One day, a poor boy named Howard Kelly 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 so 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, “I thank you from my heart” and left. As the poor boy 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.
Many years later that same 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 (1858-1943) [a distinguished physician, one of the four founding doctors of John Hopkins, the first medical research university and arguably one of the finest hospitals in US. In 1895 he established the department of Gynaecology and Obstetrics at that school] was called in for 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 her 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, and 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. Yes, Dr. Kelly not only wrote off her bill but he did this with every three out of four patients he treated.
Tears of joy flooded her eyes as her happy heart prayed: “Thank you God that your love has spread broad through human hearts and hands.”
There’s a saying, ”bread cast on the water comes back to you ”. The good deed you do today may benefit you or someone you love at the least expected time. If you never see the deed again at least you will have made the world a better place. And, after all, isn’t that what life is all about?
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