Ten years ago today, my dad walked through Heaven’s gates. He actually saw Christ face to face! I’m not sure what it was like, but I will know someday because of God’s grace. That thought scares me a little, I admit. I cannot imagine with my meager human brain what that moment will be like. I do know it will be thrilling! Today, I feel sorrow mixed with anticipation. I miss Dad everyday, but I am eager that Christ might return today for His children. I’m not hoping to die, but I am comforted that when I do, I shall see Him face to face. Mrs. Carrie Beck said it best in 1898:
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;
Death is swallowed up in vict’ry,
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. — Carrie E. Beck
Jesus Christ who loves me so. What a thought. Will you see Christ face to face someday? Get that settled today.