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How Big Is Your Storm?

Stop telling God how big your storm is.
Instead tell your storm how big your GOD is.

In Phoenix, Arizona, a 26-year-old mother stared
down at her 6-year-old son,who was dying of
terminal leukemia. Although her heart was filled
with sadness, she also had a strong feeling of
determination. Like any parent, she wanted her
son to grow up and fulfill all his dreams.

Now that was no longer possible. The leukemia
would see to that.

But she still wanted her son's dreams to come
true. She took her son's hand and asked, "Billy,
did you ever think about what you wanted to be
once you grew up? Did you ever dream and wish
what you would do with your life?"

Mommy, "I always wanted to be a fireman when I
grew up." Mom smiled back and said, "Let's see
if we can make your wish come true."

Later that day she went to her local fire
department in Phoenix,Arizona, where she met
Fireman Bob, who had a heart as big as Phoenix.

She explained her son's final wish and asked
if it might be possible to give her six-year
-old son a ride around the block on a fire
engine.

Fireman Bob said, "Look, we can do better than
that.

If you'll have your son ready at seven o'clock
Wednesday morning, we'll make him an honorary
fireman for the whole day.

He can come down to the fire station, eat with
us, go out on all the fire calls, the whole
nine yards! And if you'll give us his sizes,
we'll get a real fire uniform for him, with
a real fire hat-not a toy one-with the emblem
of the Phoenix Fire Department on it, a yellow
slicker like we wear and rubber boots.

They're all manufactured right here in Phoenix,
so we can get them fast."

Three days later Fireman Bob picked up Billy,
dressed him in his fire uniform and escorted
him from his hospital bed to the waiting hook
and ladder truck.

Billy got to sit on the back of the truck and
help steer it back to the fire station. He was
in heaven. There were three fire calls in
Phoenix that day and Billy got to go out on
all three calls.

He rode in the different fire engines, the
paramedic's van, and even the fire chief's
car.

He was also videotaped for the local news
program.

Having his dream come true, with all the
love and attention that was lavished upon
him, so deeply touched Billy that he lived
three months longer than any doctor thought
possible. One night all of his vital signs
began to drop dramatically and the head nurse,
who believed in the hospice concept that no
one should die alone, began to call the family
members to the hospital. Then she remembered
the day Billy had spent as a fireman, so she
called the Fire Chief and asked if it would
be possible to send a fireman in uniform to
the hospital to be with Billy as he made his
transition.

The chief replied, "We can do better than
that. We'll be there in five minutes. Will
you please do me a favor? When you hear the
sirens screaming and see the lights flashing,
will you announce over the PA system that
there is not a fire? It's just the fire
department coming to see one of its finest
members one more time. And will you open
the window to his room?"

About five minutes later a hook and ladder
truck arrived at the hospital and extended
its ladder up to Billy's third floor open
window. 16 firefighters climbed up the ladder
into Billy's room. With his mother's per-
mission, they hugged him and held him and
told him how much they loved him.

With his dying breath, Billy looked up at
the fire chief and said, "Chief, am I really
a fireman now?"

"Billy, you are, and the Head Chief, Jesus,
is holding your hand," the chief said.

With those words, Billy smiled and said, "I
know, He's been holding my hand all day, and
the angels have been singing."

He closed his eyes one last time.



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