FACE TO FACE WITH CHRIST, MY SAVIOR written in 1898
It didn’t seem possible that Carrie Breck (1855-1934), the author of this hymn, could be a hymn-writer. She couldn’t carry a tune, and she had no natural sense of pitch at all. But, she did love to write poetry. She said, “I penciled verses under all conditions: over a mending basket, with a baby on my arm, and sometimes even when sweeping or washing dishes.” During her life, Carrie wrote more than 2,000 poems. One of them was this hymn, “Face to face with Christ, My Savior”.
When she finished this poem, she sent it to Grant Tullar, a friend who lived in Rutherford, New Jersey. Tullar had just written a tune for another song, but he wasn’t happy with how it went together. Then the mail came, and with it was Carrie’s poem. Amazingly, her poem fit perfectly with the tune Tullar had just composed the night before. Nothing had to be changed.
God had brought together writer and musician… words and music… to become a song that was destined for many a hymnbook; and to bring many a blessing.
Read this hymn, and – today – imagine what it might be like to be face to face with Christ. Is that an encounter you would look forward to? Why?
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. (Refrain)
What rejoicing in His presence, when are banished grief and pain;
when the crooked ways are straightened and the dark things shall be plain. (Refrain)
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. (Refrain)