Job 10:12 (ESV)
You have granted me life and steadfast love,
and your care has preserved my spirit.
The Reverend John Stuart Holden, rector of St. Paul's Church, Portman Square, London, was booked on the Titanic to sail from Southampton of 10 April 1912. He was to have occupied cabin D-11, one of the first class cabins. But on 9 April, Mrs. Holden became ill and Rev. Holden cancelled his trip to nurse her. He missed out on the maiden voyage of the most luxurious ocean liner that have ever been built. But four days later more than 1,500 passengers and crew died when the ship sank after hitting an iceberg in the North Atlantic. Reverend Holden was the only first class passenger to have cancelled his voyage.
After the ship sank in April 1912, he mounted the ticket he had purchased for the Titanic in a cardboard frame on which he wrote: "Who redeemeth thy life from destruction."
The ticket carried the warning: "The company's liability for baggage is strictly limited but passengers can protect themselves by insurance."
The ticket hung in the Reverend's study until his death and is now on display at the Merseyside Maritime Museum, in Liverpool.
The Lord watches over us and shows us all types of kindness.
Dear Lord, thank You for watching over us and showing your kindness to us. Help us to keep our trust in You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.