Excellent Read: The Woman and the Fork....

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  1. bnewsom71

    bnewsom71 New Member

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    There was a young woman who had been diagnosed with a terminal illness and had been given three months to live. So 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.

    Everything was in order and the Pastor was preparing to leave when the young 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 young woman continued. 'I want to be buried with a fork in my right hand.'

    The Pastor stood looking at the young woman, not knowing quite what to say.

    That surprises you, doesn't it?' the young woman asked.

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

    The young woman explained. 'My grandmother once told me this story, and from that time on I have always tried to pass along its message to those I love and those who are in need of encouragement. In all my years of attending socials and 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 young 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 young woman had a better grasp of heaven than he did. She had a better grasp of what heaven would be like than many people twice her age, with twice as much experience and knowledge. She KNEW that something better was coming.
     
  2. don3778

    don3778 New Member

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    Great post! I would rep you but my gun is empty.don
     

  3. don3778

    don3778 New Member

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    Great post! I would rep you but my gun is empty.

    don3778
     
  4. bluejay

    bluejay Well-Known Member

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    Reps to you. Thanks.
     
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    catman4926 New Member

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    Great post reps to you
     
  6. tiny b

    tiny b Active Member

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    That started my day off right. Thanks.
     
  7. Mickey

    Mickey New Member Supporting Member

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    Amazing thought. Beautiful insight. Reps.
     
  8. thegavel

    thegavel New Member

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    Reps to you brother... Great reminder that it does get better!!!