Louisa M. R. Stead, c. 1850-1917

That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ.
Ephesians 1:12

Out of one of the darkest hours of her life--the tragic drowning of her husband--a young mother proclaimed through her tears, "'Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus...and to know that Thou art with me, wilt be with me to the end." As Louisa Stead, her husband and their little daughter were enjoying an ocean side picnic one day, a drowning boy cried for help. Mr. Stead rushed to save him but was pulled under by the terrified boy. Both drowned as Louisa and her daughter watched helplessly. During the sorrowful days that followed, the words of this hymn came from the grief stricken wife's heart.

Soon after this Mrs. Stead and her daughter left for missionary work in South Africa. After more than 25 years of fruitful service, Louisa was forced to retire due to ill health. She died a few years later in Southern Rhodesia. Her fellow missionaries had always loved "'Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus" and wrote this tribute after her death:
We miss her very much, but her influence goes on as our five thousand native Christians continually sing this hymn in their native language.

Out of a deep human tragedy early in her life, Louisa Stead learned simply to trust in her LORD. She was used to "the praise of His glory" for the remainder of her life. Still today, her ministry continues each time we sing and apply the truth of these words.

Note from JMS:
Three other such wonderful hymns of faith born out of overwhelming adversity are Horatio Spafford's "It is Well with my Soul", Karolina W. Sandell-Berg's Day by Day, and the song of amazing JOY "He Keeps Me Singing". I praise God for these Christians' testimonies in song!

’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.

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.

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!

*For Today*: Psalm 91:4; Isaiah 26:3 & 4; Acts 10:43; Romans 1:16 & 17, 5:1 & 2; Ephesians 1:3-14

Express thanks to God for the lessons of trust He has taught you. Sing with this hymn writer--"O for grace to trust Him more!"

Music url: The Cyber Hymnal

Taken from Amazing Grace -- 366 Inspiring Hymn Stories for Daily Devotions © Copyright 1990 by Kenneth W. Osbeck. Published by Kregel Publications, Grand Rapids, MI. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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