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!