Frances Jane Crosby is better known as Fanny Crosby, affectionately known as Aunt Fanny, and after being married, was known as Mrs. Van Alstyne.
At only six weeks old, an incapable doctor in New York blinded her. Even from a young age, Fanny believed her blindness was a gift from God.
She was acquainted with the God of the Bible from a young age—she would memorize whole books of the Bible!
Fanny always remembers knowing and loving Jesus, but says that later in her adult life she truly grasped what he did for her personally in his death and resurrection. It was knowing Jesus Christ that filled Fanny’s life with light and joy, and inspired her songs.
She loved writing poetry and hymns, and composing music. Her lyrics are still sung by modern artists today, and her hymns are some of the most famous Christian hymns in the world.
Some of her more popular hymns are, “To God Be the Glory,” “Praise Him, Praise Him,” “Draw me Close,” and “Blessed Assurance.”
Not only was Fanny a poet, writer, and composer, but she was also a Baptist deaconess, and missionary. After living a rich life, she passed away at the age of 94.
by Fanny Crosby
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"Neither this man nor his parents sinned," said Jesus, "but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him.”
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
To weep and sigh
because I'm blind
I cannot, and I won't!
The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. For what we preach is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake. For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ.
It seemed intended
by the blessed providence of God
that I should be blind
all my life,
and I thank him for the dispensation.
If perfect earthly sight were offered me tomorrow
I would not accept it.
I might not have sung hymns to the
praise of God if I had
by the beautiful and
For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.
Someday the silver
cord will break,
and I no more
as now shall sing;
but oh, the joy
when I shall wake
within the palace of the king!
And I shall see him
face to face,
and tell the story—
saved by grace!