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Keep Your Fork! The Best is Yet To Come! An Inspiring Story

Keep Your Fork! The Best is Yet To Come! 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 during 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. Not to mention, she wanted to be buried with a fork too.

Keep Your Fork! The Best is Yet To Come! An Inspiring Story

Everything was in order and the pastor was preparing to lave when the woman suddenly remembered something very important to her. “There’s one more thing,” she excitedly. “What’s that?” came the pastor’s reply. “This is very important,” the woman continued… “I want to 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!

Keep Your Fork! The Best is Yet To Come! An Inspiring Story (one of my Agape Gifts from my Walk to Emmaus #32 - Great Smoky Mountain Emmaus Community)
Keep your Fork (one of my Agape Gifts from my Walk to Emmaus #32 – Great Smoky Mountain Emmaus Community)

Fork in hand

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 that he did. She KNEW that something better was coming.

At the funeral

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…


Like this story about the fork? Check out the story about a pastor who stole a spoon.

Originally posted June 21, 2007, with the old domain name I use to have. Last republished or updated January 16, 2019.

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Steve Patterson

My name is Steve Patterson and I am saved through the blood of Jesus Christ. I have been blogging at Courageous Christian Father since 2012, however, I have been blogging since around 2004. I listen to nothing but Christian Music. I work as a graphic designer.

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