A Soldier was finally coming home after having fought in Vietnam. He called his parents from San Francisco.
"Mom, Dad, I'm coming home, but I have a favor to ask. I have a friend I would like to bring home with me." "Sure," they replied, "we would love to meet him!"
"Well, first there is something you should know" the son continued, "he was hurt pretty badly in the fighting. He stepped on a land mine and lost an arm and a leg. He has nowhere else to go, and I would like him to come live with us!"
There was a long pause, and then his dad spoke, "I'm so sorry to hear that, son. Perhaps we can help him find somewhere to live." "No Dad, I want him to live with us!"
"Son," said the father, "you don't know what you are 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 will find a way to live on his own."
At that point, the son hung the phone up and his parents heard nothing more from him.
Several 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 to be a suicide.
The grief-stricken parents quickly 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 hadn't known... their son had only one arm and one leg.
I heard this story many years ago, but having two sons, who are veterans of war, I have never forgotten it.
I'd like to think the parents of this soldier, would have welcomed their son home, had they known it was he, who had these recent disabilities. I think the feeling of it being burdensome, came from the thoughts, of it being a 'stranger' who would make life more difficult for them.
This story, can be a little daunting, because we don't like people who make us
feel uncomfortable or who make our lives inconvenient. Most people would
rather stay away from people who aren't as healthy, beautiful or as smart as we
think, we are.
However, this is where Jesus showed us the most incredible and unconditional love that is ALWAYS welcoming, regardless of how messed up we are.
We are not only welcomed by Christ Jesus, but He longs for us to come to Him! He died to prove His love for us and He desires any and all of us to come to Him at any time!
My Jesus is waiting with arms open and outstretched... for YOU!