“A VISION of the LOST”
-by William Booth.
[Founder of the Salvation Army]
On one of my recent journeys, as I gazed from the coach window,
I was led into a train of thought concerning the condition of the
multitudes around me. They were living carelessly in the most
open and shameless rebellion against God, without a thought for
their eternal welfare. As I looked out of the window, I seemed to
see them all… millions of people all around me given up to their
drink and their pleasure, their dancing and their music, their
business and their anxieties, their politics and their troubles.
Ignorant- willfully ignorant in many cases- and in other instances
knowing all about the truth and not caring at all. But all of them, the
whole mass of them, sweeping on and up in their blasphemies and
devilries to the Throne of God. While my mind was thus engaged,
I had a vision.
I saw a dark and stormy ocean. Over it the black clouds hung
heavily; through them every now and then vivid lightening flashed
and loud thunder rolled, while the winds moaned, and the waves
rose and foamed, towered and broke, only to rise and foam, tower
and break again.
In that ocean I thought I saw myriads of poor human beings
plunging and floating, shouting and shrieking, cursing and
struggling and drowning; and as they cursed and screamed
they rose and shrieked again, and then some sank to rise no more.