Draw Me Nearer...

It seemed purposeful to me this morning when I opened up my devotional and saw that it was talking about Fanny Crosby.  I just recently finished a recording project, and all of the songs on it are songs that I've written, except for one...written by Fanny Crosby.  Because of that, she's been on my mind lately.  I've wondered about her, about her story, I just hadn't stopped to research her yet.

I never knew, until reading the devotion this morning, that Fanny was blind.  She lost her sight when she was six weeks old.  However, that didn't stop her from being who God called her to be.  Fanny wrote over 8,500 songs, including some of our best known hymns like,  "Blessed Assurance",  "To God Be the Glory", and "All the Way My Savior Leads Me".

The song of hers that I recorded is "Draw Me Nearer".  She and musician William Doane had been discussing the nearness of God one evening.  When Fanny went to her room she couldn't get the conversation out of her mind.  Before she went to sleep the lines of "I am thine O Lord" were running through her brain.  She got up the next morning and recited them to William Doane, who then put the words to music.

Every line of this song resonates with me...but especially these words...

"I am thine Oh Lord, I have heard thy voice, and it told thy love to me..."
"Consecrate me now to thy service Lord, by thy power of grace divine, let my soul look up with a steadfast hope and my will be lost in Thine."  
"Oh the pure delight of a single hour that before thy throne I spend..."
"There are depths of love that I cannot know till I cross the narrow sea.  There are heights of joy that I may not reach till I rest in peace with Thee"

Once, when someone pitied her for being blind, Fanny had this to say, "Do you know that if at birth I had been able to make one petition, it would have been that I was born blind?...Because when I get to heaven, the first face that shall ever gladden my sight will be that of my Savior."

You can hear my rendition of this song here.

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