In Life and Death
"In life, in death, our joy, and song is Jesus Christ exalted One." The author of these words, Fanny Crosby, perfectly embodied this phrase and lived a life that was completely oriented around the glory and praise of Jesus. At just six weeks old, Fanny was blinded by improper treatment from a man impersonating a doctor. Instead of being embittered by this reality, she recognized the grace of God in her life. As she once stated, "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." Below is a list of accomplishments that give evidence of her life being all about Jesus.
- Authored and published over 9,000 hymns.
- Authored and published over 1,000 poems.
- Wrote poems for, and became friends with, every president of her adult life.
- Crosby was contracted for three hymns per week. However, she would often write six or seven per day.
- She was heavily involved in gospel mission work and continued to fund those works after her death.
If you would like to read more on the life and work of Fanny Crosby, the following links provide excellent biographical information: