The Woman and A Fork

A friend sent me this amazing and inspiring story! Forwarning, It’s a tear-jerker!
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.
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.  
And  just remember…keep your  fork!
The  BEST is yet to  come!

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