The miracle of $1.11 – true story!

by Stephen on March 22, 2013 · 42 comments

in Inspirational Stories, True Stories

Tess was a precocious eight year old when she heard her Mom and Dad talking about her little brother, Andrew. All she knew was that he was very sick and they were completely out of money. They were moving to an apartment complex next month because Daddy didn’t have the money for the doctor bills and our house. Only a very costly surgery could save him now and it was looking like there was no-one to loan them the money. She heard Daddy say to her tearful Mother with whispered desperation, “Only a miracle can save him now.”

Tess went to her bedroom and pulled a glass jelly jar from its hiding place in the closet. She poured all the change out on the floor and counted it carefully. Three times, even. The total had to be exactly perfect. No chance here for mistakes. Carefully placing the coins back in the jar and twisting on the cap, she slipped out the back door and made her way 6 blocks to Rexall’s Drug Store with the big red Indian Chief sign above the door. She waited patiently for the pharmacist to give her some attention but he was too busy at this moment. Tess twisted her feet to make a scuffing noise. Nothing. She cleared her throat with the most disgusting sound she could muster. No good.

Finally she took a quarter from her jar and banged it on the glass counter. That did it!

“And what do you want?” the pharmacist asked in an annoyed tone of voice. “I’m talking to my brother from Chicago whom I haven’t seen in ages,” he said without waiting for a reply to his question.

“Well, I want to talk to you about my brother,” Tess answered back in the same annoyed tone. “He’s really, really sick… and I want to buy a miracle.”

“I beg your pardon?” said the pharmacist.

“His name is Andrew and he has something bad growing inside his head and my Daddy says only a miracle can save him now. So how much does a miracle cost?”

“We don’t sell miracles here, little girl. I’m sorry but I can’t help you,” the pharmacist said, softening a little. “Listen, I have the money to pay for it. If it isn’t enough, I will get the rest. Just tell me how much it costs.”

The pharmacist’s brother was a well dressed man. He stooped down and asked the little girl, “What kind of a miracle does you brother need?”

“I don’t know,” Tess replied with her eyes welling up. “I just know he’s really sick and Mommy says he needs an operation. But my Daddy can’t pay for it, so I want to use my money.”

“How much do you have?” asked the man from Chicago. “One dollar and eleven cents,” Tess answered barely audibly. “And it’s all the money I have, but I can get some more if I need to.

“Well, what a coincidence,” smiled the man. “A dollar and eleven cents – the exact price of a miracle for little brothers.” He took her money in one hand and with the other hand he grasped her mitten and said, “Take me to where you live. I want to see your brother and meet your parents. Let’s see if I have the kind of miracle you need.”

That well dressed man was Dr. Carlton Armstrong, a surgeon, specialising in neuro-surgery. The operation was completed without charge and it wasn’t long until Andrew was home again and doing well. Mom and Dad were happily talking about the chain of events that had led them to this place.

“That surgery,” her Mom whispered. “was a real miracle. I wonder how much it would have cost?”

Tess smiled. She knew exactly how much a miracle cost… one dollar and eleven cents … plus the faith of a little child.

Claimed to be a true story
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{ 42 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Genevieve March 22, 2013 at 7:28 am

Very touching story..faith faith faith…

2 Nainam March 22, 2013 at 7:59 am

Really touching story. Thank you for sharing. 🙂

3 Manju March 22, 2013 at 8:11 am

Really touching and God performs miracles for all who have faith in Him

4 Rozy March 22, 2013 at 12:49 pm

God helps His children in one or another way.

5 Farhath March 22, 2013 at 11:00 pm

Heart breaking story. If this happens in our life it will be soooooo gooood.

6 Neha March 23, 2013 at 1:02 am

Simply amazing!!!

7 Noeme D. Catayas March 23, 2013 at 2:55 am

Miracle still happens… we just have to have faith in God.

8 Aayesha.M March 23, 2013 at 4:18 am

Really interesting story. It is just a miracle of God. If God thinks that the person has to live, he will be alive. If God has decided that he should not live whatever he tries he can’t live. God is great He will help in anyways who is in need of help.

9 Mariva March 23, 2013 at 8:22 am

Very nice story… 🙂

10 Sudhir March 23, 2013 at 11:17 am

Really touching…….

11 Bridgette March 24, 2013 at 1:17 am

Miracle indeed!!….

12 Slye d Poet March 25, 2013 at 12:28 am

This story teaches that you can get whatever you want by using what you have in hand no matter the size, you just need to know all tnings are possible if you believe.

13 Saran March 25, 2013 at 4:37 am

Wow….what a miracle!

14 Sandeep Mahe March 26, 2013 at 2:05 am

This story really makes me learn, never to give up till the end. Even impossible can be possible at times.

15 Shakunthala March 27, 2013 at 6:35 am

Very nice heart touching story.

16 ThuHuong March 27, 2013 at 8:37 pm

Thanks so much for your touching story. It pulls me out of my disappointment and sadness.

17 Saurabh March 28, 2013 at 4:14 am

That’s what i need too!

18 Ben April 1, 2013 at 12:32 am

Maracles do happen indeed. All we need is to have faith in our Heavenly Father.

19 Ashfaq April 12, 2013 at 7:04 am

Very touchy, God bless you for sharing such a nice story !

20 Sara April 13, 2013 at 8:36 am

Very touching

21 Ranjith April 15, 2013 at 11:39 am

The reason why the miracle happened in the first place was because the child believed that a miracle was possible with all her little heart.

So people reading this story start have faith, faith, faith,……

22 Lakshman April 19, 2013 at 1:59 am

Faith makes things happen…

23 Nivetha April 20, 2013 at 1:33 pm

Really nice story…

24 Zavier May 3, 2013 at 2:59 am

Tears in my eyes.

25 Ravi Jogai May 3, 2013 at 5:02 am

Thats faith……

26 T.Muan Zou May 10, 2013 at 6:34 am

I love it. Thank you for the inspiring story.

27 S.Krishna Kumar May 16, 2013 at 4:38 am

We should believe that faith in God only gives purpose and meaningful to our Life.

Nothing can happen without His sanction.

28 Navaneethan.n June 11, 2013 at 7:48 am

God praises for innocent. So nice of you.

29 Anjumnair July 4, 2013 at 4:57 pm

Oh dear Tess, you just gave me new ray of hope in my life. And yes am sure and I know MIRACLES do happen. It will happen to me soon 🙂

30 Steven Foo July 11, 2013 at 3:54 am

Really touching and God performs miracles for all who have faith in Him. Please allow me loan your words. Thank you.

31 Polycarp July 21, 2013 at 9:12 pm

That’s how God works miracles this piece is so encouraging to me.

32 Rahul91dev August 6, 2013 at 7:16 am

Really very nice !!!

33 Camilia August 14, 2013 at 1:24 pm

Great story. Very inspiring.

34 Deepak Gupta September 2, 2013 at 3:46 pm

Thanks for this great story and this site too.

35 Rangarajan V October 7, 2013 at 9:01 am

Touching one. Let us serve others in our own way. “Love all, Serve all”.

36 Raghs_HeartBroke December 31, 2013 at 6:20 am

Have faith , miracle will happen itself 🙂

37 Chirag January 31, 2014 at 2:54 am

Every time I’m reading this story, my faith in GOD going super solid.

38 Latha February 7, 2014 at 12:01 pm

My faith in god became strong.

39 Ruth jen eucogco July 26, 2014 at 5:31 am

Faith always makes a difference. If we have faith there is always a change. It is very touching that you can think of renewing your faith all over again.

40 Molley November 8, 2014 at 3:59 am

God’s provide.. Amen

41 Joseph February 7, 2015 at 8:22 am

A true miracle.

Very nice story

42 David February 19, 2016 at 2:09 am

Our God is awesome and does great miracles and Loves us so much

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