Thursday, January 3, 2013


 Fanny Crosby
This is my first blog since Christmas.  I enjoyed writing each day of Advent.  I will enjoy transcribing my meditations during the year of our Lord, 2013.  The  word for today is "SEE."

Isaiah 60:3 The Gentiles shall come to your light,
And kings to the brightness of your rising.

4 “Lift up your eyes all around, and see:
They all gather together, they come to you;
Your sons shall come from afar,
And your daughters shall be nursed at your side.
5 Then you shall see and become radiant,
And your heart shall swell with joy;
Because the abundance of the sea shall be turned to you,
The wealth of the Gentiles shall come to you.(NKJV)
 Jeremiah 29:13 And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.
Someone has said, "No one can be so blind as those who have eyes and yet do not see."  My prayer is that in this year each of us as God's Children will see that which God wants us to see.  There is a difference between the way a true artist sees things about him and the way many of us often see things.  Most of us see the forest but the artist sees the trees that make up the forest.  We may see the tree, but the artist sees the leaves, the limbs, the branches etc.  We may see the green of the leaves but the artist sees the various shades of green even on the same leaf. 

In a spiritual way may God give us the eyes of an artist.  In seeing the evidence of God in creation may God give us the ability to see hope and not despair, joy and not just sorrow, beauty and not the ugly that mankind has made.  May we see God working behind the scenes to finalize His grand purpose.  May we see and experience His peace as we get another year older; if God allows us to live out 2013.

What a blessed year we would have if we could learn to emulate the character of the great hymn writer, Fanny Crosby.

Fanny Crosby (1820-1915) wrote more than 8,000 songs in her lifetime even though she was blinded at six weeks of age by a medical error. She was one of the most prolific hymn writers in history.
  • Wrote 8,000 poems (song lyrics). She wrote so many that sometimes she did not recognize the words when she heard one of her own songs.
  • 200 pen names. Publishers did not want the public to know she had written so many of their hymns. Daily productivity. Could write up to seven hymns in one day.
  • No copyrights. Was paid only $1 or $2 for each poem and had no copyrights. The composers of the tunes usually kept all the rights.
  • Living simply. In spite of the urging of friends and admirers, she chose to live among the poor.
  • Simplifying the Gospel. She wrote for those who might not understand preaching and many were saved as a result.
The following is a poem written about Fanny Crosby:

Her heart can see, her heart can see!
Well may she sing so joyously!
For the King himself, in his tender grace,
Hath shown her the brightness of his face;
And who shall pine for a glow-worm light,
When the Sun goes forth in his radiant might?
She can read his law as a shining chart,
For his finger hath written it on her heart;
She can read his love, for on all her way
His hand is writing it every day.
“Bright cloud” indeed must that darkness be,
Where “Jesus only” the heart can see.

Christian Poetry by Frances R. Havergal
Public Domain

1 comment:

Angie said...

What an incredible woman!
Great post.