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Face to Face



Dear Precious Saints of MBC,
I trust you are doing well and looking forward to this coming Lord's Day. 
I'm getting weary of not seeing people. Phone calls, emails, cards, texts are no substitute for a face to face meeting with people. For that reason, I'm looking forward to us opening up soon. When that will be is unknown, but we are working on it.
As I was thinking about the need for being face to face I thought of the wonderful hymn, Face to Face, written by Carrie E. Beck.   
Carrie spent most of her growing up years in Vine­land, New Jer­sey. In 1884 she mar­ried Frank A. Breck and they moved to Or­e­gon be­tween 1910 and 1920. They later returned to south Jersey. A de­vout Chris­tian, she was de­vot­ed to her hus­band and five daugh­ters. She had no sense of pitch, and could not car­ry a tune, but she had the gift of po­et­ic rhy­thm, and wrote ov­er 2,000 poems. Because of poor health she had to take fre­quent rests while do­ing chores. During those times, in a rocking chair, she would take up a note­book, and write po­et­ry, of­ten with a ba­by on her knee, or play­ing at her feet. During one such time she wrote: 
Face to face with Christ my Savior,  
Face to face--what will it be  
When with rapture I behold Him,  
Jesus Christ who died for me? 
Face to face I shall behold Him, 
Far beyond the starry sky; 
Face to face in all His glory, 
I shall see Him by and by!
Only faintly now I see Him 
With the darkened veil between, 
But a blessed day is coming 
When His glory shall be seen. [Chorus] 
What rejoicing in His presence, 
When are banished grief and pain; 
When the crooked ways are straightened 
And the dark things shall be plain. [Chorus] 
Face to face--oh, blissful moment!  
Face to face--to see and know;  
Face to face with my Redeemer,  
Jesus Christ who loves me so. [Chorus]
She would later send that poem to Grant C. Tullar who put it to music. It remains a favorite to many.
During this time of separation, let's focus on these words and look forward to the day when we will again be together - Face to Face!
See you on Sunday on line!
I the light of His glory and grace,
Pastor Doug