The story of A Soldier’s
A story is told about a soldier who was finally returning home after fighting in Vietnam. He called his parents from San Francisco. “Mom and Dad, I’m coming home, but I have a right to ask. I have a friend I want to bring home with me. “Sure,” he replied, “we’d love to see him.”
“There’s something you should know,” continued the son, “he was badly injured in the fight.” He stepped on the ground brain and lost an arm and a leg. He has nowhere else to go and I want him to come live with us.
“I’m sorry to hear that, son. Maybe we can help her find somewhere to live.”
“No, Mom and Dad, I want them to stay with us.”
“Son,” said the father, “you do not know what you are asking. Such a disabled person would be a terrible burden on us. We have our own lives to live, and we cannot let something like this interfere with our lives. I think you should come home and forget about this man. He will find a way to live on his own.”
At that time, the son hung up the phone. The parents heard nothing more from him. However, a few days later, he received a call from the San Francisco police. They were told that their son had died after falling from the building. Police believed it was a suicide.
The grieving parents arrived in San Francisco and took their son’s body to the city morgue for identification. They recognized him, but to their horror, they also discovered something they didn’t know, their son had only one arm and one leg.
MORAL: The parents in this story are like many of us. We find it easy to love people who are nice or fun to be around, but we don’t like people who hurt us or make us uncomfortable. We would prefer to stay away from people who are not as healthy, beautiful or smart as us. Thankfully, there is someone who won’t treat us this way. Someone who loves us unconditionally who welcomes us into the family forever, no matter how messed up we are.
Tonight, before you tuck yourself in for the night, say a little prayer that God will give you the strength you need to accept people, and to help us all understand those people. Who are different from us!