A Soldier’s Story

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 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.

Moral: 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!
April 22nd, 2014 at 6:30 pm

Is this story true?

May 7th, 2014 at 5:03 am

god is love Amen

May 18th, 2014 at 10:14 am

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May 31st, 2014 at 2:07 pm

Excellent story. Very good moral that one need to know follow.

Jomari villanueva Luceño
September 7th, 2014 at 9:35 am

it’s is a very nice story,,,we must share our blessings even though we are not abundant..in every aspect…if our creator share all what he have to us..so why should we don’t share it too..to our..brother’s and sisters…<3

December 24th, 2014 at 10:35 pm

what a story

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Neelu Sharma
February 16th, 2015 at 7:19 am

The story definitely has a moral, though its a bit hard on parents,as its only parents generally who accept their children unconditionally.

February 18th, 2015 at 6:47 pm

Praise God! This story has challenged me this morning. I am definitely sharing this story with my students today.

Karanveer Singh
May 6th, 2015 at 1:44 am

No one should get parents like this.
Awesome story!

May 8th, 2015 at 8:31 am

Its awsoooooooooooooooome story
It has inspired me a lot

May 14th, 2015 at 9:52 am

Wow…gripping moral. Pretty awesome story.

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