[MOL] a short story [01599] Medicine On Line


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[MOL] a short story



 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 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 
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, 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. 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 has spread abroad through human hearts and hands." 
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