One of the great hymn writers was born on March 24, 1820. Her name was Fanny Crosby. Crosby penned over 9,000 hymns during her lifetime. Most people who sang hymns in church owe Crosby a debt of gratitude.
It is worth noting that Crosby became blind when she was only six weeks old. She did not consider her blindness something to be pitied. Consider this conversation she had with a preacher.
Preacher: I think it is a great pity that the Master did not give you sight when he showered so many other gifts upon you.
Crosby: Do you know that if at birth I had been able to make one petition, it would have been that I was born blind? Because when I get to heaven, the first face that shall ever gladden my sight will be that of my Savior.
Crosby loved poetry, but especially loved the Bible. She memorized 5 chapters a week. She was able to recite the Pentateuch, the Gospels and other sections of the Bible.
Some of her hymns I learned in my early years in the church. Many of them I still sing as I go through my day. Here are some of my favorite. In the comments, tell us which one is your favorite.
- Blessed Assurance
- All the Way My Savior Leads Me
- He Hideth My Soul
- I Am Thine, O Lord
- Near the Cross
- Praise Him, Praise Him
- Rescue the Perishing
- Tell Me the Story of Jesus
- To God Be the Glory
- To the Work
On her tombstone are the words from the first hymn listed above,
Blessed Assurance, Jesus is Mine,
Oh What a Foretaste of Glory Divine.