The hymnwriter Fanny Crosby gave us more than 6,000 gospel songs. Although blinded by an illness at the age of 6 weeks, she never became bitter. One time a preacher sympathetically remarked, “I think it is a great pity that the Master did not give you sight when He showered so many other gifts upon you.”
She replied quickly, “Do you know that if at birth I had been able to make one petition, it would have been that I should be born blind?”
“Why?” asked the surprised clergyman.
“Because when I get to heaven, the first face that shall ever gladden my sight will be that of my Savior!”
One of Miss Crosbys hymns was so personal that for years she kept it to herself. Kenneth Osbeck, author of several books on hymnology, says its revelation to the public came about this way:
“One day at the Bible conference in Northfield, Massachusetts, Miss Crosby was asked by D.L. Moody to give a personal testimony. At first she hesitated, then quietly rose and said, There is one hymn I have written which has never been published. I call it my souls poem. Sometimes when I am troubled, I repeat it to myself, for it brings comfort to my heart. She then recited while many wept,
Someday the silver cord will break,
and I no more as now shall sing;
but oh, the joy when I shall wake
within the palace of the King!
And I shall see Him face to face,
and tell the storysaved by grace!”
At the age of 95 Fanny Crosby passed into glory and saw the face of Jesus.