The Glass of Milk

Morning Story and Dilbert

Vintage Dilbert
June 22, 2009

Kleenex Alert
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 read these words…..

“Paid in full with one glass of milk”

(Signed)
Dr. Howard Kelly

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25 comments
  1. What a great story…it reminds me of the neighbor who came over to ask for salt and pepper. We gave him some and told him to keep it since we rarely use it. He was surprised even as a fellow Christian that we would be so kind.

  2. Both were rewarded….both did Jesus work. God is a good God.

  3. This goes to show that true riches are in our hearts.

  4. Saving this one for an inspirational story. I recently volunteered to be part of a monthly storytelling hour at my local AAC (Active Adult Center) — what used to be called a “Senior Center.” I share the hour with another story teller.

    • I wish I could attend one of your readings!!! I bet you can really make this one come to life!!! I always look forward to your comments….

      Take Care and God Bless 🙂 Kenny T

    • Hey Dave, between you and me, it could have been a Smoothie or maybe…. A cuppa coffee LOL

      Take Care my Friend and God Bless 🙂 Kenny T

  5. Had to read it twice. Made me cry. Thanks for all you do to bring these amazing stories to us.

  6. I’ve seen this story somewhere before but I enjoyed it just as much this time around 🙂 Thank you for sharing it.

  7. summerstommy said:

    No matter how many times you read stories like this at the end that lump in your throat jumps, tears form and you are grateful that there are wonderful people in this world. Thanks for the story.

  8. Alas, I had not even a glass of milk to pay my sin debt.

  9. Timothy Latim said:

    Where do you get these stories from?

  10. Oh my, this is beautiful. It reminds me of a kindness that was paid to me years ago. My Savior paid for my sins on the cross with his blood. Then he offered me the gift of eternal life…and it cost me nothing. I only had to believe and receive this most precious gift that lasts for ever.
    Thanks for sharing, Ken.

  11. Lovely read!!! Especially since it’s my first read in the morning. Acts of kindness are paid back… Some day… In some beautiful way!

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