Beautiful Story

I just have to share this with as many people as possible.

Woman and a Fork

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. Friends are a
Very rare jewel, indeed. They make you smile and encourage you to
Succeed Cherish the time you have, and the memories you share . Being
Friends with someone is not an opportunity but a sweet responsibility.

And keep your fork.

That’s a great story Lois!

You know, tho… being the non-PC twit I am, it made me think of a joke I probably shouldn’t post here… /wink

Scott:

You know my private address. Send it there!!!

Lois

Debb:

I’m glad that it touched you. It affected me also.

Lois

Thank you for that story! It’s very touching, and very true. Thanks!

I confess! This was sent to me yesterday via e-mail. I just cannot take the credit for it at all. BUT it was too beautiful to pass up!

Lois

Amarillis:

Thank you, thank you, thank you. I count the day a success when I can reach out and touch someone. Especially when that touch is gentle and not a hammer over the head!

Lois

What a great story!!

Thank you, Jilly.

Lois La Rose

Irish:

Actually, no. The dog ion the picture is Cinnamon. She was by bestest buddy in the whole world. She had to be put to sleep just 5 days before my mother died. What a year that was!

Lois

Bless you dear heart Lois…you are a true gem…and I love you for it. What a BEAUTIFUL story. Thank you so much. Now to try the cut and paste, so that I can add it to “favourites”!!!

What a great story Lois. it really touched me.

It is so beautiful and inspiring,about our daily living and the life after.Thanks.

Sohair:

You’re welcome! Good to hear from you!!

Lois

wow, great story. i think i’ll share it on my blog! and thank you for being there for me… if I need anything, i won’t be hesitant to talk to you =)

Wow! Thanks for the reminder that this isn’t the only bit of life we get.

Angela:

If this WAS the only bit of life we got, I cash in now! I don’t want part of a life that deals me this cra**y hand only!

Lois

What a beautiful story. I do believe the best is yet to come. Thanks for sharing.