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Posted by Margaret on August 04, 2000 at 19:14:17:

This may well make you weep.........
Friday, 04-Aug-2000 04:31:14

Subject: MCL: WATCH OUT THIS WILL MAKE YOUR EYES LEAK

Marine Corps League e-mail Discussion Group
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Get your kleenex out this hits the heart! A close friend sent this to
me and I just had to send it out.

Subject: You Are My 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 to
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, an active
member of the Panther Creek United
Methodist Church in Morristown,TN. 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?
Finally, after a long struggle,
Michael's little sister was
born.

But she was in very serious
condition. With a siren howling in the
night, the ambulance rushed the infant to
the neonatal intensive care unit
at St. Mary's Hospital, Knoxville,
Tennessee. 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."


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. 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 made up
her mind, though. She would 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. But 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!"

Karen towed Michael to his sister's
bedside. He gazed at the tiny infant losing
the battle to live. After a
moment, he
Began to sing. 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. The 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, the
baby's ragged, strained breathing became as
smooth as a kitten's purr.
"Keep on singing, Sweetheart!!!" "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."

Tears had now conquered the face
of the bossy head nurse. Karen
glowed.
"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 God's love!

NEVER GIVE UP ON THE
PEOPLE YOU LOVE. LOVE IS SO
INCREDIBLY POWERFUL.

Please send this to all the
people that have touched your life
inm some way.

Life is good. Have a Wonderful Day!

When you receive this e-mail
just recite the following prayer.
That's all you have to do.

There is nothing attached. This is the power
of prayer at work. Just send
this to (4) people and see what happens on the
fourth day.

Do not break this, please. There
is no cost, but lots of
rewards.

Let's continue to pray for one
another. PRAYER: May today there be peace
within you. May you trust God
that you are exactly where you are meant
to be. May you not forget the
infinite possibilities that are born of
faith. May you use those gifts
that you have received, and pass on the
love that has been given to you.

May you be content knowing that you are a
child of God. Let His presence settle
into your bones, and allow your soul
the freedom to sing, dance,
and to bask in the sun. It is there for each and
every one of you.

Send this to (4) or more people
and witness the awesome power of
prayer.

"I can do all things though
Christ who strengthens me."

Phil

SEMPER FI
GUNNY

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