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To My Little Sister: You Are My Sunshine!
By Frank Dado :: Wednesday, October 29, 2008 :: 128657 Views :: Article Rating :: 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. 


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St. Thomas, MI USA

St. Thomas Chaldean Catholic Church
6900 Maple Rd.
West Bloomfield, MI 48322
Tel: (248) 788-2460
Fax: (248) 788-2153

Founding Pastor:
Rev. Hanna Cheikho

Current Pastor:
Rev. Frank Kalabat

Parochial Vicar:
Rev. Jirjis Abrahim

Rev. Emmanuel Rayes, Retired  


Rev. Frank Kalabat
 

Rev. Frank Kalabat was born in 1970 in San Diego, California and entered St. Francis Seminary of San Diego, California.  The admission to the Catholic seminary made him the first born U.S. Chaldean to enter an American seminary.  In 1992, Fr. Kalabat continued his studies at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit, Michigan.  In July 1995, shortly after graduation he was ordained as priest by His Excellency Bishop Ibrahim N. Ibrahim.  

Fr. Frank chose Mother of God Parish in Southfield, MI. as his first assignment serving the Chaldean community as an associate pastor for half a decade.  In 2001, Fr. Kalabat was elected to serve as Pastor of St. Tomas Parish in West Bloomfield, Michigan where he remains today.   

Rev. Jirjis Abrahim

Rev. Jirjis Abrahim was born in Telkaif, Iraq in 1942. Upon graduation Fr. Abrahim was admitted to St. Peter Chaldean Seminary in Baghdad, Iraq.  After a decade of studies and numerous degrees, Fr. Abrhim was ordained a priest in 1967.  He chose to continue ministering in Baghdad, Iraq.  There he was appointed the headmaster of the catechism at Mother of Sorrows Cathedral.  Fr. Abrahim also assisted St. Therese Church in Baghdad until 1978.  Afterward he was asked to assist St. Joseph Church in Baghdad and was appointed Parochial Vicar from 1978-1992. 

In 1992, Fr. Abrahim was called upon to assist the growing Chaldean population in Michigan.  Upon his arrival he was assigned to St. Joseph Church in Tory, Michigan.  Two years later Fr. Abrahim was asked to become the pastor of a Parish community in Windsor, Canada  where he remained the parish pastor until 2001.

Continuing demographic changes in Michigan required Fr. Abrahim to return to St. Joseph Parish in Tory as a Parochial Vicar, where he remained until 2006.  In 2006 he was elected to St. Thomas Parish as Parochial Vicar in West Bloomfield, MI. where he currently serves the Chaldean community.

 

Rev. Emmanuel Rayes

Rev. Emmanuel Rays was born in Araden, Iraq in 1930.  He studied at St. John Dominican Seminary and was ordained to the priesthood in 1954.  The Chaldean catholic ambassador ministered in northern Iraq from 1954-1963, in Syria and Lebanon from 1963-1980, and in the United Stated from 1980 to the present day.
 
Form 1980-1983, he was appointed associate pastor at Mother of God Parish in Southfield, Michigan.  From 1983-1989 he served as pastor at Sacred Heart Parish in Detroit, Michigan.  During the early 1990’s he ministered to the Chaldean community in Farmington Hills and was at St. Joseph Parish in Tory where he was Parochial Vicar until 2000.

Although Fr. Rayes retired in 2001, he remains active in serving the community.  He is the author of many articles in Arabic and is the editor-in-chief of the Al Mishal and Al-Tariq magazine.  He has translated and continues to translate many books from French and English into Arabic.