One day a woman named Louise fell asleep in her bed, and dreamed a very
fitful dream. She dreamed that someone in Hell wrote a letter to her,
and it was to be delivered to her by a messenger. The messenger passed
between the lakes of burning fire and brimstone that occupies Hell, and found
his way to the door that would lead him to the outside world. Louise dreamed
that the messenger walked to her house, came inside, and gently, but
firmly woke Louise up. He gave her the message, saying only that a
friend had written it to her from Hell. Louise, in her dream, with trembling hands
took the letter and read:
I stand in Judgement now,
and feel that you're to blame somehow.
On earth, I walked with you day by day,
and never did you point the way.
You knew the Lord in truth and glory,
but never did you tell the story.
My knowledge then was very dim;
you could have led me safe to Him.
Though we lived together on the earth,
you never told me of the second birth,
and now I stand this day condemned,
because you failed to mention Him.
You taught me many things, that's true,
I called you friend and trusted you,
But I learn now that its too late,
you could have kept me from this fate.
We walked by day and talked by night,
and yet you showed me not the Light.
You let me live, and love, and die
you knew Id never live on high.
Yes, I called you a friend in life,
and trusted you through joy and strife.
And yet on coming to the end,
I cannot, now, call you my friend.
After reading the letter, Louise awoke. The dream was still so real in
her mind, and sweat dropped from her body in pools. She swore she could
still smell the acrid smell of brimstone and smoke in her room.
As she contemplated the meaning of her dream, she realized that as a Christian,
she had failed in her duty to go out to all the world and preach the gospel.
As she thought of that, she promise herself that the next day,
she would call Marsha and invite her to church with her.
The next morning she called her friend and the conversation follows:
Yes, Bill is Marsha there?
Louise, you don't know?
No, Bill, know what?
Marsha was killed last night in a car accident.
I thought you knew.