Stories of Kindness from Around the World

Cost of a Miracle

--by RKacholia, posted Sep 12, 2012
A little girl went to her bedroom and pulled a glass jelly jar from its hiding place in the closet.
She poured the change out on the floor and counted it carefully. Three times, even.. The total had to be exactly perfect.. No chance here for mistakes.
Carefully placing the coins back in the jar and twisting on the cap, she slipped out the back door and made her way 6 blocks to Rexall's Drug Store with the big red Indian Chief sign above the door.
She waited patiently for the pharmacist to give her some attention, but he was too busy at this moment.
Tess twisted her feet to make a scuffing noise. Nothing. She cleared her throat with the most disgusting sound she could muster. No good. Finally she took a quarter from her jar and banged it on the glass counter. That did it!
'And what do you want?' the pharmacist asked in an annoyed tone of voice.. I'm talking to my brother from Chicago whom I haven't seen in ages,' he said without waiting for a reply to his question..
'Well, I want to talk to you about my brother,' Tess answered back in the same annoyed tone.  'He's really, really sick....and I want to buy a miracle.'
'I beg your pardon?' said the pharmacist.
'His name is Andrew and he has something bad growing inside his head and my Daddy says only a miracle can save him now. So how much does a miracle cost?'
'We don't sell miracles here, little girl.  I'm sorry but I can't help you,' the pharmacist said, softening a little.
'Listen, I have the money to pay for it.  If it isn't enough, I will get the rest.  Just tell me how much it costs.'
The pharmacist's brother was a well dressed man. He stooped down and asked the little girl, 'What kind of a miracle does your brother need?'

'I don't know, 'Tess replied with her eyes welling up I just know he's really sick and Mommy says he needs an operation. But my Daddy can't pay for it, so I want to use my money..'
'How much do you have?' asked the man from Chicago .
'One dollar and eleven cents,'Tess answered barely audible.
'And it's all the money I have, but I can get some more if I need to.'
'Well, what a coincidence,' smiled the man. 'A dollar and eleven cents-the exact price of a miracle for little brothers.'
He took her money in one hand and with the other hand he grasped her mitten and said 'Take me to where you live.  I want to see your brother and meet your parents. Let's see if I have the miracle you need.'
That well-dressed man was Dr. Carlton Armstrong, a surgeon, specializing in neuro-surgery.
The operation was completed free of charge and it wasn't long until Andrew was home again and doing well.
Mom and Dad were happily talking about he chain of events that had led them to
this place.
'That surgery,' her Mom whispered. 'was a real miracle. I wonder how much it would have cost?'
Tess smiled. She knew exactly how much a miracle dollar and eleven the faith of a little child.
In our lives, we never know how many miracles we will need..  A miracle is not the suspension of natural law, but the operation of a higher law.

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Readers Comments

joshua wrote: I love god
lindamae212 wrote: Wonderful story. Bless you for sharing.
Vallabhi wrote: That's such a wonderful story. So many times my faith falter's. Its a blessing to have this unfaltering faith.

Thank you very much for sharing, bless you.

Take care :)
jsmc10 wrote: This is so beautiful, thank you for sharing :)
GOPAKUMAR wrote: Really good thinking
Wrote well, congrats
Bruce wrote: Of course this story is inspiring! And of course the attitudes of the girl and doctor are wonderful. Miricles of this kind are rare!
bookworm58 wrote: Very inspiring the love of a child. Thanks for sharing this with everyone
Shiva Shrestha wrote: Lovely story
Lovely Story wrote: What a coincidence! It is a proof of that if you will believe and fight for something even if all hope is lost you can succeed. How touching it is that a little girl with oply 1 dollar and 11 cents and a lot of faith saved her brothers life.
Bela wrote: So moving and touching and empowering all at once. Thank you so much for sharing this.

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