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One Glass of Milk


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 pay
for a kindness." 

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 quit. 

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, he 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 read these words: "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, that Your love is shed abroad through human hearts and hands."



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