Jul 12, 2015

A Glass Of Milk

Years ago, when door-to-door sales was still popular, a poor young college student once went door-to-door selling various things to help pay for his living expenses and for his way through school. With his meager earnings, he often scrimped on food. One afternoon, he found himself down to his last dollar after having sold practically nothing for weeks. He was very hungry after hours of walking with just a small bowl of cornflakes for breakfast and no lunch.

In his hunger, he decided to swallow his pride and 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 just a drink of water. She thought he looked quite tired and hungry so she brought him a large glass of milk instead.

He drank it so slowly, and after savoring the very last drop, he handed the empty glass to the young lady and said,

"Thank you very much. How much do I owe you?"

"Nothing! Mother always told me to never accept payment for an act of kindness," she replied.

"Then, I thank you from the bottom of my heart," came his response.

As the young fellow left that house, he not only felt stronger physically, but his faith in God and man was strengthened, too.

A few years later, the young woman became critically ill with some strange malady, which the physicians in her town's local hospital felt inadequate and ill-equipped to take care of, so they decided it best to send her to a better equipped hospital in the big city.

Dr. Howard Kelly was called in to consult on the case. As his custom, he would do a quick review of the patient's medical record before actually seeing the patient. For some uncanny reason, when he read the name of the town from where the patient came, his curiosity was instantly piqued.

Immediately, he rose and went over to the patient's hospital room. As soon as he saw the young woman, he instantly recognized her.

From that point, he determined to do his best for her, and he gave special attention to her case.
After a long struggle, the battle over the strange disease was won.

When the young lady was ready for discharge, Dr. Kelly requested the hospital's billing office to send him a copy of the patient's entire bill.

Like any patient, upon discharge from the hospital, the young lady worried about the cost of her hospitalization and how to pay for it. A few weeks later, the hospital bill finally arrived in her home. To her surprise, just below the total amount due were the words: "Paid in full with a glass of milk". –Author Unknwon/Contributed by Ralph

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