Pastor’s Memo… Fanny Crosby was a blind American hymnist. Over 8,000 religious poems are attributed to her and many of them were set to music. That would make her more prolific than Charles Wesley, who was said to have written something in the neighborhood 7,000 poems; many of them also being set to music. Her hymns are sung by Christians around the world. As you might surmise, she is very well known. Born in 1820, she was of a patriotic Revolutionary War linage. When only 24 years old she sang for the United States Congress and was recognized by former president John Quincy Adams, then a U.S. Representative from Massachusetts. Life is full of amazements. A blind hymn writer sings for Congress and a former president knows her. She’s descended from American Revolutionary spies and is related to Harry Lillis Crosby; better known as Bing Crosby. She touches thousands of lives every day in the hymns she wrote. According to her autobiography, never once did she wonder why she was born blind. She did, however, count her blindness a blessing, in that she noted she was never influenced by the presumed beauty of the Lord's creation. It allowed her to write her poetry unimpeded by distractions. Fanny Crosby was a wife and mother. She was never financially well off. All in all, she led a starkly provisioned life in many, many places and died at 94 in 1915. By all accounts she was generous when able, fiercely patriotic, and an abolitionist. She was a Methodist from her conversion in 1850 and faithfully supported the denomination's missionary outreaches to the homeless, poor, and hungry. What a powerful legacy and a reminder that physical limitations need not impede one's faithful witness to God.
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