[MOL] Keep Your Fork [02737] Medicine On Line

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[MOL] 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 meetings,
> socials,
> fund-raisers 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 goodbye. 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...