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.
Years 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...
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."