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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.

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触景小语

“给我两枝巧克力冰淇淋!”
“草莓一枝要豆豆!”
忙碌的印度冰淇淋阿伯对面,
又有个雪糕叔叔,
寂莫无奈地望着他们。
“巧克力不要豆豆的一枝。”
叔叔笑了,
收下阿妈的一元。
接着两兄妹也向他讨了两枝。
“马达来了!”
迅雷不及掩耳,闪人!
叔叔惊慌地收档驾走,
钱也不收了。
小贩们逃命似的,
不见了。
罗厘载着几个凶煞的大汉逗了一圈……
不久,
警察走了。
“你还要几枝冰淇淋?”