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A glass of Milk, paid in Full

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 began to read the following words:

“Paid in full with one glass of milk.

Signed, Dr. Howard Kelly.”

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{ 295 comments… add one }
  • Jeff December 11, 2018, 4:08 am

    Don’t leave with people as if there is no tomorrow, because tomorrow is wealthier to pay for today. And the evil that men do leave to follow them

  • Harshita August 4, 2018, 5:25 am

    I was finding a story like this only.

  • Aman May 27, 2018, 2:57 am

    Very heart touching story. 😇😇. 😭😭😭

  • Duchess C. October 10, 2017, 4:32 am

    This is really an inspiring story of kindness.

  • Twinkle Patre October 8, 2017, 4:29 am

    It was good but the best part I found was the ending of the story. Those strong lines were the main reason which made the story effective.

  • Samuel Clark Kofi September 4, 2017, 4:40 am

    so heartfelt story, I love this story. ln life we ought to do good!!

  • Fr. Joseph Ogola Sirgua May 9, 2017, 6:26 am

    I live my life on these kind of stories. Am so glad humanity is all over …but above in each one of us…

  • Amuta April 21, 2017, 9:00 pm

    These are wonderful stories. I like it. THANKS TO U ALL.

  • Kefa muchiri November 28, 2016, 12:06 am

    Do good to others

  • Blue Eagle October 20, 2016, 3:42 pm

    We reap what we sow

  • Isaac Kpokpo October 6, 2016, 12:51 pm

    Great story.

  • Princess September 16, 2016, 9:31 am

    What goes around comes around. The good that we do to others will always come back to us. As they always say “God will never ask from you what he knows you can’t give.” As we learn to help others we also receive blessing ourselves. Thanks for sharing, I am truly blessed

  • Hillary June 25, 2016, 5:23 pm

    I have learn alot from this story…thanks alot

  • Bomkazi Tshicila June 17, 2016, 12:08 pm

    Wonderful story for young children and adults. Very educational

  • Mose clinton June 12, 2016, 8:26 pm

    These stories are really inspiring.

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