Louisa M.R. Stead (1850-1917) felt the call to the mission field at an early age. That dream was hindered due to her frail health.
At age 25 she married and a year later gave birth to a beautiful baby girl; Lily. Several years after Lily’s birth, Stead’s young husband suddenly died while trying to save a drowning child.
In response to her grief, Stead penned the words to Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus.
Years later, Stead would remarry. She would also realize her dream to be a missionary. Her daughter Lily would continue that dream by also entering the mission field. Stead’s life was a testimony to the faithfulness of God.
The words of Stead’s poem were put to music by famed musician William J. Kirkpatrick, and subsequently published in several hymnals.
The tragedy that prompted the lyrics of Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus has resulted in bringing comfort to many souls, for close to 130 years.
Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus
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!
‘Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus,
And to take Him at His Word;
Just to rest upon His promise,
And to know, ‘Thus says the Lord!’
O how sweet to trust in Jesus,
Just to trust His cleansing blood;
And 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.
“In You our fathers put their trust; they trusted and You delivered them.” (Psalm 22:4-5)
With many peaceful blessings