There Is A Face

from Until He Comes by Ordinary Time



There is a face

There is a face I long to see
In its gaze alone is life
But I can’t face it as I am
To look on it would be to die

Towards my lips
The flaming coal
Burning ‘til it finds the place
The inner stain
Upon my soul…
We will be made clean

The darkened doors I’ve lingered in
The dead-end roads down which I’ve run
Will be revealed for what they’ve been
Their power to tempt forever gone.

Every longing without name
Will finally find its proper place.
The host of fears that grip us now
Will melt in fear before his face.

We’ll wind our way to mountain heights
And view the race already run
And onward go, our way made bright
By his face, shining like the sun


from Until He Comes, released May 1, 2008
Words and Tune: Ben Keyes


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Ordinary Time

They met in a “History of Christian Worship” class in seminary, where they discovered a shared love for old songs in danger of being forgotten. The band’s oeuvre seamlessly weaves the hymns of generations past with their own new songs—often indistinguishably—producing a
sound that ranges from bluegrass-tinged Americana to sacred harp hymn arrangements.
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