Something better is coming (with a fork)

There was a woman that was diagnosed with cancer and had been given 3 months to live. Her Dr. told her to start making preparations to die. So she contacted her pastor and had him come to the house to discuss certain aspects of her final wishes. She told him which songs she wanted sung at her service, what scriptures she would like read, and what she wanted to be wearing.

The woman also told her pastor that she wanted to be buried with her favorite bible. Everything was in order and pastor was preparing to leave when the woman suddenly remembered something very important to her. “There’s one more thing” she said excitedly. “Whats that?” came the pastors 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 shocks you doesnt it?” the woman asked. “Well to be honest, Im puzzled by the request” said the pastor. The woman explained. “In all my years of attending church socials and functions where food was involved my favorite was when whoever was clearing away the dishes of the main course would lean over and say “you can keep your fork”.

It was my favorite part because I knew that something better was coming. When they told me to keep my fork I knew something great was about to be given to me. It wasnt Jell-o or pudding. It was cake or pie. Something with substance.

So I just want people to see me there in the casket with a fork in my hand and I want them to wonder “Whats with the fork?” Then I want you to tell them “something better is coming so keep your fork too” the pastors 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 somthing better was coming.

At the funeral people were walking by the womans casket and they saw the pretty dress and her favorite bible and the fork placed in her right hand. Over and over the pastor heard the question. “Whats with the fork?” And over and over he smiled. During his message the pastor told people of the conversation he had with the woman shortly before she died. He also told them about thefork and about what it symbolized to her. The pastor tolf the people how he could not stop thinking about the fork, let it remind you oh so gently that there is something better coming.

2 Responses to “Something better is coming (with a fork)”

  1. Amber Says:

    Hey Lola! Thanks for playing my song…Now you know who Blaine Larsen is. Hope you like him as much as me now! Gotta go…busy signing along to all these good songs you play. :)

  2. Peg Fenstermaker Says:

    I was so sorry to hear about your loss – thanks for all you do every day. I know there have been times when I have been down and just listening to you and your TERRIFIC laugh made my day better! Hang in there – grief takes time! My prayers are with you!
    Peg Fenstermaker


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