Keep your fork  

micahbiguns 51M
1308 posts
4/25/2006 5:49 pm

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4/28/2006 12:51 pm

Keep your fork

Carol had a friend email this to her a while back and at thre time it was to close to share. But now she wants me to pass it along. So a lovely reminder from C with love.

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
thatsomething 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 forkin 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.

At the funeral people were walking by the young woman's casket and they saw the cloak she was wearing 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 young woman shortly before she died He also told them about the fork and about what it symbolized to her. He 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, ever so gently, that the best is yet to come. Friends are very rare jewel, indeed. They make you smile and encourage you to succeed. They lend an ear, they share a word of praise, and they always want to open their hearts to us.

Show your friends how much you care. Remember to always be there for them, even when you need them more. For you never know when it
may be their time to "Keep their fork."

Cherish the time you have, and the memories you share ... being friends with someone is not an opportunity but a sweet responsibility
.



TTigerAtty 62M

4/26/2006 8:52 am

Great story! "The best is yet to come!" Give my regards to Carol. I hope all continues to go well for both of you!


angelofmercy5 59F
17881 posts
4/26/2006 9:20 am

Micah....I've heard this story before. But today, it means more than ever to me. Thank you for reminding us of what is really important in life.


micahbiguns 51M

4/27/2006 1:09 am

TTigerAtty Thanks. Carol says God bless and keep you

angelofmercy5 Your welcome thanks for stopping in

bbwDDs4XXX Intresting idea will have to discuss it with C


rm_Bct2Esi 51M/50F
1375 posts
4/27/2006 5:03 am

You know what sweetie I agree, you need to use this at your wedding. Toast Carol and let her know that she can keep her fork Thank you for you, thank you for letting us into your life Thanks for reminding me

Hugs, smooches and smiles sweetie


micahbiguns 51M

4/27/2006 6:52 am

Bct2Esi Well I will defenetly dicuss that with her and see how she feels about it.


micahbiguns 51M

4/28/2006 12:51 pm

SensuallyKatey Your welcome I am glad to see your not so blue?


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