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One day a poor boy called Howard Kelly was selling goods door to door to pay his way through school. He had only a few rupees left and was very 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 glass 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 take money for kindness.” He said, “Then I thank you from my heart.”

As Howard Kelly left that house, he not only felt strong physically, but his faith in God and human beings was stronger now.

Years later that young woman fell critically ill. The local doctors were baffled (puzzled). They could not diagnose what she was suffering from. They finally sent her to a bigger city, where they called in specialists to check her. Dr Howard Kelly was called in for consultation. When he heard the name of the town she had came from, a strange light filled his eyes. Immediately he rose and went down to see her. He recognised her at once. Dr Kelly went back to the consultation room determined to do his best to save her life. From that day onwards, he gave special attention to this case. After a long struggle, the battle to save her life was won.

Dr Kelly requested the business office to pass the final bill to him for approval. He looked at it and 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. When she opened it, something caught her attention on the side of the bill. Written there was — “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!”

End of the story.


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