Echoes of Mercy

Who, but Fanny Crosby, being blind almost since birth, could be more attuned to the sounds of God’s goodness so as to draw our attention to “echoes of mercy and whispers of love?” Thus this well loved hymn written in the midst of the shadow of the Civil War (1873) is itself a “foretaste of glory divine.”

Blessed Assurance, by Fanny Crosby

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.

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

Perfect submission, perfect delight,
Visions of rapture now burst on my sight;
Angels, descending, bring from above
Echoes of mercy, whispers of love.

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

To hear “Blessed Assurance,” go to this rendition by Third Day.

About R.H. (Rusty) Foerger

As I enter the third third of life, I am becoming aware of the role of elders today “to enlarge spiritual vision, being devoted to prayer, living in the face of death, as a living curriculum of the Christian life” (Dr. James M. Houston). I am a life long and life wide learner who seeks to: *decipher the enigma of our worth *rescue from the agony of prayerlessness *integrate spiritual friendship.
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6 Responses to Echoes of Mercy

  1. Very well noted Rusty. With all the blessings that we have, you have to wonder what our world is complaining about. We need to be very thankful.

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  2. exoticnita54 says:

    Thank you so much for the reminder of that song….

    I can still remember singing 🎤 it out loudly..

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  3. As a born singer, I loved her and I love many of the composers’ stories behind the old hymns. I feel it’s been a disservice to our children growing up without hearing some of these great testimonies/songs. Even though, I helped lead worship along with my fellow team members as we sang all the popular worship music, I still took an old hymn book home in an effort to teach my own children long loved hymns that I grew up with. 😊Many of the lyrics come out of tragedy and yet encourage us all to press on and trust our Saviour. I 💓 the power behind these songs!

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    • You are right that there is a richness in these hymns. When it comes to worship and passing on some of the great hymns, sometimes it is up to us to sing them with our children (as you have). I sang them when I put my children to bed; the hymns remain a favourite of some of my children. Still and all, singing a “new song” is part of the creative impulse of the Creator God – and I hope we are wise enough to remember the songs and words of those who’ve gone before us. May you worship with joy.

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