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!