This is a story that has gone around via email many times in many formats. I don’t know who the original author is, but if you are the author and want me to take it down please let me know.
It is the kind of story that many people have found inspirational and that is why I’m posting it on my blog. It is worth sharing as many times as possible. I hope if you haven’t read it before that you too will find it inspirational.
‘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.
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. He knew this would be one of the last times he’d see her. 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. He told them about the fork and about what it symbolized to her. He told people he couldn’t stop thinking about the fork and that they probably would not be able to stop thinking about it either.
He was right. So the next time you reach 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, remember … keep your fork! The BEST is yet to come!
God Bless You!