And we desire each one of you to show the same earnestness to have the full assurance of hope until the end, so that you may not be sluggish, but imitators of those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.
On this date in 1820, one of the most prolific hymn writers in American history was born in Putnam County, NY. By the time she died at the age of 94, Fanny Crosby had published as many as 9,000 hymns, using her own name at times, but also over 200 different pseudonyms (a modest attempt to prevent her name from appearing too frequently in hymnals). Many of these hymns were paired with melodies by her friend Phoebe Knapp, including what is perhaps her best known hymn text, “Blessed Assurance”. Continue reading