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Jan 13, 2014

Day 12: God's LOVE is WIDE and HIGH and LONG and DEEP


I will lead the blind
by a way they did not know;
I will guide them on paths
they have not known.
I will turn darkness to light
in front of them
and rough places into level ground.
This is what I will do for them,
and I will not forsake them. 

Wait on Me,
I will show you My ways;
I will teach you My paths;
I will lead you in truth;
I am the God of your salvation."

~ Your Heavenly Father

taken from Isaiah 42:16; Psalm 25: 4-5 

Born Frances Jane Crosby in 1820, 
Fanny Cros­by was prob­ab­ly 
the most pro­lif­ic hymn­ist in his­to­ry. 
She became affectionately known as 
'Aunt' Fanny or simply Fanny. 
Though blind­ed by an in­com­pe­tent 
doc­tor at six weeks of age, 
over 8,000 hymns are attributed 
to her gift of being able to hear 
and see in ways few ever attain.

"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 been 
dis­tract­ed by the beau­ti­ful 
and in­ter­est­ing things about me....
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

One of her most loved HYMNS
was 'Blessed Assurance Jesus is Mine'. 

Speaking of how the words 
came to her, she said:

"My friend, Mrs. Jo­seph F. Knapp, 
com­posed a mel­o­dy and played 
it over to me two or three times 
on the pi­a­no. She then asked 
what it said. I re­plied, 
“Bles­sed as­sur­ance, Je­sus is mine!”

Blessed Assurance

Blessèd assurance, Jesus is mine!
O what a foretaste of glory divine!
Heir of salvation, purchase of God,
Born of His Spirit, washed in His blood.

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

Perfect submission, perfect delight,
Visions of rapture now burst on my sight;
Angels descending bring from above
Echoes of mercy, whispers of love.

Perfect submission, all is at rest
I in my Savior am happy and blest,
Watching and waiting, looking above,
Filled with His goodness, lost in His love.

O How WIDE and HIGH and LONG and DEEP
is God's LOVE for YOU and ME

I love that her songs were present 
with the soldiers in time of war. 
The following account blesses my spirit 
and causes me to wonder...
how different might our world might be ...
had this 'contributing honor' 
been allowed to continue - 
considering the war against Christians 
in the military these days.

“During the re­cent war in the Trans­vaal,” 
said a gen­tle­man at my meet­ing 
in Ex­e­ter Hall, Lon­don, in 1900, 
“when the sol­diers go­ing to the 
front were pass­ing ano­ther bo­dy 
of sol­diers whom they re­cog­nized, 
their greet­ings used to be, 
‘Four-nine-four, boys; 
and the sa­lute would 
in­var­i­a­bly be an­swered with 
‘Six fur­ther on, boys; 
six fur­ther on.’ 
The sig­nif­i­cance of this was that, 
in ‘Sac­red Songs and So­los,’ 
a num­ber of co­pies of the small 
edi­tion of which had been sent 
to the front, 
num­ber 494 was 
God be with you un­til we meet again;’ 
and six fur­ther on than 494, 
or num­ber 500, was
 ‘Bless­ed As­sur­ance, 
Je­sus is mine.’”  
Sankey, p. 122

In her life­time, Fan­ny Cros­by 
was one of the best known wo­men 
in the Unit­ed States. 
To this day, the vast ma­jor­i­ty 
of Amer­i­can hymn­als con­tain her work. 
When Fan­ny died, her tomb­stone 
car­ried the words, “Aunt Fan­ny” 
and “Bless­ed as­sur­ance, Jesus is mine. 
Oh, what a fore­taste of glo­ry di­vine.” 

Many of my favorite HYMNS and wealth 
of Scripture were largely due to 
'Aunt' Fanny's gift of WORDS....
written on her Heart with indelible ink...
and melting with mine.

Blessed Assurance
I Must Tell Jesus
Are You Washed in the Blood
Down At the Cross  
Leaning on the Everlasting Arms
All Hail the Power of Jesus Name
He Hideth My Soul 
Jesus is Tenderly Calling You Home
Near The Cross
Redeemed, How I Love to Proclaim It
Pass Me Not O Gentle Savior 
Rescue The Perishing
Tell me the Story of Jesus 
To God Be The Glory 
All the Way My Savior Leads Me 

Many thanks to Cyberhymnal 


  1. What a beautiful story!!! Not only about her strong faith but her disability that was not a hindrance at all and which God used for His glory! That's a favorite song we sing in the fellowship.

    I'm sure 'aunt Fanny's eyes are glowing Brighton as she looks at the Savior's face. What an encouragement for me who happened to hurt my neck and had disability knowing that God Who is able will enable me. In fact, I'm working in a few hours and I visited you at His perfect time! Thank you for this post sister. Your Spirit is on fire as I have noticed you've been posting more! Yay! Glory be to God! May He always lead us into His truth.I remember He gave me a song from this verse also.God bless.

    1. "Bright"not brighton.sorry...typo...

    2. None of us would choose to be blind ...after spending a lifetime or even a few years with sight. But she was able to see the blessing in her blindness because her sight was in the LORD.

      Likewise, we wouldn't choose a disability. It hurts. It limits us. But blindness did not hinder Fanny. It strengthened her in the things that mattered. the things that are lasting. our faith in God and our relationship with Him...as well as our relationship with people. You know this RCUBE's. You have experienced God's strength in you with this disability. He always has our best interests at heart, doesn't He? He never wastes an opportunity for a turn around anointing! He's done that in you...He allowed you to maintained your presence at the prison...because He has purpose for you there. O to be living and working in the full purpose of God!

      blessings to you dear sister
      patrina <")>><

  2. Hi Patrina,
    what a beautiful story about a beautiful lady. I recognize some of those hymns, they are beautiful.

  3. I *love* the old hymns! SO much truth and encouragement for the follower of our Lord in them! I like this story you shared here today of the soldiers and how they would greet one another with references to the hymnal they shared. SO beautiful! SO wonderful to belong to our Great God and His Family. Blessings to you! Camille

    1. In Christ, we are family!
      peaceful blessings to you Camille


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