Keep Your Fork!

  1. My sister-in-law died last week from ovarian cancer. She was 46 and received the diagnosis only six months ago. One of her best friends read this story at the funeral because it so described Karen. It made an impression on all of us in attendance. I thought everyone might enjoy it.:flowers:
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    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.


    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.. :flowers:
     
  2. Im really sorry about your sister-in-law. It is a great story, I got teary eyed reading the story.:cry::flowers:
     
  3. Ohhh... great story :cry::cry::cry: I'm sorry to hear about your SIL.
     
  4. I'm so sorry for your SIL. She only had such a short time. That was a wonderful story thanks for incuding us.
     
  5. OMG..I am so sorry for your loss. I am teary eyed reading this..what a beautiful story...she must have been so special.I would want that read as well...really touching.
    Thanks so much for sharing it..and again,I am so sorry for your loss.
     
  6. I am so sorry to hear about your sister in law. What a wonderful story and what an amazing woman she was! Certain things in life tough in many different ways, thanks for sharing I will remember this always.
     
  7. Terribly sorry for your loss :cry:

    Thank you for sharing your beautiful story, I will always remember that saying *Keep Your Fork * and what it means. i feel honored to share it.


    Thank you, :heart:
     
  8. Thanks so much for this story. The latter part of last week has been so sad for me. Its crazy, one minute everything is going great. The next minute, it starts raining and then it begins to pour. I truly appreciate this story. It emphasizes the scriptures I've been reading.
     
  9. i am so sorry for your loss. can't thank you enough for sharing such a special, touching and motivating story. no matter what the best will be yet to come.:cry: :cry: warm hugs out to you:heart: :heart:
     
  10. Indycat, I'm so sorry to hear about your loss of your beloved sister-in-law. My heartfelt sympathy goes out to you and your family during this time.

    Thank you for sharing the very poignant "Keep Your Fork." :cry:
     
  11. Wonderful words. Thanks for this post.
     
  12. sorry to hear about your sis-in-law..
     
  13. I am so sorry for the loss of your sister-in-law.

    The story is wonderful, it brought tears to my eyes, and I know I will be reminded of it agian and again.:sad:
     
  14. I am so sorry for your loss. I will keep your family in my thoughts.

    Thank you for sharing the beautiful story. It's one I will always remember.
     
  15. Thank you all so much for your kind words. I thought I was sharing something that would be uplifting to you - but instead, you all have turned it around and uplifted me during a difficult time. It is the unexpected kindnesses in life that mean the most.:flowers: