Five Hymns Fanny Crosby Gave Us
I knew the words to “Amazing Grace” at age six. I sang “Oh the Wondrous Cross” with the praise team at more church services than I can count. I walked down the aisle to “Come Thou Fount” at our wedding.
I grew up thumbing through numbered pages in old, beat up hymnals with tattered edges. If you grew up in church like I did, there’s a pretty good chance you did too.
Hymns have been part of the soundtrack to my life.
Don’t get me wrong, I love contemporary praise and worship. Give me Bethel Music and Rend Collective or give me death. But there is just something about a hymn that brings me right to the feet of Jesus.
Fanny Crosby must have felt the same. During the course of her 94 years on this earth, she authored somewhere between 5,500-8,000 songs and hymns. She published so many that people started becoming weary of giving so much attention to one person. She then began to use aliases, which is why the exact number of her works is unknown.
Did I mention she was completely blind almost her entire life? Despite this huge obstacle that she faced, she never considered herself anything but richly blessed by God. In reading about her life, it is clear that she was so grounded in Christ, she could not be shaken by her circumstances.
There was a time when a Preacher, sympathetically told her "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 responded 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?" he asked her. "Because when I get to heaven, the first face that shall ever gladden my sight will be that of my Savior.”
Anyone else have chills reading that? I can’t wait to see our Savior’s face. Until that day, we can be blessed by these songs that our sweet sister in Christ gave to us. Amen and amen.