One day, a poor boy who was selling goods from
door to door to pay his way through school, found
he had only one thin dime left, and he was hungry.
He decided he would ask 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
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 us never to accept payment
for a kindness."
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He said, "Then I thank you from my heart."
As Howard Kelly left that house, he not only felt
stronger physically, but his faith in God and man
was strong also. He had been ready to give up and
Years later that young woman became critically
ill. The local doctors were baffled. They finally
sent her to the big city, where they called in specialists
to study her rare disease. Dr. Howard Kelly 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 the hall of the
hospital to 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 determined
to do his best to save her life. From that day he
gave special attention to the case.
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 edge and the bill
was sent to her room. She feared to open it for
she was sure it would take the rest of her life
to pay for it all. Finally, she looked, and something
caught her attention on the side as she read these
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"Paid in full with one glass of milk. (Signed)
Dr. Howard Kelly."
Tears of joy flooded her eyes as her happy heart
prayed, "Thank You, God, your love has spread
abroad through human hearts and hands."
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