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Post by Wind-Dancer on October 30th 2009, 7:40 pm

Keep Your Fork
There was a woman who had been diagnosed with a terminal illness and had been given three months to live. As she was getting her things "in order," she contacted her pastor and had him come to her house to discuss certain aspects of her final wishes. She told him which songs she wanted sung at the service, what scriptures she would like read, and what outfit she wanted to be buried in. One of her requests was to be buried with her favorite Bible.
Everything was in order and the pastor was preparing to leave when the woman suddenly remembered something very important to her. "There's one more thing," she said excitedly. "What's that?" came the pastor's reply. "This is very important," the woman continued.. "I want to be buried with a fork in my right hand." The pastor stood looking at the woman, not knowing quite what to say. "That surprises you, doesn't it?" the woman asked.

"Well, to be honest, I'm puzzled by the request," said the pastor.

The woman explained. "In all my years of attending church socials and potluck dinners, I always remember that when the dishes of the main course were being cleared, someone would inevitably lean over and say,"keep your fork." It was my favorite part because I knew that something better was coming, like velvety chocolate cake or deep-dish apple pie. Something wonderful, and with substance! So, I just want people to see me there in that casket with a fork in my hand and I want them to wonder 'What's with the fork?' Then I want you to tell them: "Keep Your Fork. The best is yet to come"

The pastor's eyes welled up with tears of joy as he hugged the woman good-bye. He knew this would be one of the last times he would see her before her death. But he also knew that the woman had a better grasp of heaven than he did. She KNEW that something better was coming.

At the funeral people were walking by the woman's casket and they saw the pretty dress she was wearing and her favorite Bible and the fork placed in her right hand. Over and over the pastor heard the question "What's with the fork?" And over and over he smiled.

During his message, the pastor told the people of the conversation he had with the woman shortly before she died. He also told them about the fork and about what it symbolized to her. The pastor told the people how he could not stop thinking about the fork and told them that they probably would not be able to stop thinking about it either.

He was right. So the next time you reach down for your fork, let it remind you oh so gently, that the best is yet to come.

May God Bless you and keep you safe!

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Post by Serenity - Dawn on October 30th 2009, 8:13 pm

What a wonderful story Wind-Dancer!! Thank You
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Post by parrotlover100 on October 31st 2009, 3:53 am

that was beautiful Wind-Dancer i always enjoy reading your stories.thank you for posting them. Thank You

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Post by Vanilla2 on October 31st 2009, 6:05 am

That brought tears to my eyes, guess thinking about my own death, I do believe the best is yet to come Good Post

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Post by WhiteShaman on October 31st 2009, 7:16 am

I used to feel that way.....that death brings with it, something we are all living for....but now when I hear such words, what floods my being is Now is the best to come. Heaven is in our hearts and in our reach!
Death..........well that is just the continuation of life!
I'm just sharing...the thought that there is something better than now bring with it an energy that there is something wrong with now..IMO
The other thought is this....Who would dwell in a "place" called Heaven?
Would we, just as we are dwell there? If so, it would look just like this place!
Would we, somehow changed in an instance dwell in this place? If so, we would not be ourselves!
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