Saturday, January 8, 2011

" 'Tis So Sweet To Trust In Jesus"

"'Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus,
Just to take Him at His word;
Just to rest upon His promise;
Just to know,"Thus saith the Lord."

Jesus, Jesus, how I trust Him!
How I've proved Him o'er and o'er!
Jesus, Jesus, precious Jesus!
O for grace to trust Him more!

O how sweet to trust in Jesus,
Just to trust His cleansing blood;
Just in simple faith to plunge me
'Neath the healing, cleansing flood!

Yes, 'tis sweet to trust in Jesus,
Just from sin and self to cease;
Just from Jesus simply taking
Life and rest and joy and peace.

I'm so glad I learned to trust Thee,
Precious Jesus, Savior, Friend;
And I know that Thou art with me,
Wilt be with me to the end."

Louisa M.R. Stead left England to come to America in 1871 following a call to missionary work. She was married in 1875 and had a little girl. When the child was four years old, the family went to Long Island Sound, N.Y. for a day at the beach.

As they were sitting on the beach enjoying their picnic lunch, they heard cries for help. A boy was drowning in the sea. Mr. Stead ran to the boy's rescue and, tragically, was himself drowned while trying to save the boy. His grief-stricken wife and daughter watched helplessly from the shore.

Struggling to come to terms with her loss and with her faith in God, Louisa wrote this touching hymn.



  1. Oh my, how sad. I had never read the story behind this particular hymn. It's amazing how many of the hymns that encourage us today were written by authors whose hearts were torn and stricken with some sort of sorrow.

  2. This song is always a comfort to me. I didn't know the background, but I can understand how such beautiful words could come from someone allowing God to heal her in the midst of tragedy.
    We read "A Psalm of Life" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow in jr. lit class. He wrote it three years after his first wife's death to illness when he was rallying from depression. His second wife died when her dress caught fire and he then wrote "The Cross of Snow." So many of my kids have experienced death of a loved one so that information like that always touches them deeply and inspires them to read the verse or story. Sad but true.
    As I allow myself to be immersed in American lit., I'm finding out how much of our best works came from adversity and heartache.

  3. This has to be one of my favorite hymns. As the ladies who commented above said, it really seems to be true that the most touching and meaningful writing grows out of the soil of adversity. I'm so thankful that the Lord uses our hardships to bring about much fruit.

  4. the mystery of it all.

    this is a beautiful song.

  5. Ah, trust - last year's word. And made more special with this story.

  6. Such a wonderful song. The old hymns are the best. It seems the Holy Spirit speaks to me through them. I especially like those written by Fanny J. Crosby. Could you give us her story?

  7. I have been there...
    I never knew this sad.
    What a brave man...and what a tragedy for the Family
    Of course I was singing the tune as I read through the words (o:

  8. I always love learning how a song/hymn came about and although this one was written because of a very sad event, it makes the words mean that much more. xoxo

  9. oh, Linda.
    thank you for sharing this.
    I can't even imagine.

    beauty from the heart break .