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“Blessed Assurance”
by Fanny J. Crosby, 1820-1915
Some people claim to have accepted Christ as Saviour, yet they live in the tragic uncertainty of doubting their personal relationship with God.  The Scriptures teach, however, that we can know with absolute confidence that we have the life of God within us (1 John 5:13).  This confidence is not based on inner feelings or outer signs.  Rather, this assurance is founded upon the promises of a faithful God and His inspired Word.  It depends not on the amount of our faith but on the object of our faith: Christ Himself.
Fanny Crosby is one of the most notable names in hymnology.  Not even the loss of her eyesight could render defeat to this courageous soul.  She was born Frances Jane Crosby in Putnam County, New York on March 24th, 1820. Even blind girls can love and experience love’s cousin sorrow.  She would marry, give birth, and lose the child in infancy.  Through it all Fanny often said, “I have a jewel, I am content.” 
To the song at hand: One day in 1873 “Aunt Fanny” was visiting a friend, Mrs. Joseph Knapp, a musician of sorts and wife of the founder of the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company.  During their visit Mrs. Knapp played a tune she had recently written, then asked Fanny, “What does this tune say?”  Fanny knelt in prayer.  As she prayed, the tune was played again.  Suddenly Fanny rose from her prayer and said, “It says, ‘Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine; oh, what a foretaste of glory divine!’”  As fast as Fanny could speak, Mrs Knapp took the dictation, fitting them to the melody just as we hear it sung today.
Though blinded at six weeks of age through improper medical treatment, Fanny Crosby wrote more than 8,000 gospel songs in her lifetime – a span of almost 95 years.  She wrote many “favorites” and all have been an important part of evangelical worship for the past century.  Only eternity will reveal the number of individuals whose lives have been spiritually enriched through the texts of Fanny J. Crosby’s many hymns.  Engraved on her tombstone in Bridgeport, Connecticut, are the words taken from our Lord’s remarks to Mary, sister of Lazarus, after she had anointed Him with costly perfume, “She hath done what she could” (Mark 14:8).