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The Tragic Story behind the song "Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus"

Updated on February 10, 2015
Louisa Stead
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Ms. Louisa Stead
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Louisa's daughter Lily and her Father
Louisa's daughter Lily and her Father | Source

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.

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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



Please don't miss the lovely singing and video illustration of the tragedy below.

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      Joanna Chandler 2 years ago from On planet Earth

      Jesus jesus how i trust him, how i prove him more and more.

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      Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Wow, you are just going to town on these hubs aren't you? Another winner! Sad video but beautiful song. Voting up and sharing.

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      Leon Moyer 2 years ago

      So, I'm not sure about you guys, but it's impossible to read this hub without this song melodiously playing in my head.

      (It helps that you have the song ;) )Great hub! I'll have to read the others :)

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Oh, my goodness, Jo, this is so beautiful and I never knew of the tragic story behind the song. So, true, about the trials for when we persevere through all of them in this life, and there will be many, as He has told us in His word, our faith and trust in Him grows stronger each time!

      Yes, Jesus, Jesus!

      Up and more, pinning, tweeting

      God bless you dear one,

      Faith Reaper

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      Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton

      I am like Faith in not knowing the sad story behind the song hey I got an error message while trying to play the video clip...:(

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      Rebecca Mealey 2 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Oh, thank you for sharing the bittersweet story behind this song. It has always been one of my favorite hymns.

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      Word 2 years ago from Chicago

      Wonderful song glorifying our Savior. Thank you for sharing Lady Fiddler!

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      Joanna Chandler 2 years ago from On planet Earth

      Oh my Jackie i was so busy this weekend sorry about my late response. I need to get sometime off a break a breather it's just work and more worker.

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      Joanna Chandler 2 years ago from On planet Earth

      Hey Imoyer92 good to see you on this side.

      Thanks for your lovely comment see me soon on your side.

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      Joanna Chandler 2 years ago from On planet Earth

      LOL Faith you make me feel excited!

      Good morning to you i was knocked up run here and there for the weekend sorry for responding so late.

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      Joanna Chandler 2 years ago from On planet Earth

      Oh Oh Frank sorry to hear that well you need to try back because your missing a treat :). Thank you and sorry for being a bad girl i will be at your hubs soooooon forgive me.

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      Joanna Chandler 2 years ago from On planet Earth

      Hi Rebeccamealey thanks much and you are welcome anytime :)

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      Joanna Chandler 2 years ago from On planet Earth

      Good morning word55 thanks a million :)

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      I love this song, but never knew its origin. Thank you for relating the story. This is my prayer, "O for grace to trust Him more."

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      Sunny River 2 years ago from A Place Without A Name which resides somewhere between Fantasy and Belief, just north of Reality

      This is a great song and now I know the history behind it. That's so cool! Thanks for sharing. :)

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      Joanna Chandler 2 years ago from On planet Earth

      Hi MsDora yes WONDERFUL you keep it as your prayer we need His grace every second.

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      Joanna Chandler 2 years ago from On planet Earth

      Hi sunny river thanks so much :)

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      Evagrier11@aol.com 2 years ago

      Thank you so very much. I am in a Worship and Music class and this is the song that I chose for my report. It was one of my late mother's favorite. Also, thank you for the pictures and the video. It is conveys a very powerful message: God is love and He loves us.

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      Joanna Chandler 2 years ago from On planet Earth

      Hello Evagrier11 I am pleased to know that you liked my hub and yes that songs is a wonderful song. Enjoy worshiping your Creature my dear.

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      Cyber Hymnal 2 years ago

      The images labeled with Stead's name are actually of Louisa May Alcott, author "Little Women." See

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Louisa_May_Alcott

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      Joanna Chandler 2 years ago from On planet Earth

      Hi Cyber Hymnal well I can only go with what the net says or url the image was assigned to . I cannot go in search of every image to find out its original creator. Thanks anyhow for your information.

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