And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out and say, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” Mark 10:47 ESV
Fanny Crosby is one of America’s most popular hymn writers, and though she is best known for Blessed Assurance, Pass Me Not, is special, because just like the man, who cried out to Jesus, Fanny Crosby was blind. In her life, Fanny composed thousands of hymns, advocated in Washington D.C. for education for the blind, worked in New York’s inner-city missions and gave away most of the little money which she received for her writing. Pass Me Not O Gentle Savior was written in 1868 after a visit to a prison. As she was passing through the corridors, she heard one of the inmates crying out, “Don’t pass me by!” and they became the central image of this hymn.
But whether you are sitting as a blind beggar on the side of the street or sitting in the finest hotel in New York, Jesus is passing by. Compared to the Son of God, we are all blind beggars and in desperate need of His healing touch. He is ready to come to us at any moment, yet He waits for us to see our need, listen for His footsteps and call out to Him. When we cry out, He will stop; He will turn; and He will call us to come. Will you run to him today?
Today’s hymn was recorded last week on my return to Sunshine Memory Care after a three-week pause due to my own battle with Covid. What a wonderful time we had in that short visit. Imagine what it will be like when we gather around Jesus in Heaven. We will all certainly look different, and we will sing with all our hearts because there our eyes will be opened, and we will see Jesus as He truly is!