Tuesday, April 12, 2011

"Care For Everyone"

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 was hurt pretty badly in the fighting. He stepped on a land mine 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 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 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.

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.

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 as they are, and to help us all be more understanding of those who are different from us!!! There's a miracle called * Friendship- that dwells in the heart. You don't know how it happens or when it gets started.

But you now the special lift It always brings and you realize that Friendship is one of God's most precious gifts! Friends are a very rare jewel, indeed. They make you smile and encourage you to succeed. They lend an ear, they share a word of praise, and they always want to open their hearts to us. Show your friends how much you care.
 
 
 

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Painting Tips and Tricks said...

I like your blog. Great Article....Daniel

bj said...

Thanks so much for coming over and following. I came over to follow you and found out I was already following you. :)
xo bj

bj said...

I just read your post...it brought tears to my eyes because this is so true. So many times, we just can't open our hearts to anything that is going to cause any kind of hardship on us. Such a shame...God meant for us to love one another, take care of one another and be as kind as we possibly could to ALL our brothers and sisters.

Mildred said...

A sad story and a teaching as well!

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Cildemer said...

Thanks for visiting and taking the time to comment!
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namaki said...

nice reflexion !

kassidy's notes said...

a good story with a lesson. we should love one another as He has taught us.

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Janet Bocciardi said...

Love the positive vibe and love in your posts. Thanks for finding me on the WW!

FiveSibesMom said...

That is so sad...and such an important message for others to hear.

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