The pale moon rose in its glory
Out on the western town
She told a sad, sad story
Of the great ship that went down

'Twas the fourteenth day of April
Over the waves she rode
Sailing into tomorrow
To a golden age foretold

The night was bright with starlight
The seas were sharp and clear
Moving through the shadows
The promised hour was near

Lights were holding steady
Gliding over the foam
All the lords and ladies
Heading for their eternal home
1

The chandeliers were swaying
From the balustrades above
The orchestra was playing
Songs of faded love
2

The watchman, he lay dreaming
As the ballroom dancers twirled
He dreamed the Titanic was sinking
Into the underworld

Leo took his sketchbook
He was often so inclined
He closed his eyes and painted
The scenery in his mind

Cupid struck his bosom
And broke it with a snap
The closest woman to him
He fell into her lap
3

He heard a loud commotion
Something sounded wrong
His inner spirit was saying
That he couldn't stand here long

He staggered to the quarter deck
No time now to sleep
Water on the quarter deck
Already three foot deep

Smokestack was leaning sideways
Heavy feet began to pound
He walked into the whirlwind
Sky spinning all around

The ship was going under
The universe had opened wide
The roll was called up yonder
The angels turned aside
4

Lights down in the hallway
Flickering dim and dull
Dead bodies already floating
In the double bottomed hull

The engines then exploded
Propellers they failed to start
The boilers overloaded
The ship's bow split apart

Passengers were flying
Backward, forward, far and fast
They mumbled, fumbled, and tumbled
Each one more weary than the last

The veil was torn asunder
'Tween the hours of twelve and one
No change, no sudden wonder
Could undo what had been done
5

The watchman lay there dreaming
At forty five degrees
He dreamed the Titanic was sinking
Dropping to her knees
6

Wellington, he was sleeping
His bed began to slide
His valiant heart was beating
He pushed the tables aside
7

Glass of shattered crystal
Lay scattered 'round about
He strapped on both his pistols
How long could he hold out?
8

His men and his companions
Were nowhere to be seen
In silence there he waited for
Time and space to intervene
9

The passageway was narrow
There was blackness in the air
He saw every kind of sorrow
Heard voices everywhere
10

Alarm bells were ringing
To hold back the swelling tide
Friends and lovers clinging
To each other side by side
11

Mothers and their daughters
Descending down the stairs
Jumped into the icy waters
Love and pity sent their prayers
12

The rich man, Mister Astor
Kissed his darling wife
He had no way of knowing
Be the last trip of his life
13

Calvin, Blake and Wilson
Gambled in the dark
Not one of them would ever
Live to tell the tale of disembark
14

Brother rose up against brother
In every circumstance.
They fought and slaughtered each other
In a deadly dance
15

They lowered down their lifeboats
From the sinking wreck
There were traitors, there were turncoats
Broken backs and broken necks
16

The bishop left his cabin
To help all those in need.
Turned his eyes up to the heavens
Said, "The poor are yours to feed"
17

Davey the brothel-keeper
Came out, dismissed his girls
Saw the water getting deeper
Saw the changing of his world
18

Jim Dandy smiled
He'd never learned to swim
Saw the little crippled child
And he gave his seat to him
19

He saw the starlight shining
Streaming from the East
Death was on the rampage
But his heart was now at peace
20

They battened down the hatches
But the hatches wouldn’t hold
They drowned upon the staircase
Of brass and polished gold
21

Leo said to Cleo
"I think I’m going mad"
But he’d lost his mind already
Whatever mind he had
22

He tried to block the doorway
To save all those from harm
Blood from an open wound
Pouring down his arm
23

Petals fell from flowers
’Til all of them were gone
In the long and dreadful hours
The wizard's curse played on
24

The host was pouring brandy
He was going down slow
He stayed right 'til the end
He was the last to go
25

There were many, many others
Nameless here for evermore
They'd never sailed the ocean
Or left their homes before
26

The watchman, he lay dreaming
The damage had been done
He dreamed the Titanic was sinking
And he tried to tell someone

The Captain, barely breathing
Kneeling at the wheel
Above him and beneath him
Fifty thousand tons of steel

He looked over at his compass
And he gazed into its face
Needle pointing downward
He knew he'd lost the race
27

In the dark illumination
He remembered bygone years
He read the Book of Revelation
And he filled his cup with tears
28

When the Reaper's task had ended
Sixteen hundred had gone to rest
The good, the bad, the rich, the poor
The loveliest and the best
29

They waited at the landing
And they tried to understand
But there is no understanding
For the judgment of God's hand
30

News came over the wires
And struck with deadly force
Love had lost its fires
All things had run their course
31

The watchman he lay dreaming
Of all things that can be
He dreamed the Titanic was sinking
Into the deep blue sea
32


Tempest

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1 They thought this was number one on their bucket list. They thought it didn't get any better. What lay ahead was a crossing over a threshold into eternity. There would be no turning back, ever again.

2 Why is there a recognition of all things passing away, even human descriptions of love in a feeling oriented fashion, but the fading away forever part is missed?

3 Romantic images of falling in love is one thing, but one who just happens to be there? He doesn't know anything about her? He doesn't have wise foresight so ends up in an awkward position? Is this the picture of one losing his mind before he ever got on board?

4 The Titanic and all it meant became a world to many. Its destiny and rapid buckling surrounded by all those stars made it seem like more was unfolding than an untimely catastrophic death. Much more. Names were called for some providing immeasurable reassurance of heaven. For too many others, even heaven's messengers could provide no aide where the Name of Jesus was not called on at that last moment.

5 This was the Titanic! This was the greatest of medicines! This was the most money! This was the highest of heights! None of it could halt the inevitable now! What, this timing? Why this hand that seemed to rend things at this precise point? It doesn't seem fair! Perhaps if I make a vow, if I make it with a sincere scream, if I call out for a miracle, surely God will give me one! After all, I am who I am! But no, it is done with a certainly that humanly speaking seems abject and horribly dismal.

6 When great things or personages are forced into a position so unbecoming, there is a humility unfolding so uncharacteristic of all it stood for or was meant to be. But still it can be meant to be for you and me to gain a very crucial perspective for events later on.

7 Something happens in times like this. Yes, we're awakened, we're alarmed; but something else can occur deep within that we act on and know we must. A kind of valor, so we act, we remove obstacles, we set out.

8 I suppose the tendency is response to our shattered, precious environment, finding protection, how long will I last. It seems all gets somehow self focused or selfish at such at time as that; humanly speaking.

9 Where no voices are heard and no figure is seen, is there anything else to do but wait to die? Really? Is that what time and space intervening meant to him, in a sort of new age disposition of his time? Such a pity. Or is he looking for something outside the things of this world to bring him deliverance?

10 In spite of the strict, but not that strict, confinement and darkness that engulfed him, he witnessed suffering and heard others pain all around him. He could have gone in any one of a number of directions to give, perhaps, life-saving aide. It's like he couldn't move. Perhaps he simply felt secure in and loved the darkness.

11 Not that it was indeed a tide, but what the mind can do at such an event. Water rising, water rushing, water surging, water carrying a loved one away. The alarm was solely for him, solely for her, as each grabbed ever so tightly to their beloved.

12 There was no more room or no state of mind to do otherwise. They jumped. The force of hitting the icy cold water could be enough to knock one unconscious from such a height. The prayers of deep love and such sorrow may have been only their own but enough to send them soaring heavenward unbounded by death's cold grip.

13 This must have been before he traversed the sea that day. Good relationship it must have been. Our goodbyes may be the last ones, too. Good to remember. Tell them you love them a lot and often.

14 We get off on the games we play or on the entertainment we are thrilled we got to be a part of. We hardly give a thought, or never do, to even the idea of death momentarily. But it happens to people everyday. Not just the games, but never being able to tell a soul about them that night, ever.

15 It's hard to believe even family members can do that when a momentary terror abounds. Jesus talked about things like that happening just before His return to earth when things will be really bad. But on a sinking ship to preserve one's life over a brother's? What a mind can do at such a time compared to another mind planning a way to save another at the cost of their own life.

16 There were all types on those lifeboats. I imagine some had their true colors revealed when they got to shore. This world is like a lifeboat. It won't last long. Hearts will be revealed. The weakest may prove to have been the strongest in some inhuman way.

17 This was a Christian pastor who spent his remaining time not trying to save his life but looking for those who needed saving. He had spend time helping the poor in his ministry. One of his last prayers was to hand that stewardship back to the God who had entrusted it to him, who could then entrust it to others.

18 This appears to be someone concerned about the safety of ones that others would call last. He felt it important to stay behind, even as the waters rose. His world was changing. Of course that had been going on around him for some time now. Maybe this was his inner world changing for good.

19 There is no greater love than to give up one's life for another. In the midst of all this extreme calamity, to have such a loving and sacrificial state of mind and heart . . .

20 What can be greater than being at peace with God at the threshold of eternity? That's why Jesus came.

21 Even the most valuable items are of no value at all when it's time to meet your Maker.

22 I suppose one could think he is referring to losing his mind due to all the disaster unfolding around him. But remember this is the guy who fell into the lap of the first gal he saw earlier without knowing much about her at all. Doesn't take much of a mind to do that.

23 Not sure why the reference to blood from an open wound pouring down his arm is mentioned here. I think there were plenty of wounds in the movie we could have spotted. Maybe it's to remind us of something else.

24 There are spiritual beings around us. The good and the bad. The good won't give forth curses. The bad would like to. The whole of creation, for now, is groaning; desiring to be set free due to the curse of sin and the influences of Satan and his demons. What brought about Satan was pride. What brought about man's sin was pride. What led to the Titanic disaster was pride; pride in the accomplishment, in the abilities, in the assumptions about the headings, other things I suppose. A type of carelessness due to pride.

25 Who knows why he chose to be the last to go. Maybe he felt it would be his noble last good work. Maybe he had too much to drink and was too confident. Or perhaps he wanted to keep the passengers calm in some small way. Only God knew his heart and where he is now. I hope he trusted Jesus, alone.

26 Think of people told that flying is the safest form of travel. They have never flown before. They are anxious about it. But they get on the plane anyway. That plane just happens to be the one in every few years that crashes. There were those who had never taken a voyage on anything like the Titanic. In fact, they had never left their home before. Why do we think we have to when we don't have to? Anyway, with some sort of pressure from somewhere, they went. They died. There's no place like home.

27 The Captain, he was in turmoil in ways the others could not be. The compass, why even look at it? A simple gesture that barely verified where all was headed. And he was in a race indeed. After all, he was the Captain of the USS Titanic. Think how many are in a race that does not involve something traveling fast. It may be the CEO behind a desk a couple times a week. It may be, well, you could think of them. The Captain knew he lost the race. Where could he fix his mind and heart next?

28 The Captain acknowledged the darkness and certain things about years gone by. He picked up a Bible. He read from the last book, the book of Revelation. Tears came, which reasonably would be tears of sadness for the others or his loved ones or his failures or repentance of sins because of that cup filled with those tears. Tears could have been for deep thanksgiving for his own salvation in Christ whom he was about to see face to face. The Revelation became most real.

29 Unless Christ returns first, each of us, no matter what we think of ourselves or what others think of us, we will cross that thin line that takes one to heaven or hell. It is so serious. That's why people need the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior. Anyone who puts their trust in Him alone will not perish but have eternal life with God in heaven. He paid the price for us of justice and ultimate love expressed in His death and resurrection for us.

30 We can try to figure things out. It is due to man's shortsightedness or pride, unseen spiritual enemies as with Job, natural forces like severe storms, diseases due to a fallen world from sin and the curse, disciplines or judgments from God, or some reason we come up with that does not include any or perhaps a combination of those things and we can be wrong. Many times we just do not know. God is sovereign. And He is love. One day all His children in Jesus will have answers that will cause tremendous glory and rejoicing beyond anything we can hope to imagine here.

31 When the reality of death, especially such a death as this, strikes loved ones on distant shore, it stuns. Then the stages of shock and grief ensue. There is no particular order necessarily. Sometimes they return with equal force, like a storm; an ocean gale with monstrous waves and biting, driving rain, darkness, deep sorrow. However, there is a way to grieve but not like those who have no hope whatsoever.

32 Where was the watchman at this point? Perhaps sometimes, with a good amount of discernment, we ought to listen to our dreams. Add to that, if we have the assurance in our communication and signaling, a good amount of prayer.
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THE RECORD

1 Surely one sees that even wise people die;
fools and spiritually insensitive people
all pass away
and leave their wealth to others.
Their grave becomes
their permanent residence,
their eternal dwelling place.
They name their lands after themselves,
but, despite their wealth, people do not last,
they are like animals that perish.
This is the destiny of fools,
and of those who approve of their philosophy.
They will travel to Sheol like sheep,
with death as their shepherd.
The godly will rule over them
when the day of vindication dawns;
Sheol will consume their bodies
and they will no longer live
in impressive houses.

But God will rescue my life
from the power of Sheol;
certainly he will pull me to safety.
Do not be afraid when a man becomes rich
and his wealth multiplies!
For he will take nothing with him
when he dies;
his wealth will not follow him
down into the grave.


Psalm 49:10-17


2 Love must be without hypocrisy.
Abhor what is evil, cling to what is good.
Be devoted to one another with mutual love,
showing eagerness
in honoring one another
.

Romans 12:9-10


3 Like a gold ring in a pig’s snout
is a beautiful woman who rejects discretion.


Proverbs 11:22

Marriage must be honored among all
and the marriage bed kept undefiled,
for
God will judge
sexually immoral people and adulterers
.

Hebrews 13:4


4 But to which of the angels
has he ever said,
Sit at my right hand
until I make your enemies
a footstool for your feet
”?
Are they not all ministering spirits,
sent out to serve those
who will inherit salvation
?

Hebrews 1:13-14


5 And just as people
are appointed to die once,
and then to face judgment
,
so also, after
Christ was offered once
to
bear the sins of many,
to those
who eagerly await him
he will appear a second time,
not to bear sin but to bring salvation.


Hebrews 9:27-28


6 For everyone who exalts himself
will be humbled
,
but the one who humbles himself
will be exalted.


Luke 14:11


7 The steps of a person
are ordained by the Lord,
so
how can anyone
understand his own way
?

Proverbs 20:24


8 For whoever wants to save his life
will lose it
,
but whoever loses his life for my sake
will save it.
For what does it benefit a person
if he gains the whole world
but loses or forfeits himself?


Luke 9:24-25


9 I am the door. If anyone enters through me,
he will be saved,
and will come in and go out, and find pasture.
The thief comes only to steal and kill
and destroy;
I have come so that they may have life,
and may have it abundantly
.

John 10:9-10


10 For this is the way God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world should be saved through him. The one who believes in him is not condemned. The one who does not believe has been condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the one and only Son of God. Now this is the basis for judging: that the light has come into the world and people loved the darkness rather than the light, because their deeds were evil. For everyone who does evil deeds hates the light and does not come to the light, so that their deeds will not be exposed. But the one who practices the truth comes to the light, so that it may be plainly evident that his deeds have been done in God.

John 3:16-21


11 For this reason every one of Your faithful followers should pray to You while there is a window of opportunity. Certainly when the surging water rises, it will not reach them.

Psalm 32:6


12 O Lord, Your loyal love reaches to the sky;
Your faithfulness to the clouds.
Your justice is like the highest mountains,
Your fairness like the deepest sea.

Psalm 36:5-6


13 Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go into this or that town and spend a year there and do business and make a profit.” You do not know about tomorrow. What is your life like? For you are a puff of smoke that appears for a short time and then vanishes. You ought to say instead, “If the Lord is willing, then we will live and do this or that.” But as it is, you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil. So whoever knows what is good to do and does not do it is guilty of sin.

James 4:13-17


14 ‘I will say to myself, “You have plenty of goods stored up for many years; relax, eat, drink, celebrate!”’ But God said to him, “You fool! This very night your life will be demanded back from you, but who will get what you have prepared for yourself?” So it is with the one who stores up riches for himself, but is not rich toward God.

Luke 12:19-21


15 Whoever tries to keep his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life will preserve it.

Luke 17:33


16 Wait until the Lord comes. He will bring to light the hidden things of darkness and reveal the motives of hearts. Then each will receive recognition from God.

I Corinthians 4:5


17 They requested only that we remember the poor, the very thing I also was eager to do.

Galatians 2:10


18 Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him, because all that is in the world (the desire of the flesh and the desire of the eyes and the arrogance produced by material possessions) is not from the Father, but is from the world. And the world is passing away with all its desires, but the person who does the will of God remains forever.

I John 2:15-17


19 No one has greater love than this – that one lays down his life for his friends.

John 15:13


20 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you; I do not give it to you as the world does. Do not let your hearts be distressed or lacking in courage.

John 14:27


21 The one who builds his house by unjust gain is as good as dead. He does this so he can build his nest way up high and escape the clutches of disaster.

Habakkuk 2:9


22 The woman called Folly is brash, she is naive and does not know anything. So she sits at the door of her house, on a seat at the highest point of the city, calling out to those who are passing by her in the way, who go straight on their way. “Whoever is simple, let him turn in here,” she says to those who lack understanding. “Stolen waters are sweet, and food obtained in secret is pleasant!” But they do not realize that the dead are there, that her guests are in the depths of the grave.

Proverbs 9:13-18


23 For the life of all flesh is its blood.

Leviticus 17:14


24 Cursed is the ground thanks to you; in painful toil you will eat of it all the days of your life. It will produce thorns and thistles for you, but you will eat the grain of the field. By the sweat of your brow you will eat food until you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; for you are dust, and to dust you will return.

Genesis 3:17-19


25 It is not for kings, O Lemuel, it is not for kings to drink wine, or for rulers to crave strong drink, lest they drink and forget what is decreed, and remove from all the poor their legal rights. Give strong drink to the one who is perishing, and wine to those who are bitterly distressed; let them drink and forget their poverty, and remember their misery no more. Open your mouth on behalf of those unable to speak, for the legal rights of all the dying. Open your mouth, judge in righteousness, and plead the cause of the poor and needy.

Proverbs 31:4-9


26 The one whose appetite is satisfied loathes honey, but to the hungry mouth every bitter thing is sweet. Like a bird that wanders from its nest, so is a person who wanders from his home.

Proverbs 27:7-8


27 Listen to this, all you nations! Pay attention, all you inhabitants of the world! Pay attention, all you people, both rich and poor! I will declare a wise saying; I will share my profound thoughts. I will learn a song that imparts wisdom; I will then sing my insightful song to the accompaniment of a harp. Why should I be afraid in times of trouble, when the sinful deeds of deceptive men threaten to overwhelm me? They trust in their wealth and boast in their great riches. Certainly a man cannot rescue his brother; he cannot pay God an adequate ransom price (the ransom price for a human life is too high, and people go to their final destiny), so that he might continue to live forever and not experience death. Surely one sees that even wise people die; fools and spiritually insensitive people all pass away and leave their wealth to others. Their grave becomes their permanent residence, their eternal dwelling place. They name their lands after themselves, but, despite their wealth, people do not last, they are like animals that perish. This is the destiny of fools, and of those who approve of their philosophy. (Selah) They will travel to Sheol like sheep, with death as their shepherd. The godly will rule over them when the day of vindication dawns; Sheol will consume their bodies and they will no longer live in impressive houses. But God will rescue my life from the power of Sheol; certainly he will pull me to safety. (Selah) Do not be afraid when a man becomes rich and his wealth multiplies! For he will take nothing with him when he dies; his wealth will not follow him down into the grave. He pronounces this blessing on himself while he is alive: “May men praise you, for you have done well!” But he will join his ancestors; they will never again see the light of day. Wealthy people do not understand; they are like animals that perish.

Psalm 49


28 O Lord, you examine me and know. You know when I sit down and when I get up; even from far away you understand my motives. You carefully observe me when I travel or when I lie down to rest; you are aware of everything I do. Certainly my tongue does not frame a word without you, O Lord, being thoroughly aware of it. You squeeze me in from behind and in front; you place your hand on me. Your knowledge is beyond my comprehension; it is so far beyond me, I am unable to fathom it. Where can I go to escape your spirit? Where can I flee to escape your presence? If I were to ascend to heaven, you would be there. If I were to sprawl out in Sheol, there you would be. If I were to fly away on the wings of the dawn, and settle down on the other side of the sea, even there your hand would guide me, your right hand would grab hold of me. If I were to say, “Certainly the darkness will cover me, and the light will turn to night all around me,” even the darkness is not too dark for you to see, and the night is as bright as day; darkness and light are the same to you. Certainly you made my mind and heart; you wove me together in my mother’s womb. I will give you thanks because your deeds are awesome and amazing. You knew me thoroughly; my bones were not hidden from you, when I was made in secret and sewed together in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw me when I was inside the womb. All the days ordained for me were recorded in your scroll before one of them came into existence. How difficult it is for me to fathom your thoughts about me, O God! How vast is their sum total! If I tried to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand. Even if I finished counting them, I would still have to contend with you.

Psalm 139:1-18


29 If we say we do not bear the guilt of sin, we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us. But if we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous, forgiving us our sins and cleansing us from all unrighteousness. If we say we have not sinned, we make Him a liar and His word is not in us. (My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin.) But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous One, and He Himself is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for our sins but also for the whole world.

I John 1:8-2:2


30 O Lord, your loyal love reaches to the sky; your faithfulness to the clouds. Your justice is like the highest mountains, your fairness like the deepest sea; you preserve mankind and the animal kingdom. How precious is your loyal love, O God! The human race finds shelter under your wings.

Psalm 36:5-7

For now we see in a mirror indirectly, but then we will see face to face. Now I know in part, but then I will know fully, just as I have been fully known.

I Corinthians 13:12


31 Now we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers and sisters, about those who are asleep, so that you will not grieve like the rest who have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, so also we believe that God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep as Christians. For we tell you this by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will surely not go ahead of those who have fallen asleep. For the Lord himself will come down from heaven with a shout of command, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive, who are left, will be suddenly caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will always be with the Lord. Therefore encourage one another with these words.

I Thessalonians 4:13-17


32 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.

Luke 21:33

And I pray this, that your love may abound even more and more in knowledge and every kind of insight so that you can decide what is best, and thus be sincere and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ to the glory and praise of God.

Philippians 1:9-11