Thursday, July 12, 2012

BLESSED ASSURANCE

My Sunday School lesson for Sunday will be on Fanny  Crosby.  I know all of you are familiar with her songs and poems, also that she was blind.


"...One thing I know, that, whereas I was blind, but now I see."  John 10:25


Fanny Crosby was blind, yet saw more clearly than most could ever hope through the eyes of faith.
She wrote about 8000 songs or poems, maybe more, None was so enduring as Blessed Assurance.
A verse of this beloved song is on her tombstone.
Blessed Assurance,
Jesus is mine!
Oh, what a fore taste 
of glory Divine.
Heir of salvation,
purchased of God,
Born of His Spirit
washed in His blood.

Her life story is so inspiring.  Fanny moved to Bridgeport, Conn. to live with her sister at the age of 80.
There she dreamed of being able to see for the first time, as the words of her song reflect.
Perfect submission,
perfect delight,
Visions of rapture  
now burst on my sight.
Angels descending,
bring from above
Echoes of mercy
whispers of love.

Fanny lived just one month short of her 95th birthday.  One of her last hymns again reflected upon her faith that she would one day see, reflected in the lines;

And I shall see Him  face to face,
And tell the story, saved by grace.

This is my story, this is my song
Praising my Savior all the day long.

This is a wonderful story to tell your children.  It blessed my heart as I studied for my class.






8 comments:

Jenifer Harrod said...

I love that song Blessed Assurance. My son Zeke has memorized it.

Laurie said...

This was a blessing to me. I hope you are doing well.
Have a great weekend.

Phyllis Blickensderfer said...

Her lyrics are so moving. Her story is an example for all of us. To have been blinded so young, yet see so much of God's beauty -- we should be so blessed!! Thanks for sharing her with others, too.

Anita said...

She was an amazing person. "Blessed Assurance" is one of my favorites.

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KM Logan said...

I love Fanny Crosby's hymns. I also have a book of her poetry that I adore. What's amazing is that she would wake up in the middle of the night to "write" and stay awake until she had everything memorized so she could recite it to someone the next day.

Honeycombs said...

Aliene, I'm sure everyone will love hearing about Fanny Crosby,such an inspiration to all of us. One of my favourites is All the Way my Saviour leads me. We sing the Rich Mullins version sometimes at church but it is beautiful to know that the Lord is still blessing this song.
Love and blessings,Jean x

Honeycombs said...

Hi Aliene,no posts for a month, hope all is well and that you're just on holiday. Blessings, Jean