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One Glass of Milk

Submitted by AMAC member Richard Erikson –

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 though 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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William Abruzzo
4 years 26 days ago

Great story, but why leave the ‘o’ out of God?

VirgoVince
4 years 26 days ago
Wonderful story, but we all know it doesn’t happen that way, these days!!!! Too bad, it’s just a story from the past!! WE’RE already half way thru the Labor Day holiday weekend, so I hope all of you are having a wonderful safe and happy holiday weekend!! NOT forgetting for a moment the loss of life, property and personal possessions, caused by the recent storm that tore a path thru the heartland and made the mighty Mississippi reverse flow for several hours!!!! Still the damage was not as severe as it MIGHT have been, thanks to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and their tireless efforts to shore up the coast of Louisiana, since the last storm of 7 yrs ago!! Slight failure was expected, but always remember, it could have been much worse!!!! God Bless all victims and First Responders, neighbors and friends!! Our hearts go out to you… Read more »
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