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Unconditional Love

Discussion in 'Snippets of Life (Non-Fiction)' started by ayeshanaaz, Jul 20, 2007.

  1. ayeshanaaz

    ayeshanaaz Junior IL'ite

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    Unconditional Love

    A story is told about a soldier who was finally coming home after having fought in <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:smarttags" /><st1:country-region><st1:place>Vietnam</st1:place></st1:country-region>. He called his parents from <st1:City><st1:place>San Francisco</st1:place></st1:City>.
    "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 <st1:State><st1:place>me.</st1:place></st1:State>
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    "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 <st1:City><st1:place>San Francisco</st1:place></st1:City> 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 <st1:City><st1:place>San Francisco</st1:place></st1:City>
    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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    Gem New IL'ite

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    Hello Ayeshanaaz,

    If only the son had told the truth that he was the handicapped person. His parents would have definitely welcomed him with love. What a sad story.
     
  3. mithili

    mithili New IL'ite

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    unconditional love is not about hearing and understanding it is about feeling.sad the son lucky the parents!
    thnk u

     

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