The attack on the transatlantic passenger liner Lusitania in May 1915 was one of the great disasters of World War I. Bound for Liverpool from New York, this luxury liner sank within 20 minutes when torpedoed by the German submarine U-20. More than a thousand passengers and crew died, among them 128 Americans. Survivors left many extraordinary accounts for us. On one of the collapsible rafts, passengers started singing a hymn, “Praise God, from Whom All Blessings Flow.” One survivor recalled, “We put a good deal of heart into it . . . Then we just waited . . . It was beautifully calm.”
How difficult it may be for us to completely trust Christ—until we grasp His all-sufficiency and faithfulness, especially in times of worry, trial, or loss! This month in Today in the Word we’ll follow the apostle Paul’s instruction to the church at Colossae about living “a life worthy of the Lord” (Col. 1:10). We’ll praise God for the believers’ union with Christ and our freedom in Him. We’ll also learn about persevering in prayer, walking in wisdom during our journey on earth, and finishing this journey well.
We pray this month’s study will strengthen your faith and reliance on the Savior in every season of your life. As we walk with Christ, may our lives reflect the prayer of the psalmist, “I will say of the Lord, ‘He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust’” (Ps. 91:2).
—Elena Mafter, Senior Editor