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#1176 Wings Over The Mountains of Life
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
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. The woman also requested to be buried with her
Everything was in order and the pastor was preparing to leave
when the woman suddenly remembered something very important.
"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.
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