Smell Of Rain


> >> > >> > >>Subject: THE SMELL OF RAIN > >> > >>It smells like rain > >> > >> > >> > > > > > THE SMELL OF RAIN ... IT WILL GIVE YOU CHILLS > >> > > > > > > >> > > > > > At the end of this story, it gives you two options. I think you > >>will > >> > > > > > figure out what option I chose. > >> > > > > > > >> > > > > > A cold March wind danced around the dead of night in Dallas as > >>the > >> > > > > > doctor walked into the small hospital room of Diana Blessing. > >>Still > >> > > > > > groggy from surgery, her husband David held her hand as they > >>braced > >> > > > > > themselves for the latest news. > >> > > > > > > >> > > > > > That afternoon of March 10, 1991, complications had forced > >>Diana, > >> > > > > > only 24 weeks pregnant, to undergo an emergency Cesarean to > >>deliver > >> > > > > > the couple's new daughter, Dana Lu Blessing. At 12" long and > >> > weighing > >> > > > > > only one pound and nine ounces, they already knew she was > >>perilously > >> > > > > > premature. Still, the doctor's soft words dropped like bombs. > >> > > > > > > >> > > > > > "I don't think she's going to make it," he said, as kindly as > >>he > >> > > > > > could."There's only a 10-percent chance she will live through > >>the > >> > > > > > night, and even then, if by some slim chance she does make it, > >>her > >> > > > >future > >> > > > > > could be > >> > > > > > a very cruel one."Numb with disbelief, David and Diana listened > >>as > >> > the > >> > > > > > doctor > >> > > > > > described the devastating problems Dana would likely face if > >>she > >> > > > > > survived. > >> > > > > > > >> > > > > > She would never walk, she would never talk, she would probably > >>be > >> > > > > > blind, and she would certainly be prone to other catastrophic > >> > > > > > conditions from cerebral palsy to complete mental retardation, > >>and > >> > > > > > on and on. > >> > > > > > > >> > > > > > "No! No," was all Diana could say. She and David, with their 5 > >>year > >> > > > > > old son Dustin, had long dreamed of the day they would have a > >> > > > > > daughter to become a family of four. Now, within! a matte r of > >> > hours, > >> > > > >that > >> > > > > > dream > >> > > > > > was slipping away. > >> > > > > > > >> > > > > > Through the dark hours of morning as Dana held onto life by the > >> > > > > > thinnest thread, Diana slipped in and out of sleep, growing > >>more > >>and > >> > > > > > more determined that their tiny daughter would live and live to > >>be > >>a > >> > > > > > healthy, happy young girl. > >> > > > > > > >> > > > > > But David, fully awake and listening to additional dire details > >>of > >> > > > > > their daughter's chances of ever leaving the hospital alive, > >>much > >> > > > > > less healthy, knew he must confront his wife with the > >>inevitable. > >> > > > > > David walked in and said that they needed to talk about making > >> > funeral > >> > > > > > arrangements. > >> > > > > > > >> > > > > > Diana remembers she felt so bad for him because he was doing > >> > > > > > everything, trying to include me in what was going on, but I > >>just > >> > > > > > wouldn't listen, I couldn't listen. I said, "No, that is not > >>going > >> > to > >> > > > > > happen, > >> > > > > > no way! I don't care what the doctors say. Dana is not going to > >>die! > >> > One > >> > > > >day > >> > > > > > she > >> > > > > > will be just fine, and she will be coming home with us!" > >> > > > > > > >> > > > > > As if willed to live by Diana's determination, Dana clung to > >>life > >> > > > > > hour after hour, with the help of every medical machine and > >>marvel > >> > > > > > her miniature body could endure. But as those first days > >>passed, a > >> > new > >> > > > > > agony set in for David and Diana. Because Dana's underdeveloped > >> > nervous > >> > > > > > system was > >> > > > > > essentially 'raw', the lightest kiss or caress only intensified > >>her > >> > > > > > discomfort, > >> > > > > > so they couldn't even cradle their tiny baby girl against their > >> > chests > >> > > > >to > >> > > > > > offer the strength of their love. All they could do, as Dana > >> > struggled > >> > > > >alone > >> > > > > > beneath the ultraviolet light in the tangle of tubes and wires, > >>was > >> > to > >> > > > >pray > >> > > > > > that God would ! stay close to their precious little girl. > >> > > > > > > >> > > > > > There was never a moment when Dana suddenly grew stronger. But > >>as> > >> > > > > > the weeks went by, she did slowly gain an ounce of weight here > >>and > >> > > > > > an ounce of strength there. At last, when Dana turned two > >>months > >> > old, > >> > > > > > her parents were able to hold her in their arms for the very > >>first > >> > time. > >> > > > > > And two months later, though doctors continued to gently but > >>grimly > >> > warn > >> > > > > > that her > >> > > > > > chances of surviving, much less living any kind of normal life > >>were > >> > next > >> > > > >to > >> > > > > > zero, Dana went home from the hospital, just as her mother had > >> > > > >predicted. > >> > > > > > > >> > > > > > Today, five years later, Dana is a petite but feisty young girl > >>with > >> > > > > > glittering gray eyes and an unquenchable zest for life. She > >>shows > >>no > >> > > > > > signs whatsoever of any mental or physical impairment. Simply, > >>she > >> > is > >> > > > > > everything a little girl can be and more. But---that happy > >>ending > >>is > >> > far > >> > > > > > from the end of > >> > > > > > her story. > >> > > > > > > >> > > > > > One blistering afternoon in the summer of 1996 near her home in > >> > > > > > Irving, Texas, Dana was sitting in her mother's lap in the > >>bleachers > >> > of > >> > > > >a > >> > > > > > local ballpark where her brother Dustin's baseball team was > >> > practicing. > >> > > > > > > >> > > > > > As always, Dana was chattering nonstop with her mother and > >>several > >> > > > > > other adults sitting nearby when she suddenly fell silent. > >>Hugging > >> > > > > > her arms across her chest, little Dana asked, "Do you smell > >>that?" > >> > > > >Smelling > >> > > > > > the air and detecting the approach of a thunderstorm, Diana > >>replied, > >> > > > >"Yes, > >> > > > > > it > >> > > > > > smells like rain." > >> > > > > > > >> > > > > > Dana closed her eyes and again asked, "Do you smell that?" > >> > > > > > Once again, her mother replied, "Yes, I think we're about to > >>get > >> > > > > > wet, it smells like rain." > >> > > > > > > >> > > > > > Still caught in the moment, Dana shook her head, patted her > >> > > > > > thin shoulders with her small hands and loudly announced, "No, > >>it > >> > smells > >> > > > > > like Him. It smells like God when you lay your head on His > >>chest." > >> > > > > > > >> > > > > > Tears blurred Diana's eyes as Dana then happily hopped down to > >>play > >> > > > > > with the other children. Before the rains came, her daughter's > >>words > >> > > > > > confirmed what Diana and all the members of the extended > >>Blessing > >> > > > > > family had known, at least in their hearts, all along. During > >>those > >> > long > >> > > > > > days > >> > > > > > and nights of her first two months of her life, when her nerves > >>were > >> > too > >> > > > > > sensitive for > >> > > > > > them to touch her, God was holding Dana on His chest, and it is > >>His > >> > > > >loving > >> > > > > > scent > >> > > > > > that she remembers so well. > >> > > > > > > >> > > > > > > >> > > > > > You now have 1 of 2 choices. > >> > > > > > > >> > > > > > You can either pass this on and let other people catch the > >>chills > >> > > > > > like you did, or you can delete this and act like it didn't > >>touch > >> > > > > > your heart like it did mine. IT'S YOUR CALL! > >> > > > > > > >> > > > > > "I can do all things in Him who strengthens me." (Phil. 4:13) > >> > > > > > > >> > > > > > Smell the rain. > >> > > > > > > >> > > > > > THE SMELL OF RAIN ... IT WILL GIVE YOU CHILLS > >> > > > > > > >> > > > > > MAY YOU BE BLESSED THIS DAY AND EVERY DAY!!

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