes. But it is a song that took a lifetime to create. It raises question many of us have probably wondered about as we have lost loved ones or thought about what our own life in eternity might be like. I find this song inspiring. It is written directly to God, almost as a prayer, but also as a personal reflection. The prospect of meeting God in person is amazing and overwhelming, wonderful and terrifying all at once. How might you respond in God’s presence? Would you burst out in praise? Might you be tongue tied? Might you laugh or cry or sing? Think about your own reaction as you read the lyrics.

I Can Only Imagine
I can only imagine what it will be like
When I walk, by your side
I can only imagine what my eyes will see
When your face is before me
I can only imagine
I can only imagine
(Chorus) Surrounded by Your 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
I can only imagine I can only imagine when that day comes
When I find myself standing in the Son
I can only imagine when all I would do is forever
Forever worship You
I can only imagine
I can only imagine

The questions this song raises puts into words what many have wondered about but not been able to express. The wide appeal has made “I Can Only Imagine” the bestselling Christian single of all time. The backstory behind this song was made into a movie by the same name that was released in March and is in theaters now. I’d encourage you to go and see it. And whether you see the movie or not, let yourself imagine your own responses to powerful questions it raises. In Christ’s service, Pastor Marla