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2020-05-18 Face to Face

Grant Tullar (1869-1950) was helping with evangelistic meetings in Rutherford, New Jersey. He, along with the pastor and his wife, did some visitation Sunday afternoon. They got back to the pastor's home rather late, and supper was rushed. Things were put on the table quickly, and everyone was invited to make his own snack. One of the items set out was an almost empty jar of jelly. Knowing how much Grant Tullar liked it, the pastor and his wife both passed it by. Tullar accepted their kindness with a smile, saying, "So, this is all for me, is it?" Instantly, the little phrase "all for me" gripped his thoughts. He went over to the piano and composed, on the spot, the now familiar tune, along with some words-"All for me the Saviour suffered, all for me He bled and died…" The pastor was thrilled. He asked that the song be taught to the people in the evening service. Grant Tullar declined, saying he wanted to work on it a bit more. But that never happened. The next day, a letter arrived from a Mrs. Carrie Breck (1855-1934). She had written a poem, and wondered if Mr. Tullar could set it to music. To his amazement, he realized the meter exactly fit the tune composed the evening before. He sensed the hand of God in this “coincidence,” and discarding his own poem, replaced it with the one by Mrs. Breck. https://www.blueletterbible.org/hymns/f/Face_To_Face_With_Christ_My_Savior.cfm

Carrie Elizabeth (Mrs. Frank) Breck was a homemaker and mother of five in Portland, Oregon, who wrote hymns in the midst of housework.  “I penciled verses under all conditions,” she once explained, “over a mending basket, with a baby on my arm, and sometimes even when sweeping or washing dishes, my mind moved in poetic meter.” When she became frail in health, however, she often recorded her poems in a notebook while resting in her favorite rocking chair. 

Robert J Morgan, Then Sings My Soul (2003)

12 For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known.

1 Corinithians 13:12(NKJV)

Behold, He is coming with clouds, and every eye will see Him, even they who pierced Him. And all the tribes of the earth will mourn because of Him. Even so, Amen.

Revelation 1:7 (NKJV)

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. 

What rejoicing in His presence, 
When are banished grief and pain; 
When the crooked ways are straightened 
And the dark things shall be plain.  

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. 

 
*Devotion and music provided by Jane Cockrell

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