The cost of a miracle!

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“Tess, an eight-year-old child heard her parents
talking about her little brother. All she knew was
that he was very sick and they had no money left.
They were moving to a smaller house because
they could not afford to stay in the present house
after paying the doctor’s bills. Only a very costly
surgery could save him now and there was no
one to loan them the money.
When she heard her daddy say to her fearful
mother with whispered desperation, ‘Only a
miracle can save him now’, the little girl went to
her bedroom and pulled her piggy bank from its
hiding place in the closet. She poured all the
change out on the floor and counted it carefully.
Clutching the precious piggy bank tightly, she
slipped out from the back door and made her way
six blocks to the local drugstore. She took a
quarter from her bank and placed it on the glass
“And what do you want?” asked the pharmacist.
“It’s for my little brother,” the girl answered back.
“He’s really very sick and I want to buy a
“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. So how much does a
miracle cost?”
“We don’t sell miracles here, child. I’m sorry,” the
pharmacist said, smiling sadly at the little girl.
“Listen, I have the money to pay for it. If it isn’t
enough, I can try and get some more. Just tell me
how much it costs.”
In the shop was a well-dressed customer. He
stooped down and asked the little girl, “What kind
of a miracle does you brother need?”
“I don’t know,” she replied with her eyes welling
up. “He’s really sick and mommy says he needs
an operation. But my daddy can’t pay for it, so I
have brought my savings”.
“How much do you have?” asked the man.
“One dollar and eleven cents; but I can try and
get some more”, she answered barely audibly.
“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 held her hand
with the other. He said, “Take me to where you
live. I want to see your brother and meet your
parents. Let’s see if I have the kind of miracle
you need.”
That well-dressed man was Dr Carlton
Armstrong, a neurosurgeon. The operation was
completed without charge and it wasn’t long
before Andrew was home again and doing well.
“That surgery,” her mom whispered, “was a real
miracle. I wonder how much it would have cost.”
The little girl smiled. She knew exactly how much
the miracle cost … one dollar and eleven cents …
plus the faith of a little child.
Perseverance can make miracles happen! Miracle
can come in various forms – as a doctor, as a
lawyer, as a teacher, as a police and many
A river cuts the rock not because of its power, but
because of its consistency.
Never lose your hope; keep walking towards your
Miracles still happen. Just believe.


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