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Keep Your Fork!

There was a 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. The woman also requested 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 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, another
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 ever so gently, that the best is yet to
come. Friends are a 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.
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