Missed At Last!

    In one of the tenement houses in New York City a doctor was sent for. He came, and found a young man very sick. When he got to the bedside the young man said:

    "Doctor, I don't want you to deceive me; I want to know the worst. Is this illness to prove serious?"

    After the doctor had made an examination, he said, "I am sorry to tell you you cannot live out the night."

    The young man looked up and said, "Well, then, I have missed it at last!"

    "Missed what?"

    "I have missed eternal life. I always intended to become a Christian some day, but I thought I had plenty of time, and put it off."

    The doctor, who was himself a Christian man, said: "It is not too late. Call on God for mercy."

    "No, I have always had a great contempt for a man who repents when he is dying; he is a miserable coward. If I were not sick, I would not have a thought about my soul, and I am not going to insult God now."

    The doctor spent the day with him, read to him out of the Bible, and tried to get him to lay hold of the promises. The young man said he would not call on God, and in that state of mind he passed away. Just as he was dying the doctor saw his lips moving. He reached down, and all he could hear was the faint whisper:

    "I have missed it at last!"

    Dear friend, make sure that you do not miss eternal life at last.