Music To My Ears!

Music To My Ears!
Frances Jane Crosby, more commonly known as Fanny Crosby lived from 1820AD – 1915AD.  At six weeks old, she caught a cold and developed inflammation of the eyes, the treatment likely blinded her, although modern physicians think that her blindness was more likely congenital and, given her age, may simply not have been noticed at first by her parents.
Her father died when she was only six months old. She was raised by her mother and grandmother. These women grounded her in Christian principles, helping her memorize long passages from the Bible,
At age eight, she wrote her first poem which described her condition. She later said: "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.” 
Billy Graham said, “Despite her blindness, Crosby did not spend her life in bitterness and defeat but instead dedicated her life to Christ.”
Fanny Crosby wrote the words to more than 8,000 hymns.  Some of the most favorite hymns are still sung today.  You may be familiar with “To God Be the Glory,” “Rescue the Perishing.” and “Blessed Assurance” 
When Fanny died, her tombstone carried these words, “Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine. Oh what a foretaste of glory divine.”  In her life’s tremendous struggles, she knew the power of keeping her ‘spiritual eyes’ on Christ and Heaven!
Try reading a song from a hymnal as simply a poem.  Let the words direct your thoughts about God’s goodness, faithfulness, and power to help strengthen your faith. 
Don’t neglect reading the Scriptural Psalms, they too were poetic and inspired for our benefit.  Their rhyming qualities changed through language translations but their message reaches to our core.
Colossians 3:16  “Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts.