This is the story of a little girl born in the early eighteen hundreds. She was born with sight, but due to improper medical care, she was blinded at six weeks of age. Her father died when she was just one year old and the child was raised by only a mother and grand-mother. As an adult, her only child died in infancy. Some would say this child should be bitter and would live a sad and difficult life
But this is the story of Fanny Crosby (1820-1915), a blind girl, who became one of the most prolific hymn writers of all time, providing the lyrics for over 8,000 hymns. She wrote under more than 100 pseudonyms because publishers were hesitant to have so many hymns from one person. She learned to play the piano, guitar and sing. She was the first woman to address the United States Congress, lobbying for education for the blind. She was a teacher of English and History in New York and kept the company of several US Presidents, generals and dignitaries. Fanny played one of her hymns, Safe in the Arms of Jesus, at the funeral of President Ulysses S. Grant in 1885.
At eight years old, Fanny wrote this poem:
Oh what a happy soul I am, although I cannot see;
I am resolved that in this world contented I will be.
How many blessings I enjoy, that other people don’t;
To weep and sigh because I’m blind, I cannot, and I won’t
This was Fannys attitude throughout her life. A life more difficult than many, but more joyful than most. Sing one of Fannys songs today and any day that you find that youre feeling sorry for yourself. A life dedicated to the glory of God, cannot go unblessed!
Tell Me the Story of Jesus
Praise Him, Praise Him
To God Be the Glory
Draw Me Nearer