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Sunday: Church-related or spiritual things.
Monday: Running.
Tuesday: Books.
Wednesday: Transportation.
Friday: Green living.

16 October 2011

Words That Changed My Life: I Can Only Imagine

Yesterday I wrote a slightly (ahem) cheeky post about what heaven must be like on a Saturday morning. So, let me follow that up with some real thoughts on heaven.

I first heard the song "I Can Only Imagine" early in 2003, and I remember that because it was permanently seared on my memory a few months later. You see, I managed to contract a blood clot two years into taking birth control pills. (In case you were wondering about that 2% of women who manage to get blood clots... I'm one of them. The warning label on the box is talking about people like me.) And since I had no idea of what having a blood clot felt like, I walked around for a week thinking I had somehow damaged the muscle. Finally, it hurt too much and I went to the doctor, who booked me into the hospital so fast the revolving door spun for five minutes behind me.

On our way to the hospital, Chad and I had the radio on in the car and "I Can Only Imagine" was playing. This is going to sound weird, but I wasn't so much worried about a blood clot killing me as I was worried about Chad being left behind without me. This song brought comfort to us both that day. And I'm happy to report that I'm not a ghost, and am in fact alive and well to this day. Although I do have to wear nasty compression hose, which are from Satan.

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.

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!

Not so bad, really. Lyrics from lyricsmode.

Do you have a song/poem/thought that gets you through the tough times?


lissa said...

I cannot imagine experience that but I can imagine how easy it is to give up. I have no particular song to get through hard times but any sad song will usually make me feel a bit better. you would think sad songs makes me sad and it does but I think the other effect which I cannot define is equally helpful.

hope you're having a lovely october.

Carolyn Counterman said...

Su, it is usually the old hymns that get me through, for some reason. Although "I can only imagine" is a song that gives me chills. But after Mom passed away, "In Heavenly Love Abiding" was a song that I played over and over while sitting at the computer. The song that has been rattling around in my head for a week or two now is "Great is Thy Faithfulness". Go figure.

Carole Anne Carr said...

Yes, when worried and on my own I sing a hymn 'he who would valiant be' and in my books I have the little people do this too. My heroine sang it in 'Thin Time' :0)

Su said...

@lissa: I hear you on the sad songs! I tend to listen to the Les Misèrables soundtrack for a pick-me-up.

@Carolyn: I think I'm into a mix of old and new.

@Carole: Nice! Very cool that you worked it into your books.

Karen Peterson said...

That's a beautiful song. I had to sing it at a funeral once.

I'm glad you were okay. That must have been so scary!

Donna Shields said...

I love this song. Makes me cry and smile every time I hear it.

Su said...

@Karen: It really is gorgeous. In hindsight, it doesn't seem so bad. At the time, I was really freaked out.

@Donna: Me, too. It's one of those songs!

Deniz Bevan said...

Jerusalem. It's been stuck in my head for nearly fifteen years now and comes out at odd moments :-)

Su said...

That's a good one to have stuck in your head.