"'Almost Home' came out of a conversation between MercyMe frontman Bart Millard
and a pastor pal of his. Millard's friend has been in ministry for a long time; in fact, he was once the singer's youth pastor.
The pastor admitted to Millard that ministry is hard and he was feeling burnt out, saying: "Man, I think I was ready for the short game when I was a youth pastor dealing with issues, but this long game is wearing me out. I never dreamed that I would outlive some of my dearest friends and mentors and do their funerals."
The conversation resonated with Millard and provided inspiration for this song, which he penned with his bandmates and producer Ben Glover.
"It was heartbreaking to hear and I realized one thing that we probably don't address much is as we get older, we just get tired and exhausted fighting the good fight," Millard said.
"'Almost Home' is kind of a rallying cry to just remind us to keep running the race... to keep going. Heaven is just around the bend," he continued. "We're almost home and now is not the time to give up or tap out. Whether you're in ministry or not - parents, moms, dads, whatever - if you just feel like you don't know if you can go any further, hopefully this song will bring you comfort and help you realize that you're not alone and that the race is worth running."