Tuesday, 7 August 2012


One day, a poor boy who was selling goods
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 pay
for a kindness.” He said, “Then I thank you from my
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
Year’s 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, 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 of the bill. She began to read the following
“Paid in full with one glass of milk”
Signed, Dr. Howard Kelly.

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