It has been said that this is a true story.
A Glass of Milk
One day, a poor boy who was selling goods from door to door to pay his way through school realized all he had was a dime in his pocket. Nobody was buying his goods and he was getting very hungry. He decided he would try to barter for some food at the next house.
He rang the doorbell and when a lovely woman answered he lost his nerve to barter for food so he asked only for a drink of water.
The woman looked at him and instantly knew he was hungry so instead of bringing him a drink of water she brought him a glass of milk. He slowly drank it and when he finished he 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, "Well I thank you from the bottom of my heart. I really do appreciate it."
When Howard Kelly left the house, he not only felt stronger physically, but his faith in God and good people was renewed. He was ready to give up on both until this had happened.
Years later, the young woman became critically ill. The local doctors were baffled. They finally sent her to the big city where they called in a specialist 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 feeling overcame him. Immediately he rose and went down the hall to her hospital room. Dressed in his doctor's gown, he went in to see her and recognized her at once. He went back to the consultation room determined to do his best to save her life. From that day forward, he gave her special attention.
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.
When the woman received the bill, she dreaded opening it because she knew it would take the rest of her life to pay for it all. Finally, as she slowly ripped open the envelope and pulled out the invoice she looked and something caught her attention. On the side of the bill she read:
"PAID IN FULL WITH ONE GLASS OF MILK." Signed Dr. Howard Kelly.
Hebrew 13:16 And don't forget to do good and to share with those in need. These are the sacrifices that please God. (NLT)