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Old 02-10-2007, 06:32 AM   #1
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Keep Your Fork (long but worth it, I think)

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," te 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 there on out, I have always done so. I have also, 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 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 thre 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 pretty dress 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 yung 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.

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 your fork."

Cherish the time you have, and the memories you share .. being
friends with someone is not an opportunity but a sweet responsibilty.
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Old 02-10-2007, 06:32 AM   #2
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Keep Your Fork (long but worth it, I think)

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," te 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 there on out, I have always done so. I have also, 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 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 thre 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 pretty dress 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 yung 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.

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 your fork."

Cherish the time you have, and the memories you share .. being
friends with someone is not an opportunity but a sweet responsibilty.
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Old 02-10-2007, 08:21 AM   #3
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I have read this so many times before. In fact I read it to the women at our church's Mother daugther banquet. There were hardly any dry eyes. I love it, thanks for reminding me of it again
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">I knew that something better was coming </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

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