MOTHER, IF I HAD A CHOICE, I would still choose to remain blind… for when I die, the first face I will ever see will be the face of my blessed Saviour.” Fanny Crosby
Blind for all of her life, Fanny Crosby, the greatest hymn writer in the history of the Christian Church, later wrote, “And I shall see Him face to face, and tell the story–saved by grace.” Though blind, she witnessed over 8,000 of her poems set to music and over 100,000,000 copies of her songs printed. As many as 200 different pen names, including Grace J. Frances, were given her works by hymn book publishers so the public wouldn’t know she wrote so large a number of them. She produced as many as seven hymn-poems in one day. On several occasions, upon hearing an unfamiliar hymn sung, she would inquire about the author, and find it to be one of her own!
Fanny gave the Christian world such songs as: A Shelter in the Time of Storm, All the Way My Saviour Leads Me, Blessed Assurance, Close to Thee, He Hideth My Soul, I Am Thine O Lord, Jesus Is Calling, My Saviour First of All, Near the Cross, Pass Me Not, Praise Him Praise Him, Redeemed, Rescue the Perishing, Safe in the Arms of Jesus, Saved by Grace, Saviour More than Life to Me, Speed Away, Take the World but Give Me Jesus, Tell Me the Story of Jesus, The Lights of Home, Thou Mighty to Save, Tho’ Your Sins Be as Scarlet, ‘Tis the Blessed Hour of Prayer, To God Be the Glory, To the Work, Will Jesus Find Us Watching–to mention but a few.
We had a great time during our evening service singing and learning the stories behind many of Fanny Crosby’s songs. Click here to listen to our entire Singspiration service. Bob Howard is the soloist before the offering and Bethany Davis played the piano for our offering. I sang a solo at the end of the service.