Once in a while when a good story comes your way, you've just got to tell it. With only a few minor revisions…
Once upon a time, 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 beautiful young lady opened the door.
Instead of a meal he asked for a drink of water. She thought he looked hungry so instead she brought him a large glass of milk. He drank it slowly, and then asked her, "How much do I owe you?"
"Oh, you don't owe me anything," she replied. "Mother taught us never to accept any money for kindness."
He said, "Then, I thank you from the bottom of my heart."
"Do you have a name?" She asked as the boy left the yard.
"I'm Howard Kelly," he said. He felt much better, not only stronger physically but he had a renewed faith in his fellow man and in God. His feelings about quitting and giving up were gone.
Years later that same young lady became critically ill. The local doctors were baffled. They finally sent her to the big city hospital where a few specialists were called in to study her rare disease. One of those doctors became very interested in her case.
When he heard the name of the town where the woman had come from, a strange light filled his eyes. Immediately he got up from the table still dressed in his doctor's gown, left the room, and made his way down the long hospital hallway to her room.
He recognized her at once.
Upon his return to the consultation room he was even more determined to do his best to save her life. From that day onward he gave special attention to her case.
After a long difficult struggle, the battle was finally won. He requested the business office to pass the final bill to him for approval. When he looked at it, he wrote something on the edge before the bill was forwarded to her room.
It was left on her tray.
She saw it, but was afraid to open it, for she was sure it would take the rest of her life to pay it. When she finally picked it up and looked at it, something caught her attention on the side of the bill.
It was a note that read:
Paid in full with one glass of milk.
The note was signed by:
Dr. Howard Kelly.
Our battle against the dreaded disease of sin has been one by the Great Physician. Our debt has been paid in full by a supreme gift of divine, loving kindness. Our Savior's bloodshed for us on the cross is all we need to get well with each other and with God, now and forever.
The author of this cover story is unknown, but the pioneer and perfecter of our faith is clearly revealed in the Gospel. His name is Jesus Christ.
See you in church.
Your pastor and friend,