Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Inspiring Story: Love & Acceptance

A story is told about a soldier who was finally coming home
 after having fought in Vietnam. He called his parents from 
San Francisco. “Mom and Dad, I’m coming home, but I’ve got 
a favor to ask. I have a friend I’d like to bring with me.” 

“Sure,” they replied, “we’d love to meet him.” “There’s 
something you should know,” the son continued, “he 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 
him find somewhere to live.” “No, Mom and Dad, I want him 
to live with us.” 

“Son,” said the father, “you don’t know what you’re asking. 
Someone with such a handicap would be a terrible burden on us. 
We have our own lives to live, and we can’t let something 
like this interfere with our lives. I think you should just 
come home and forget about this guy. He’ll find a way 
to live on his own.”

At that point, the son hung up the phone. The parents heard 
nothing more from him. A few days later, however, 
they received a call from the San Francisco police. Their son 
had died after falling from a building, they were told. 
The police believed it was a suicide. The grief-stricken 
parents flew to San Francisco and were taken to the city morgue 
to identify the body of their son. 

They recognized him, but to their horror they also discovered 
something they didn’t know. Their son had only one arm 
and one leg.

Lesson from the Inspiring Story:

The parents in this story are like many of us. We find it easy 
to love those who are good-looking or fun to have around, 
but we don’t like people who inconvenience us or make 
us feel uncomfortable. We would rather stay away from 
people who aren’t as healthy, beautiful, or smart as we are. 
Thankfully, there’s someone who won’t treat us that way. 
Someone who loves us with an unconditional love that 
welcomes us into the forever family, regardless of 
how messed up we are.

Author Unknown