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With all our differences here........
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DD    Posted 11-06-2004 at 10:22:10       [Reply]  [No Email]
we're really all just the same : ) The Soldier's Friend
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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 bad 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 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. Or the ones who hold a different opinion than us.

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.


I hope everyone has a Great weekend : )


KellyGa    Posted 11-07-2004 at 04:20:27       [Reply]  [No Email]
Sad, but good story. Very wise thoughts..thanks DD


Doc    Posted 11-06-2004 at 20:48:02       [Reply]  [No Email]
I agree. To bad he doesn't seem to post on here.


toolman    Posted 11-06-2004 at 13:27:23       [Reply]  [No Email]
very nice and i think there is certainly room in my life to become more tolarant, i try , often fail but keep trying.


Good Story,    Posted 11-06-2004 at 12:32:59       [Reply]  [No Email]
However, I have to tell you that I can be the ugliest puppy of the litter, and on this board and several others like it, I've always received alot of help and support when I needed it.
I've made a few friends on here, and the list is growing daily, but even the aquaintences that I've made, are some of the most giving people in the world.
Differences come and go, but when it's all said and done, they're are alot of prayers and support comming out of this board and less contensius ones like it.
Ron/PA


Did I spell that????    Posted 11-06-2004 at 12:33:52       [Reply]  [No Email]
Whack me with a funkinwagnal!
Ron/PA


deadcarp    Posted 11-06-2004 at 10:27:12       [Reply]  [No Email]
amen, sister. :)


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