The Lord on high is mightier than the noise of many waters, yea, than the mighty waves of the sea.
Ps 93.4 KJV
This sign is fixed to the lighthouse at the mouth of Whitby harbour, below the clifftop where Saint Hilda had her monastery and sponsored bishops for the Anglo-Saxon Kingdom of Northumbria.
It’s the sort of place where people, overwhelmed by their troubles, go to end their lives; hence the message:
God is greater than all of our troubles.
It doesn’t always feel that way, and with an outreached hand, a smile, a word in season, we might, all unawares, help someone to carry on a little longer. Even a notice like this one may touch a troubled soul, though it must have taken great trust for Whitby fishermen’s wives to believe it, on nights when their men were lost on a stormy sea.
Is the suicide lost? The stonemasons of Strasbourg did not think so, for they showed the Risen Lamb of God untying the hanged Judas to bring him back from the mouth of Hell.
If our journey is delayed by a suicide or a fatal accident, let us forgive those whose actions cause us inconvenience, let us not complain at the delay, but rather let us pray for the victim, for those innocently caught up in the incident, and the families and friends of all concerned.
This reflection comes after another railway trespasser’s death led to a callous response from a delayed passenger.