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:

Dr. Howard Kelly.

Tears of joy flooded her eyes as her happy heart prayed: "Thank You, God,
that Your love is shed abroad through
human hearts and hands.

This story was sent to me by e-mail

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