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Old 03-26-2006, 07:59 AM
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There was a young woman who had been diagnosed with a terminal illness and had been given three months to live.


Therefore, 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?" 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 w ant 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, 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. 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 their fork"
Cherish the time you have, and the memories you share ... being friends with someone is not an opportunity but a sweet responsibility.


Send this to everyone you consider a FRIEND even if it means sending
back to the person who sent it to you.

And keep your fork!

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Old 03-26-2006, 01:24 PM
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Old 03-26-2006, 01:41 PM
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That's one of those warm and fuzzies ... I love reading stuff like that. Thanks for sharing.
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Great, I am passing this on to my friends and family.
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That was a real keeper - thank you so much for posting


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I know someone who was told, in October, that she had 6 months. She has a WONDERFUL outlook on things and I will love sharing this story with her. Thank you so much!
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Old 03-27-2006, 06:48 AM
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In 1986 or 1987 I forget, they told me that I too would be dead in 6 months.( Those were the Dr. exact words). I am so glad that doctors do not have all the answers. I'll pray for her.

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