A story is told of a young sailor who called his parents from San Diego after the Vietnam Conflict. He said he was bringing his buddy home with him to stay. “You see, mom” he said, “my buddy is pretty badly broken up. He was severely wounded and has only one leg, one arm, and one eye.” After a long pause, his mother said, “Of course, son, he can stay with us — a little while.” Her voice carried the note, that they would not like to be burdened for long with a fellow that was so handicapped.

Three days later the parents received a message saying that their son had jumped to his death from a hotel window. When the parents received his body for burial, it had only one arm…one leg…and one eye!

The Bible says that love should be our highest aim (1 Corinthians 13:13). Love is the basic need of human nature. Without it, life isn’t worth living (Matthew 28: 18-20; Revelation 2: 10).

Bill Dillon
Mountain Home, AR

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