One day, a 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 girl 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 taught us never to accept payment for a kindness."
"Then I thank you from the bottom of my heart," he replied.
As the boy left that house, he not only felt stronger physically, but his faith had been restored. He had been ready to give up and quit.
Year's later that young girl became critically ill. The local doctors were baffled. They finally sent her to the 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. After meeting her, he went back to the consultation room determined to save her life. From that day he gave all his attention to her 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 in the margin 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 words….
Paid in full with one glass of milk. Signed…..Dr. Howard Kelly.
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