Thursday, February 19, 2009

The Story of a Glass of Milk

For all my friends who have left imprints in my heart....this is for you...Thank you for adding value to my life by being there for me...especially in my darkest times.

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One day, a poor boy was selling clothing door to door,
to pay for his education
realized that he only had ten cents left in his pockets.
He was hungry and so decided to ask for some food
at the next house he comes to.
In the meantime, he lost his hunger
when a beautiful woman opened the door.
Instead of a meal, he asked for a glass of water.
She saw that he was very hungry
so instead brought him a huge glass of milk.
He drank it very slowly and then asked:
"How much do I owe you?"
"You do not owe me anything at all," she replied:
"My mother taught us never to accept anything
for doing someone a kindness."
He replied: "Then I thank you from the bottom of my heart."
When Howard Kelly left the house
as well as feeling stronger physically.
he sensed a return of his faith in the Lord
which he had early abandoned.
Years later, this same young woman fell gravely ill.
The local doctors were mystified,
so they sent her to the big city
where they knew that the specialists
would be able to diagnose this rare sickness.
Doctor Howard Kelly was called as a consultant.
When he heard this name of the city where she lived,
he got up and went to her room.
As he entered her room,
he immediately recognized her.
He returned to the consultation room,
determined to do his best to save her life.
From that day on, he paid special attention to this case.
After a long battle,
the war was finally won.
Doctor Kelly left instructions
that the bill should be sent to him for authorization.
He looked it over,
wrote something in the margin,
and sent it to her room.
She thought that when she opened the envelope
she would find an invoice
that would take the rest of her life to pay in full.
But when she finally opened it
something caught her attention
in the margin of the invoice.
She read these words:
Paid in full with a glass of milk: Doctor Howard Kelly.
Tears of joy filled her eyes and her heart.
She prayed: "Thank you Lord, for your love
has crossed the hands and hearts of man."
There is a saying that goes like this:
Bread thrown over the water returns to you.
An act of goodness that you do today
can come back to you or someone that you love,
when you are not expecting it.
If you do not see this act of goodness returned,
at least you will have made a difference in this World.
And in the end,
isn't that what life is all about?
You now have two choices.
You can pass on this message
or make believe that you were never touched by it.
The hardest lesson in life,
is to know which bridges to cross,
and which to burn.....
Many people pass through our lives
but only real friends leave their imprints
in our hearts.....

6 comments:

DR.SARAVANAN R said...

Ooo! Now look what you've done to me. I must have read this story probably a zillion times before but i could never hold back my tears after reading each time.

Don't make me lose my machoness like this la! Ok, got to cover line quickly before my nurses walk in and bump into the more effeminate side of me. Bye

Cheers

masterwordsmith said...

Haha!!! Actually, you should thank me for helping you to get in touch with the feminine side of you LOL!!!

But truly, this is a beautiful tale that has eternal worth and value!

Take care...and God bless you.

cheers

Kak Teh said...

Paula, Thanks for sharing. I will remember this story and share it with my children.

masterwordsmith said...

Dear Kak Teh,

You are welcome...thanks for popping by. Glad you like the story.

Take care.

Salam

jonno1951 said...

Paula

You never cease to amaze me with your stories. Another goodie.

Hugs
John

masterwordsmith said...

Hi Uncle John,

I saw you coming into my blog :-) and then u left unplugged and came over here ...and u went to other blogs too LOL

You are most welcome re the stories...that is the beauty of blogging..we can share so much with others in cyberspace ..

Take care and God bless you and yours...

hugs,
Paula