SOLDIER …. (Hope you don’t find this too gloomy? The message is good though!)
A story is told about a soldier who was finally coming home after having fought in a war. He called his parents from a phone. “Mum and Dad, I’m coming home, but I’ve a favour 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 mine and lost an arm and a leg. He has nowhere else to go, and I want him to come and 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 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 where he was and were taken to the city morgue to identify the body of their son. They recognised 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, think of something to 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!!!
Every little hello, every little smile, every helping hand saves a hurting heart. Pass it on. With this, also comes the token that says that YOU are special. 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 realise that Friendship is our most precious gift!
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