Song Snapshots is a column featuring the stories behind new and classic Southern Gospel songs.
Chris and Kim (Ryan) White are both respected leaders in the Southern Gospel industry; Chris leads Sonlite Records, a division of Crossroads, while Kim is a noted video producer.
Several years ago, after Kim’s father passed away, someone asked her how she was doing. She said, “Oh, I’m just face to face with grace.” The line stuck with her, and she mentioned it to her husband. Chris, in turn, mentioned it to Ray Scarbrough—a long-time friend, and one of the songwriters with his publishing company, Chris White Music Publishing.
“People call me and say, “Hey, I’ve got a song idea,” Ray recalls. “I can’t shake it out of my head when they do that!”
“I could sympathize totally with Kim, he continues, “because shortly before that, I had buried my dad. There’s that period of time shortly following the death of a loved one, we know what sustains us. We identify with grace.
“When we have gone through one of those situations, we can put our arms around somebody and say, ‘I know exactly how you feel.’”
Several years later, the song’s story would come full circle in an unexpected way. Two years before he married his wife, Candy Muncey Scarbrough, she had lost her three-year-old son. “Face to Face with Grace” ended up ministering deeply to her in her grieving process.
“It’s funny how God used it, in His foreknowledge,” Ray recalls. “He had Kim tell Chris, Chris tell me. God inspired me to write the song that was going to be a huge difference-maker in the life of my wife, when I didn’t even know she was going to be my wife.”
“We didn’t meet because of the song, either,” he continues. “That’s what’s so strange.” Today, Candy sings the song with Beautiful, a female Southern Gospel trio she performs with.