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A Glass of Milk

Sunday, 04 March 2012 · Christian Life
One day, a poor boy who was selling clothing door to door to pay for his education realized that he only had ten cents left in his pockets. He was hungry and so decided to ask for some food at the next house that he came to. In the meantime, he lost his hunger when a beautiful young woman opened the door. Instead of a meal, he asked for a glass of water. She saw that he was very hungry so instead brought him a huge glass of milk. He drank it very slowly and then asked, “How much do I owe you?”

“You do not owe me anything at all”, she replied. “My mother taught us never to accept anything for doing someone a kindness”.

He replied: “Then I thank you from the bottom of my heart”.
When Howard Kelly left the house, as well as feeling stronger physically, he sensed a return of his faith in the Lord which he had nearly abandoned.

Years later, this same young woman fell gravely ill. The local doctors were mystified, so they sent her to the big city where they knew that the specialists would be able to diagnose this rare sickness. Doctor Howard Kelly was called as a consultant. When he heard the name of the city where she lived, a memory burned brightly in his eyes. He got up and went to her room. As he entered her room, he immediately recognized her. He returned to the consultant room, determined to do his best to save her life.

From that day on, he paid attention to her case. After, a long battle, the war was finally won. Doctor Kelly left instructions that the bill should be sent to him for authorization. He looked it over wrote something in the margin and sent it to her room. She thought that when she opened the envelope she would find an invoice that would take the rest of her life to pay in full. But when she opened it, something caught her attention in the margin of the invoice. She read these words:
“Paid in full with a glass of milk” – Doctor Howard Kelly
Tears of joy filled her eyes. She prayed, “Thank you Lord, for your love has crossed the hands and hearts of men.”

Ecclesiastes 11 verse 1 says, “Do good wherever you go. After a while, the good you do will come back to you.”(ERV). Even if you do not see this act of goodness returned, at least you will have made a difference in this world. Isn’t that what God desires of us? “Let brotherly love continue. Stop neglecting to show hospitality to strangers, for by showing hospitality some have had angels as their guests without being aware of it.”—Heb.13:1-2 (ISV).

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