“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice”
“I Am Thine, O Lord”
(Please read John 12:32)
Like Timothy, Fanny J. Crosby was strongly influenced by a woman named Eunice. It was Timothy’s mother and Fanny’s grandmother who bore that name. After Fanny was blinded in infancy, her grandmother helped her learn Bible verses. Later another woman, the Crosby family’s landlady, continued that teaching, planning to help Fanny memorize the entire Bible. It is said that the girl eventually memorized the Pentateuch, Proverbs, some Psalms, and the Gospels, plus other portions of the Bible.
With those scriptures in her head, it is no wonder that Fanny found material for over 8000 hymns, many of which survive and are still regularly offered in praise and petition to God from countless places of worship.
It was during a visit to the home of W.H. Doane in Cincinnati in 1875 that Fanny Crosby wrote the hymn whose title is shown above. She and her host were talking about God as the shades of night began gathering around them. Filled with thoughts of God’s nearness to his people, she wrote the words before she went to bed. Mr. Doane composed the music, and the song has touched hearts ever since.
In a small West Texas church, a brother used to lead this song quite often. So often in fact, that years later a speaker at his funeral mentioned that this was perhaps the departed brother’s favorite song. And the large crowd of friends and relatives smiled and wept with joy as they realized that this good man had lived up to the song so well – he was God’s man. How wonderful if that can be said of each of us!