“Superior, they said, never gives up her dead.

When the gales of November come early.”


And so goes the story of “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald.”

 This is probably the most recognized ship disaster of the Great Lakes, due in large part to Gordon Lightfoot’s 1975 ballad of the same name. Thirty-nine years ago, the Edmund Fitzgerald—with a crew of 29—sank into the freezing waters of Lake Superior.

 Sadly, life is filled with tragedies, despite the fact that God never intended for disasters of any kind to be a part of His creation. God originally gave mankind a perfect world, body, and soul. But with Adam’s disobedience long ago in Eden’s Garden came the destruction of His perfect paradise: the influx of sin, a sinful nature, and death that infects the hearts of every human being. Sin brings trouble and death to all of us, (“… the whole world is a prisoner of sin.”-Gal. 3:22) and left to ourselves, there is no escape. Like the doomed crew of the Edmund Fitzgerald, we too would be lost forever if God had not given us His Word of Law and Gospel.

 The Law crushes us by exposing our utter sinfulness and need for a Savior, but the Gospel provides the Life-Preserver that rescues us from the deadly waters of our sin. It reveals the Good News that God has forgiven all our sins, through the perfect life, innocent death, and victorious resurrection of His Son Jesus Christ.

 As the Gospel assures us, (“…that whoever believes in [Jesus] shall not perish, but have everlasting life.” –John 3:16) all who believe in Jesus receive forgiveness, new life, and the certainty of life everlasting in God’s heaven.

 Such Good News fills us with heartfelt thankfulness and becomes the motivation for our Christian living, and telling others the Good News of Jesus!

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