Tis So Sweet

Lead your group in worship through the story behind a beloved hymn.

Leader:

  1. Read the following and then if possible play the song Tis So Sweet and sing along (be sure everyone has the lyrics). If you can't sing along, read the lyrics.
  2. After singing or reading ask your group to share ways that they are choosing to trust Jesus for something specifically or ways that they have had to choose to trust Him in the past.
  3. After you sense everyone has shared take a minute to give praise to God by praying together. Have people, popcorn style, thank God for taking care of their specific and general needs.
  4. Sing this old hymn again in closing of your worship time.

Louisa Stead and her husband were relaxing with their four-year-old daughter on a Long Island beach when they heard a desperate child's cry.

A boy was drowning, and Louisa's husband tried to rescue him.

In the process, however, the boy pulled Mr. Stead under the water, and both drowned as Louisa and her daughter watched.

Louisa Stead was left with no means of support except the Lord. She and her daughter experienced dire poverty. One morning, when she had neither funds nor food for the day, she opened the front door and found that someone had left food and money on her doorstep. That day she wrote this hymn.

Tis So Sweet

Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus
Just to take Him at His word
Just to rest upon his promise
Just to know, "thus saith the Lord"

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

Jesus, Jesus how I trust Him
How I've proved Him o'er and o'er
Jesus, Jesus precious Jesus
Oh for grace to trust Him more

I'm so glad I learned to trust Him
Precious Jesus, Savior, Friend
And I know that Thou art with me
Wilt be with me to the end

—Louisa Stead

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