How much does a miracle cost?

October 18, 2009

An eight-year-old girl heard her parents talking about her little brother Andrew. All she knew was that Andrew was very sick. Only a costly surgery could save him but her parents were not able to afford the cost of surgery. They had already spent a fortune on medical bills. She overheard her father say to her tearful mother with whispered desperation, ‘Only a miracle can save him now’. The girl went to her bedroom and pulled a glass jar of her savings. She poured all the change out on the floor and counted it carefully. Clutching the precious jar tightly, she went to a close by drug store. She put the glass jar on the counter and told the pharmacist, “My brother Andrew is really sick. He has something bad growing inside his head and my daddy says only a miracle can save him. So, I want to buy a miracle. How much does a miracle cost? Smiling sadly at the little girl the pharmacist responded, “We don’t sell miracles here, child. I’m sorry.”

In the shop was a well-dressed customer. He asked the 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” she mentioned. “Well, what a coincidence,” smiled the man. “A dollar and eleven cents- the exact price of a miracle for your brother.” He took her money in one hand, held her hand 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 kind of miracle you need.

The man was Dr Carlton Armstrong, a surgeon specializing in neuro-surgery.  The operation was completed without charge and it wasn’t long before Andrew was home again and doing well.

The miracle cost…  one dollar and eleven cents … plus the faith and effort of a little girl. This is perseverance – Don’t give up in case of an adversity. Have faith and continue your efforts. Make perseverance an attitude in life. It can make miracles happen.

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