I hope you had a great Father’s Day weekend! In case you missed out on Friday’s hymn, Hymn of the Day: Come, People of the Risen King. Today, I must share another Fanny Crosby hymn! She had such a way with words and wrote some marvelous songs for the Church. All the Way My Savior Leads Me is a prime example of her wordsmithing abilities! Yet, the story behind the hymn is interesting.
Crosby, if you didn’t know, was blind. Despite having this disability she wrote hundreds of beloved hymns. There was a time when she was struggling to pay her rent. The story goes that she needed $5 to pay the rent (some sources say $10 so I am not sure what is the correct amount), but did not have the money. She decided to do what she knew how to do. Fanny asked God through prayer for him to provide the funds necessary to pay her rent. A short time later, within an hour of her prayer, a stranger came to her door. Guess what the stranger had for her? The exact amount of money she needed to pay her rent. The person just gave it to her! God answered her prayer.
This is what she had to say about this occasion, “I have no way of accounting for this,” she wrote, “except to believe that God, in answer to my prayer, put it into the heart of this good man to bring the money.” My first thought was, “It is so wonderful the way the Lord leads me.”
Out of this event came this well-known hymn, All the Way My Savior Leads Me.
Take a listen for yourself!
I also enjoy Chris Tomlin’s version: