Dennis Quaid “For Me, It’s Jesus”
This past March the movie “I Can Only Imagine” was released in theatres starring the actors Dennis Quaid and J. Michael Finley. The hit movie follows the life of Bart Millard and explains the story behind how Millard came to write the hit song “I Can Only Imagine” for his band MercyMe.
Viewers across the country have been moved by the story of hope including even Quaid, who portrays Millard’s father Arthur in the film. When Millard was a young boy his father Arthur was abusive both physically and emotionally until a terminal illness leads Arthur to the Lord and a radical life change.
Walking along the path of Arthur’s miraculous redemption story left Quaid, who is also a Christian, so deeply impacted that he was inspired to finish a song he had began writing almost 30 years ago.
“What moved me about finishing it really was my character of Arthur and how he found grace,” Quaid shared. “That’s the beautiful thing about the good news that Jesus was talking about.”
The song “On My Way to Heaven” is definitely a spiritual song; however, Quaid said it was originally written for his mother who has always been a strong woman of faith in his life.
“Her faith is unquestionable. So solid,” Quaid shared. “So I wrote it for her, but I guess it’s my story.”
Truthfully “On My Way to Heaven” is a song that will resonate with everyone’s story and walk with Christ. The lyrics are powerful and not unique to only Quaid or his mother’s life. In the song he sings:
“And He walks with me everyday,
Holds my hand and points the way.
And He will walk with you everyday,
The Shepherd’s lamp will guide you every step along the way.”
On his mother’s 91st birthday Quaid surprised her with the finished song and it must have been such a special moment! Be sure to watch the official music video for “On My Way to Heaven” and be prepared to be moved by the powerful lyrics.