And now there is one.
With the recent death of Barbara West Dainton, all of the survivors of the sinking of the Titanic are gone except Miss Elizabeth “Millvina” Dean of Southampton, England, who was but 2 months old at the time of the ship’s first and last voyage. She was eight years old before anybody told her about the disaster she had survived and in which her father perished.
I must count myself among the millions of people who are still fascinated by the tale. The iceberg-stricken ship is for me a powerful metaphor of planet Earth—beautiful, full of life and people, but inescapably doomed. To the passengers the impact felt slight, and they went on dining and dancing for quite a while, even as seawater poured into the ship from a 300-foot gash in her starboard hull..
There were many bitter ironies about the terrible loss of life. One of the worst is that there were far too few lifeboats for the 2,200 people on board. Its designers were certain that the ship was unsinkable. Imagine Papa Dean’s sorrow as he watched the davits lower the lifeboat with his wife and children. Imagine his wife’s grief that there was no room for him.
Our world is part of the old sinful order and will be destroyed, along with all evil. The Lord Jesus is big enough, however, to rescue every single man, woman, and child on earth, and that includes people from the past and future as well. His blood has washed us all; his arms can lift us all; his heaven can hold us all.