September 20, 2010

Fanny Crosby an Amazing Woman


Fanny Crosby wrote over 5,000 hymns in her day. Many have been added to our hymnals for singing and many artists have updated some songs for a more modern edge. Her willingness and trust in our savior even in her blindness humbles me to the core. Please read on.

"Frances Jane "Fanny" Crosby (1820-1915) was an American hymn writer and poetess, who wrote over 8,000 hymns during her life. One time a preacher sympathetically remarked, "I think it is a great pity that the Master did not give you sight when He showered so many other gifts upon you." She replied quickly, "Do you know that if at birth I had been able to make one petition, it would have been that I should be born blind?" "Why?" asked the surprised clergyman. "Because when I get to heaven, the first face that shall ever gladden my sight will be that of my Savior!"


Her unfailing cheerfulness, her childlike trust in the divine watch care over her own life, enabled her to say to others:

"God will take care of you, be not afraid,
He is your safeguard through sunshine and shade;
Tenderly watching, and keeping his own,
He will not leave you to wander alone."

Such hymns as: "Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine," "Jesus, keep me near the Cross," "Saviour, more than life to me," and many others equally well known, were born in her own heart life."

From: Christian Biography Resources: http://www.wholesomewords.org/biography/bcrosby4.html

Never underestimate what the Lord can do with you, even if you have shortcomings and disabilities, just ask, believe and trust.

Prim hugs,

Cathy

1 comment:

Christine said...

Hello Cathy!
I really appreciate you sharing this glimpse into the life of Fanny Crosby as I have always meant to read her biography.

We sing many of her hymns and I am humbled to think of her love for the Savior.

Thanks for the link as it will help get me started reading more about her.
Best wishes
Christine

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