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.