Have you ever been in that place of grief where you can't articulate one word, one thought? Your gut is twisted to such a degree that you can only close your eyes and focus on one single name—Jesus. I grew up listening to the words of "'Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus," but never have I learned the story behind the song.
Louisa became a Christian at the age of 9, and felt called to the missionary field in her twenties. She married and she and her husband had a little girl, Lily. During a family outing, tragedy struck.
“When the child was four years of age, the family decided one day to enjoy the sunny beach at Long Island Sound, New York. While eating their picnic lunch, they suddenly heard cries of help and spotted a drowning boy in the sea. Mr. Stead charged into the water. As often happens, however, the struggling boy pulled his rescuer under water with him, and both drowned before the terrified eyes of wife and daughter. Out of her ‘why?’ struggle with God during the ensuing days glowed these meaningful words from the soul of Louisa Stead.”
Taken from umcdiscipleship.org.
Louisa Stead penned the lyrics from a place of intense grief. The song itself is described as the Jesus mantra because of the number of times the name, Jesus, is written.
In a dark night such as this, that one word can focus your grief on a pinpoint of light. A light that has always been there, but only now is cast into your vision as if looking through a telescope.
Amanda Williams is a forty-year old wife and mother of two who can still swing her pony tail and display just a tad of sass. She is also a Jesus loving girl who realizes she is nothing without the One who saved her. Amanda has two degrees specializing in serving students with special needs and is currently working in the field of Leadership Development. She is a Christian author, speaker, blogger, and publisher who loves serving beside her husband at her local place of worship, First Baptist Church of Ocala.