by Mrs Seaton

Dear Boys and Girls,

About a hundred-and-fifty years ago a little girl was born into a family by the name of Crosby who lived in the city of New York in the United States of America. The little girl was named Frances, but it soon became obvious that Frances was unable to see like other children. She soon became totally blind and had to attend a special school for blind children.

Once she learnt how to read and write with special books and "pens" she began to compose little poems. As she grew older these poems became more serious and then, once she had become a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ her poems became hymns that told about what He had done when He died on the Cross and what He meant to her. "Praise Him, Praise Him, Jesus our blessed Redeemer," is one of her hymns, and there are many, many more.

Another famous lady hymn write or that time heard abut Frances Crosby, and her name was Frances Ridely Havergal. When she heard that Frances Crosby was blind she began to wonder how she could compose such lovely hymns. She soon found the answer and wrote it in a little poem about Frances Crosby.

"Must not the world be a desolate place,
    For eyes that are sealed with the seal of years?
Eyes that are open only for tears?
    How can she sing in the dark like this?
What is her fountain of light and bless?"

(And here was the answer, boys and girls)        

"Her heart can see, her heart can see!
    Well may she sing so joyously!
For the King Himself in His tender Grace,
     Has shown her the brightness of His Face …
Bright cloud indeed must that darkness be,
     Where "Jesus only" the heart can see."

You see, boys and girls, we can't "see" Jesus today with our "physical" eyesight, but we see Him by having faith in our hearts. That's what Frances Crosby had; and that's what Frances Ridely Havergal meant when she said, "Her heart can see, her heart can see."

Listen to what the Bible says: "Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God." They shall see Him now by faith, and then in heaven for evermore.

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