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To My Little Sister: You Are My Sunshine!
By Frank Dado :: Wednesday, October 29, 2008 :: 69880 Views :: Health & Fitness, Living & Lifestyle, Religion & Spirituality

You are My Sunshine, My only Sunshine'….Like any good mother, when Karen found out that another baby was on the way, she did what she could to help her 3-year-old son, Michael, prepare for a new sibling.

They found out that the new baby was going be a girl, and day after day, night after night, Michael sang to his sister in mommy's tummy.   He was building a bond of love with his little sister before he even met her.

The pregnancy progressed normally for Karen.  In time, the labor pains came. Soon it was every five minutes, every three, every minute. But serious complications arose during delivery and Karen found herself in hours of labor.

Would a C-section be required? Would the mother survive?  Would the baby live?  The entire family and medical staff were on pins and needles.  Finally, after a long and exhausting struggle, Michael's little sister was born. But she was in very serious condition.

The hospital did not have the facility to address the condition.  An ambulance was called to rush Karen to a special hospital.  The siren howling in the night, the ambulance rushed the infant to the neonatal intensive care unit. 

The days inched by. The little girl got worse. The pediatrician had to tell the parents there is very little hope. “Be prepared for the worst,” he said.  The words weighed heavy on the family.  

Karen and her husband contacted a local cemetery about a burial plot.  They had fixed up a special room in their house for their new baby, but now they found themselves having to plan for a funeral. Michael, however, kept begging his parents to let him see his sister.

“I want to sing to her,” he kept saying.

Michael’s baby sister was getting worse.  Week two in intensive care looked as if a funeral would come before the week was over.

Michael kept nagging about singing to his sister, but kids are never allowed in Intensive Care. Karen decided to take Michael whether they liked it or not.

If he didn't see his sister right then, he may never see her alive. She dressed him in an oversized scrub suit and marched him into ICU. He looked like a walking laundry basket.

The head nurse recognized him as a child and bellowed, “Get that kid out of here now. No children are allowed.” The mother rose up strong in Karen, and the usually mild-mannered lady glared steel-eyed right into the head nurse's face, her lips a firm line. 'He is not leaving until he sings to his sister' she barked back.  Her emotions pouring out in the heartache she was feeling.

Karen towed Michael to his sister's bedside. He gazed at the tiny infant losing the battle to live.  Michael, oblivious to all the tubes, dials, and pumps tied to his baby sister began to sing.  His excitement to see his baby sister was unquestionable. 

In the pure-hearted voice of a 3-year-old, Michael sang:

”You are my sunshine, my only sunshine, you make me happy when skies are gray.”  Instantly the baby girl seemed to respond. Her pulse rate began to calm down and become steady.

”Keep on singing, Michael,” encouraged Karen with tears in her eyes.

”You never know, dear, how much I love you, please don't take my sunshine away.” As Michael sang to his sister, his baby sister’s ragged, strained breathing became as smooth as a kitten's purr. 

Even Michael noticed the change.  He paused as if he did something wrong and innocently turned to his mom as if he made some sort of mistake. 

“Keep on singing, sweetheart,” Michaels mother nudged, reassuring him it was okay.

”The other night, dear, as I lay sleeping, I dreamed I held you in my arms.”  Michael's little sister began to relax as rest, healing rest, seemed to sweep over her.

”Keep on singing, Michael,” Karens cracked voice whispered.  Tears were pouring down her face and quietly the bossy head nurse stood in the doorway wiping tears from her eyes as well.

Michael glowed as he sung to his baby sister.   “You are my sunshine, my only sunshine. Please don't take my sunshine away..”

The next day...the very next day the little girl was well enough to go home. 

Woman's Day Magazine called it The Miracle of a Brother's Song.  The medical staff just called it a miracle.  Karen called it a miracle of God's love.

The innocence of one child pierced the heart of the most hardened and skeptical people in that hospital.  Michael’s love for his baby sister affirms to us all that we should never give up on the people we love.

 

Editorial note:  There are touching stories that we love to receive at www.CHALDEAN.org.  These inspirational messages for the soul help many of our readers make it through a difficult day.  We ask all our readers that when you receive a touching e-mail that has moved you, made you laugh, or given you moment to pause, please be sure to include info@chaldean.org in your forward. 

To make the message more meaningful and to protect the innocent we do change the names and vary the venue a bit, but always strive to keep the core of the story true to its purpose. We do hope such stories, some fictional and some quite true, help give you the soulful vitamins we all lack. As always, we do ask you share these medicinal stories with those you love. 


Mother of God Church, MI USA

 

Mother of God Chaldean Catholic Church
25585 Berg Road
Southfield, MI 48033
Tel: (248) 356-0565
Fax: (248) 356-5235
Email:
MotherOfGodChurch@yahoo.com

Founding Pastor:
Msgr. Geroge Garmo in 1972
The current church building
was completed in 1980.

Pastor:
Rev.  Manuel Yousif Boji

Parochial Vicar:
Rev. Wisam Matti
 


 MASS SCHEDULE
Daily:  10:00 AM Chaldean
Tuesdays:  5:30 PM Chaldean/English 
Saturdays:  Ramsha 4:45-5:20 PM; Mass 5:30 PM Chaldean   
Sundays:  8:30 AM Arabic, 10:00 AM English, 12:00 PM Chaldean

 1st Friday, Sodality Prayers 11 AM – 12 PM
1st Saturday, Immaculate Heart Sodality Prayers 4:00 PM

TEAM NAME:
Mother of God Guardian Angels

SERVICES:
Communion & Catechism School
Chaldean Language School
Hall Rental
Wedding Services
Baptism Services
Funeral Services

CHURCH GROUPS:
Monday: Family Bible Study 8:00 P.M. Upper Hall
Friday: Young Adult English Bible Study 7:30 P.M. Lower Hall
Wednesday: Young Adult Arabic Bible Study 7:30 P.M. Lower Hall
Prayer Groups
Our Lady Social
Ur of the Chaldees
Knights of Columbus
Mass Servers
Youth Choir
Adult Choir
Family Fun Friday
Friday Friends
Communications Ministry
Chaldean Teens Coming Together
Performance Ministry
Gift Store
Library and Research
Social Ministry & Support
Chaldean Language Classes
Fishers of Men
 


 Rev. Manuel Yousif Boji

Fr. Manuel was born in Telkaif in the suburbs of Nineveh, Iraq in 1946.   Reverend Manuel Boji entered the Chaldean Seminary in Mousl in 1958 and was ordained a priest in Baghdad in 1968.  His first assignment was in Telkaif where he served for 19 years.  In July 1987, Fr. Manuel was assigned  to the United States  where he assisted Mar Addai Parish in Oak Park, Michigan for six months.  From March 1988 until April 1990, he was administrator of Sacred Heart Parish in Detroit, Michigan.  Fr. Manuel completed his Masters and Doctorate work from both U of D Mercy and Wayne State University while assigned to the United States.  In May 1990, Fr. Manuel was assigned to Mother of God Parish and is currently serving there as Rector of the Cathedral. 

Parochial Vicar: Rev. Wisam Matti

Fr. Wisam was born in Basrah, Iraq on October 30, 1971. Completing his education in Iraq and serving in the military Fr. Wisam then entered the Chaldean Seminary in Baghdad in 1984.  He was ordained a priest in Karemlees a suburb of Nineveh on July 4th 1997.  His first assignment was in Mosul where he served for five years.  On January 21, 2002, Fr. Wisam was transferred to the Unites States and was assigned to Mother of God Parish where he is currently serving as parochial vicar.  Fr. Wisam, earned his Master in Pastoral Theology on April 28, 2007 from Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit, Michigan. 

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