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All the way my Savior leads me;
What have I to ask beside?
Can I doubt His tender mercy,
Who through life has been my Guide?
Heav’nly peace, divinest comfort,
Here by faith in Him to dwell!
For I know, whate’er befall me,
Jesus doeth all things well;
For I know, whate’er befall me,
Jesus doeth all things well.

Fanny Jane Crosby

All the Way My Savior Leads Me

This is not the song of a woman whose life was sunshine and rainbows. In fact, if Fanny Crosby’s life included either sunshine or rainbows, she wouldn’t have known it. Due to an infection as an infant — and quite possibly the poultice the doctor put on her eyes to clear it up — Fanny Crosby was blind. She was not bitter, however, and even found reasons to be grateful for her condition. This particular song came at a moment when she could not afford to pay her rent. After she had prayed over the situation, a stranger knocked on her door and handed her some money. It was the exact amount she owed.

Fanny Crosby’s rich history with the Lord is palpable in this song. It tells of a woman who really knew her Savior, who walked with Him through a journey that could not have been easy. I do not pretend to possess a faith like hers. I remember moments when I have cried and asked why rather than been grateful for all that I have been given. But I look back and realize that “Heav’nly peace,” “divinest comfort,” were part of those moments because the Savior was there. He was there! And in them I learned that His peace is different from anything this world has to offer. I learned that true comfort is found in Him alone. Though my burdens have been different than Fanny Crosby’s, this song touches my spirit. For I, too, have walked a journey with my Savior, and He has proved Himself faithful to me.

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