Saturday, July 16, 2005

A Letter

Dear __________,

You don't know me, but I have something very important to say. You are reading this letter because I cannot tell you myself. Either I am dead or seriously injured to the point of incapability, but this is too important for me to leave to someone else.

I'm laying here on the ground looking up at the sky. Have you ever really looked up at the sky? Even when there is no sun to speak of, the brightness can still take your breath away. Today, it is sunny with a few clouds. Today, something bad has happened, yet I am not afraid. Today is the day I might see my Savior face-to-face.

My friends and I had decided to go camping in the hills this weekend. We packed up what we needed and piled into a friend's jeep. Unfortunately, there are no seatbelts, but we are young and invincible. So we thought. It happened so fast. We were driving along a remote road in the hills, looking for the best spot. Ted (the driver) wasn't speeding, but he wasn't being careful either. Suddenly, a doe walked into the road right in front of us. It's funny how I remember that it was a doe and not a buck. Thank God for small favors.

Ted tried to swerve but it was too late. We hit her full on and then there was nothing. I have no idea how long I've been out. My whole body hurts. I know I've broken some bones, possibly my back and my stomach hurts too much to just be indigestion. However, this letter needs to be written. I will not die until it is finished.

Have you ever heard of Jesus Christ? This is the Man that has saved the world. No? Then let me tell you about Him. He is my Lord. He is the One I serve. He saved me just as He has saved you if you would only accept Him. I have, and I have never regretted it. As I lay here, I think of the atrocities that Christ went through so that I could be here today writing this letter to you. His pain was ever so my greater than mine is.

Why was He in pain?

Because I killed Him.

What? You killed Him? How?

I crucified Him on a cross. I did it through my sin.

What sin?

The same sin that you are in bondage to.

Me? I don't have any sin! I'm a good person!

I thought so too until He showed me that no one is good. When you have a chance, get a Bible and read Romans chapter 3, verses 9-19. They say far better what I am trying to say here. In fact read the whole chapter. It explains everything. Then read the book of John. It's my favorite Gospel. It speaks of Jesus. This is the Man I serve.

I still don't understand. What has He done that was so special?

He loved me so much that He died for me. I was a sinner, but He still loved me. Imagine! All that love, just for me! And He loves you in the same way. He died for you.

Oh, I wish I could say more, but my time is short. Soon, He will come for me. I will be able to spend eternity with Him. I didn't want to spend it without Him, that's why I chose to accept His love and to serve Him. To spend eternity without Him would be…hell. I don't want you to go there. Please consider what I said.

There's a light. Oh, it's beautiful! More than words can express. And I hear singing! Angels are praising my Lord! There He is…His face shines like the light. No, He is the light! Take me home, Lord! Take me home…