On a beautiful sunny day in 1882, Louisa Stead, along with her husband and daughter, decided to have a picnic on Long Island Sound. While enjoying their picnic, they heard the cry of a young boy calling for help. Mr. Stead quickly ran to the boy’s aid, but was unable to save the young boy and both he and the boy drowned while Louisa and Lily watched hopelessly from the shore.
When Louisa and Lily were left destitute with no food or way to adequately support themselves, someone would feel led to place a basket of food outside their door. Louisa saw this as the grace of God that provided for her and her daughter in their time of need. After such an occasion, Louisa wrote the words to a poem that later became the hymn, “Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus.”
In the years to come, both Louisa and Lily would serve as missionaries in South Africa.
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!