Blessed Assurance

Fanny Crosby (1820-1915)

Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine!
Oh, what a foretaste of glory divine!
Heir of salvation, purchase of God,
Born of His Spirit, washed in His blood

Fanny Crosby was born in New York in 1820. Blinded as a baby, her father died and her 21 year old mother had to work. Her grandmother brought her up and educated her, developing her descriptive abilities and encouraging her faith.

Fanny claimed God’s personal and direct revelation as her source of inspiration in her hymn writing.

Sometimes I find Crosby’s certainty, this ‘blessed assurance’, difficult – no doubts; all is triumph, joy and victory.

I identify with Jeff Lucas: ‘I am never sure if God is speaking to me, even after being a Christian for over thirty five years. At times I am unable to tell the difference between the voice of the eternal God and the meanderings of my own imagination.’

Fanny Crosby was remarkable, influencing the spiritual life of a number of US presidents, writing hymns that Christians throughout the world could relate to.

Perfect submission, all is at rest,
I in my Saviour am happy and blest,
Watching and waiting, looking above,
Filled with His goodness, lost in His love.

How can I, with my doubts, contradictions, and unanswered questions, sing and appreciate this hymn?

It is simple, expressing authentic, consistent and honest faith that I can cling to in times of doubt or struggle.

It is aspirational. I am never where Crosby was when she wrote this – but it is where I wish to be.

It is spiritual, pointing beyond the human, material and present, to love, mercy, and the ‘no-fully-understood’ and unseen eternal.

This is my story, this is my song,
Praising my Saviour all the day long;
This is my story, this is my song,
Praising my Saviour all the day long.


‘Blessed assurance’ Written by Fanny J Crosby (1820-1915). She began composing hymns at age 6, writing more than 8,000 hymns. She wrote this hymn in 1873 when she was 53.

Jeff Lucas (with Adrian Plass) ‘Seriously Funny’

2 thoughts on “Blessed Assurance

  1. I can relate to what you say. Have often thought I must be a disaster not having her assurance. I think the answer is in thanksgiving. Always being thankful promotes trust.


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