The Miracle Of A Brother's Song
Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful . . . (1 Corinthians 13:7, NLT).
A friend told me an unconfirmed story about Karen, who found out that another baby was on the way.
Karen did what she could to help her three-year old son, Michael, prepare for the 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.
The pregnancy progressed normally for Karen, an active church member. Finally, Michael's little sister was born, but she was in serious physical condition. The ambulance rushed the infant to the hospital.
The baby girl became worse. The pediatric specialist told the parents, "There is very little hope. Be prepared for the worst."
Karen and her husband contacted a local cemetery about a burial plot. But Michael kept begging his parents to let him see his baby sister. "I want to sing to her," he said.
Children are never allowed in Intensive Care, but Karen decided to take Michael to see his sister whether they liked it or not. If he didn't see her soon, he might never see her alive.
She marched him into the ICU. The head nurse spotted him right away, recognized him as a child, and bellowed, "Get that kid out of here. Now! No children are allowed!"
With resolve, the usually mild-mannered Karen replied, "He is not leaving until he sings to his sister!" Karen took Michael to his sister's bedside. In the pure-hearted voice of a three-year-old, Michael sang: "You are my sunshine, my only sunshine, you make me happy when skies are gray . . . "
Instantly the baby girl responded. The pulse rate became calm and steady. "Keep singing Michael," Karen urged.
"You never know, dear, how much I love you. Please don't take my sunshine away."
"The other night, dear, as I lay sleeping, I dreamed I held you in my arms . . . " Michael's little sister relaxed as healing rest seemed to sweep over her. "Keep on singing, Michael." He did.
Tears conquered the face of the bossy head nurse. Karen glowed. Michael continued singing, "You are my sunshine, my only sunshine. Please don't take my sunshine away," he continued.
Funeral plans had to be scrapped, because the next day -- the very next day -- the little girl was well enough to go home!
We have not been able to verify this story, but Woman's Day magazine reportedly called it the miracle of a brother's song. The medical staff called it a miracle. Karen called it a miracle of God's love.
Yours for fulfilling the Great Commission each year until our Lord returns,
The late Dr. Bill Bright was Founder and President/Chairman Emeritus of Campus Crusade for Christ, an organization which began as a campus ministry in 1951 and now has more than 27,000 full-time staff and up to 500,000 trained volunteer staff in 196 countries in areas representing 99.6 percent of the world's population. In the past 50 years, Campus Crusade for Christ has seen approximately 6 billion exposures to the gospel worldwide. The film, "JESUS," which Bright conceived and funded through Campus Crusade for Christ, is the most widely translated and viewed film of any type ever produced. Since its use began in 1980, the film has been translated into 839 languages and viewed or listened to by over 5.7 billion people in 228 countries. Dr. Bright was also the author of more than fifty books. Visit campuscrusade.com for more details
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