Oh, Those Coincidences!

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This happens a lot, around here.

When I don’t find a hymn request waiting for me in the morning, I choose a hymn to post–usually the first one that pops into my head, without premeditation. And of course there are thousands and thousands of hymns to choose from!

So I post the hymn I’ve just thought of; and by and by I get a notice from a reader, “I was just about to ask you for that hymn!” It doesn’t happen all the time, but it does happen pretty often. Certainly often enough to notice.

It’s not like we have a limited selection. I post a lot of hymns I never heard before, because readers have requested them. Fanny Crosby alone wrote eight or nine thousand hymns: how long would it take us just to post all of hers?

I don’t make these coincidences happen. Maybe God does.

What do you think?

‘Blessed Assurance’

I don’t know about you, but right now I need all the assurance I can get. I’m just about tapped out.

This is Blessed Assurance by Fanny Crosby, published in 1873, sung here by the Harpeth Gospel Quartet. One of eight or nine thousand hymns she wrote…

By Request, ‘Jesus, Keep Me Near the Cross’

We have a hymn request from Phoebe–Jesus, Keep Me Near the Cross, a classic hymn by Fanny Crosby, sung by the Smucker Family.

It crosses my mind just now, “How good this is!” I’ll have to write about that a little later.

‘To God Be the Glory’

No requests from readers yet today, so I’ll go with one of my favorite hymns–To God Be the Glory, sung by the Apostolic Christian Men’s Group. While you’re listening, check out the lyrics by Fanny Crosby. And the background sets by God the Father.

‘Blessed Assurance’

Here’s one of the eight or nine thousand hymns written by Fanny Crosby, this one in 1873–Blessed Assurance, sung by the Harpeth Gospel Quartet. No hymn requests from any of the readers today, so I’m on my own.

By Request, ‘Draw Me Nearer’

That last nooze story really cheesed me off–not good for the ol’ blood pressure. I turn to a hymn as an antidote.

Requested by Phoebe, a classic hymn by Fanny Crosy, a Sunday school favorite–Draw Me Nearer. And I wish I could tell you who was singing it, so we could thank him. Well, thank you, whoever you are.

Encore: ‘He Hideth My Soul’

(We haven’t had any hymn requests from readers since WordPress jumbled up the comments. It’s not my fault! Still working on trying to fix it.)

We can’t do better than a classic hymn by Fannie Crosby–He Hideth My Soul, performed by the Antrim Mennonite Choir.

‘Safe in the Arms of Jesus’

No hymn requests yet today, and I’m probably at work earlier than is good for me… So let’s have this: One of the eight or nine thousand hymns written by Fanny Crosby, Safe in the Arms of Jesus. Sung by the Altar of Praise Chorale.

‘Jesus, Keep Me Near the Cross’

We haven’t heard this hymn in a while, have we? Jesus, Keep Me Near the Cross–a dear old classic by Fanny Crosby, sung here by the Smucker Family. Background sets by God the Father.

‘Blessed Assurance’ (Joshua & Jeremy)

Our dear friends and colleagues Joshua and Jeremy produced this video for Father’s Day–a classic hymn by Fanny Crosby, Blessed Assurance.

When we first posted these videos, Jeremy was this little guy, Joshua’s little brother. Now he’s the big guy. Seems like only yesterday, doesn’t it?