Wednesday, June 24, 2009

The glorious sight of Fanny Crosby

I remember hearing this quote long ago and have never forgot it..... It is one of those quotes that should convict us all of our weak appraisal of Christ in comparison with what this world causes our eyes to look at! I listened to a sermon by bro. Paul Washer today where he made the point that the only pull card we have is Christ (i think that's the phrase). It was Piper's book whose title says it all "God is the gospel". It was A.W. Tozer who constantly spoke of the need to 'magnify' God, to 'see Him bigger', that we have a 'small god'.
The malady of the church today is it's lack of seeing the beauty of holiness in the face of Jesus Christ, this is also the lack of any weak gospel preached today.

Here then is a quote and very short bio of Fanny Crosby

About her blindness, Fanny said:
"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."
Frances Jane Crosby was born into a family of strong Puritan ancestry on March 24, 1820. As a baby, she had an eye infection which an incompetent doctor treated by placing hot poultices on her red and inflamed eyelids. The infection did clear up, but the result was that scars formed on the eyes, and the Fanny became blind for life. A few months later, Fanny's dad became ill and died. Mercy Crosby, widowed at 21, hired herself out as a maid while Grandmother Eunice Crosby took care of little Fanny.
Fanny's grandmother took on the education herself and became the girl's eyes, vividly describing the physical world. Grandmother's careful teaching helped develop Fanny's descriptive abilities, she also nurtured Fanny's spirit. She read and carefully explained the Bible to her, and she always emphasized the importance of prayer. When Fanny became depressed because she couldn't learn as other children did, Grandmother taught her to pray to God for knowledge.
A landlady of the Crosby's also had an important role in Fanny's development. Mrs. Hawley helped Fanny memorize the Bible, and often the young girl learned five chapters a week. She knew the Pentateuch, the Gospels, Proverbs, the Song of Solomon, and many of the Psalms by heart. She developed a memory which often amazed her friends, but Fanny believed she was no different from others. Her blindness had simply forced her to develop her memory and her powers of concentration more. Blindness never produced self-pity in Fanny and she did not look on her blindness as a terrible thing. At eight years old she composed this little verse:
Oh, what a happy child I am, although I cannot see!I am resolved that in this world contented I will be!

How many blessings I enjoy that other people don't!So weep or sigh because I'm blind, I cannot - nor I won't.



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