[ 2007-04-16 14:07 ]
A Glass of Milk
One day, a poor boy who was trying to pay his way through school by selling
goods door to door found that he only had one dime left. He was hungry so he
decided to beg for a meal at the next house.
However, he lost his nerve when a lovely young woman opened the door. Instead
of a meal he asked for a drink of water. She thought he looked hungry so she
brought him a large glass of milk. He drank it slowly, and then asked, "How much
do I owe you?"
"You don't owe me anything," she replied. "Mother has taught me never to
accept pay for a kindness." He said, "Then I thank you from the bottom of my
heart." As Howard Kelly left that house, he not only felt stronger physically,
but it also increased his faith in God and the human race. He was about to give
up and quit before this point.
Years later the young woman became critically ill. The local doctors were
baffled. They finally sent her to the big city, where specialists can be called
in to study her rare disease. Dr. Howard Kelly, now famous was called in for the
consultation. When he heard the name of the town she came from, a strange light
filled his eyes. Immediately, he rose and went down through the hospital hall
into her room.
Dressed in his doctor's gown he went in to see her. He recognized her at
once. He went back to the consultation room and determined to do his best to
save her life. From that day on, he gave special attention to her
After a long struggle, the battle was won. Dr. Kelly requested the
business office to pass the final bill to him for approval. He looked at it and
then wrote something on the side. The bill was sent to her room. She was afraid
to open it because she was positive that it would take the rest of her life to
pay it off. Finally she looked, and the note on the side of the bill caught her
attention. She read these words...
"Paid in full with a glass of milk."
(Signed) Dr. Howard Kelly
Tears of joy flooded her eyes as she prayed silently: "Thank You, God. Your
love has spread through human hearts and hands."