FRIENDS I was sent this STORY and hope you all take the time out to read it and reflect over the moral.
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 a favor to ask. I have a
friend I'd like to bring home 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 mind and lost
an arm and a leg. He has nowhere else to go, and I want him to come live
"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.
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 know the special lift
It always brings
And you realize that Friendship
Is God's most precious gift!
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....