This month I’ve written about the many uncertainties in life; but as Christians we have the “blessed assurance” of Christ’s atoning sacrifice and love. Composer Phoebe Palmer Knapp (1839-1908) played a melody to Fanny Crosby and asked, “What does this say to you?” Crosby replied that the tune said, “Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine!” and proceeded to recite the entire first stanza of the now-famous hymn. Knapp was one of several tune writers that worked with Fanny Crosby (1820-1915), a blind hymnist who began composing at the age of six. She authored more than 8000 hymns and this is one of her most popular.
For another hymn by Fanny Crosby, see this post: