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Sunday, February 24, 2013

It is hard for most of us to imagine the panic and fear experienced by those aboard the RMS Titanic.

Seldom if ever have we been placed in a position where life and death decisions are necessary - or have we.?.

The evacuation was slow and poorly managed. Many more could have been saved if there had been adequate training and preparation. As half-filled boats rowed away from the ship, passengers who had jumped from the ship attempted to swim toward the lifeboats. Due to protests from passengers or crew and to avoid being swamped by drowning victims, only two lifeboats returned to pull survivors from the water. For most - it was too little too late.

How many times have we rowed our half-filled boat away from someone who needed a word of encouragement, a smile or a hug.?. How many times have we avoided someone who was drowning in loneliness or despair and rowed away - for our own personal reasons.?.

How many times.?.

“Rescue the perishing, Care for the dying, Snatch them in pity from sin and the grave; Weep o’er the erring one, Lift up the fallen, Tell them of Jesus the mighty to save. Rescue the perishing, Care for the dying; Jesus is merciful, Jesus will save.”  Miss Fanny Crosby- 1869

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