For what is true

For what is true

~ Author Unknown

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.

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.


9 responses to “For what is true

  1. I have heard this story before…
    It was quite touching…
    Maybe is because of my dad…
    I learnt the meaning of love from my mom…

  2. Great. I like it very much too!

  3. …….
    It\’s a touching story.
    A story on friendship? Maybe we can change the title into more touching and attractive one. =]

  4. I\’ve heard this before too,
    but i\’ve got nothing to say..

  5. cy,
    yeah.. i think that it sounds weird too..
    but i jz have no idea what to be…
    how do u think?
    haha.. so u are telling that i am out-dated d la..

  6. This show us that we must not underestimate things. I hope that u could try to get more problem solving mystery for me coz i love to solve those kind of mystery. I may not able to giv much comment recently coz very bz. Sry…

  7. The untold secret,
    No problem,
    type "problem solving mystery".
    Nvm, That\’s the way of life.
    Keep it up!

  8. I have heard this story too! told by our sivik teacher.
    thats why wc lp and i already knw bout it. X)

  9. Joanne,
    O.. no wander la..
    I thought I really out dated till that gai.

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