Friday, May 18, 2012

She can see her Savior now - Fanny Crosby

Many of you know that I have a special fondness for the old hymns and gospel songs. Yesterday's study reminded me of a very old song, and of the special woman who wrote it.
Fanny Crosby wrote over 8,000 hymns and songs, and in her lifetime (1820-1915), was one of the best-known women in the United States.  She was blinded by an incompetent doctor at the age of six weeks, but in later years she said this about her blindness:
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 around me.
Are these hymns familiar to you? Blessed Assurance, All the Way My Savior Leads Me, and many, many more. She could not see the earthly things around her, but her hymns have led many to the Lord.

Here is her hymn, "Never Lose the Golden Rule" . . .

Never lose the golden rule,
Keep it still in view;
Do to others as you would
They should do to you.
Kindly, gently,
In their burden bear a part,
Meekly chiding
With a loving heart.

Never lose the golden rule,
Keep it still in view;
Do to others as you would
They should do to you.
Help the feeble ones along,
Cheer the faint and weak;
To the sorrow-laden heart
Words of comfort speak.
Freely, freely,
From the bounty of your store,
Cheerful givers,
Help the humbler poor.

Love the Lord, the first command,
With thy soul and mind;
Love thy neighbor as thyself,
Both in one combined.
Justly, justly,
With each other strive to live,
Ever ready,
Willing to forgive.

Have a pleasant weekend, and a blessed and restful Sunday.


Belinda said...

That's such a sweet hymn. I've never heard it before. Thanks for sharing that and for your hard week of posts! I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

Carrie P. said...

words to live by. have a great weekend too.

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Hillbilly Tonya said...

This is beautiful; and does go so well with yesterday's post. Have a wonderful weekend.