Face to Face

This is the only track of the album that is not directly taken from the book of Joshua. In a way, this is a song about remembering: remembering the promises, remembering the choice laid down by God through Moses in Deuteronomy 27-29. It seemed fitting after the trauma of Achan’s sin to reflect on Moses, who had led Israel through some testing times but, at the end of his life, called Israel again to holiness: Choose Life.
In Exodus 33-34, The Glory of God passes before Moses, but he is protected from seeing God and dying by being placed in a cleft in the rock as The Glory passes. Joshua would have known these things.
In Exodus 34: 29-35 Moses comes down from the mountain with his face glowing and everyone is afraid to come near him. Joshua would have seen that.
In 1 Corinthians 13:8-13, is one of the best known passages on Love. In verse 12 is says: “For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.” In some times, life is going to beat us up and spit us put, and our version of ‘love’ will feel far away. But God is true: we don’t understand now, but one day we will when we are face to face.


Words rain down, the storm has come
We’ll bury your bones in this beautiful place
Nothing more till we meet face to face
Cursed is the man, who turns away
Truth is a sword and it cuts And we bleed
 if you stay we can talk face to face
 
We stand in the shadows, we can walk in the light
We stand in the shadows, we will come through this night
We stand in the shadows, but you make it alright
We  stand in the shadows, but you make it alright
 
Small Still voice, the storm has come
I looked around for the brave but they sank with no trace
I’m alone when we stand face to face
All my heart and all your grace
Only one road can lead out of this place
I will see, I will see face to face
 
We stand in the shadows, we can walk in the light
We stand in the shadows, we will come through this night
We stand in the shadows, but you make it alright
We  stand in the shadows, but you make it alright


Small still voice, the storm has come
But I’ll walk in your ways till the end of my days
I will see,I will see face to face

R Packham, 2019