For the past 100 years, people have been blessed by the hymns of Fanny Crosby: God Will Take Care of You; Blessed Assurance; I Am Thine, O Lord, Jesus; Keep Me Near the Cross; Pass Me Not, O Gentle Savior; Draw Me Nearer; and Rescue the Perishing, to name just a few.
At 6 weeks old, Crosby, according to her, caught a cold and developed inflammation of the eyes. Mustard poultices were applied to treat discharges. The procedure damaged her optic nerves and blinded her.
But that didn’t stop Fanny from glorifying God in her life. Her blindness shut out enough of the world so she could hear the music of heaven.
She said, “Sightless, I see, and, seeing, find soul-vision, though my eyes are blind.”
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That vision strengthened her to work until the age of 91.
She worked tirelessly, writing, speaking, ministering in the slums and missions of New York City, and praying for those spiritually blinded by sin.
When she died at age 95, the simple tombstone erected on her grave captured the essence of her life: “Aunt Fanny. She hath done what she could.”
Fanny Crosby’s life should be an inspiration for all of us, for her heart saw her Savior, and she lived it through her music: “Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine! Oh, what a foretaste of glory divine!”
She could only see through spiritual sight and her “in”-sight helps us focused on what truly matters — where we get our incredible joy and happiness:
“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.” (Matthew 5:8)
Pastor Billy Blackmon
Highland Southern Baptist Church