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The Tragic Story behind the song "Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus"
Stories we can take in life and make it an example to ours, too many times we complain about our trials etc to God. Not seeing that He’s only doing it to make us strong because to be a soldier we must have stamina, endurance and backbone. GOD doesn’t send trials because he hates us, NO! It’s because he LOVES us but due to our human mind we cannot always fathom his plans for us.
I love the song “Tis so sweet to Trust in Jesus just to take him at his word”. I am sure many of you might have heard it but never knew the tragic trial that put pen and paper to these words. Why the composer felt inspired to write the song was it just a mere inspiration or the love of God in a situation that compelled those words of inspiration that can bless many of us in the future years to come.
In the year of 1850 Louisa M.R. Stead was born she felt a spiritual calling from an early age. At the age of twenty five (25) she married and a year later she give birth to a beautiful baby girl. They named her Lily, when Lily was around 8-10 years old. Louisa and her husband decide to go on a picnic by the seaside with their daughter.
While eating and enjoying their picnic, there was a cry for help a young boy was drowning, Louisa’s husband felt compelled to help this little boy and he got up from where he was sitting and headed for the waters. He was unable to save the young boy and they both drowned while Louisa and Lily watched hopelessly from the shore. Their joys were turned into utter despair and sadness filled their hearts, the picnic had gone sour.
Louisa was unable to maintain and support her daughter financially, but somehow whenever Louisa was at her last or had nothing to eat some good soul would feel led to bake a pie, or rest a basket outside her door. So that she and Lily can have something to eat, Louisa saw this as the grace of God that provided for her in her time of trial and need; through this her faith and trust in God only grew stronger.
Years later She remarry and her love for God was even greater than before, she remember that God was always there for her throughout the good and bad times in her life. Louisa was then inspired to write the poem “Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus” to show her faithfulness of God. Her daughter lily followed in her mother’s footsteps and fell in love with the Lord also.
Famed musician William J. Kirkpatrick put music to Louisa Stead’s poem and it was published in several hymnals. Today this song has blessed many souls even in the times of their own perils and tragedies in life.
A verse from the song
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!
Written by: Joanna Chandler
Copyright © 2014
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