Why the Fork???

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Why the Fork???

Postby natman » Fri Oct 05, 2007 10:11 am

Why the Fork???

There was a young 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.

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?" came 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 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 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 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 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,

... the best is yet to come!!!

SON-cerely,
Nathan Powers

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Postby natman » Fri Oct 05, 2007 10:52 am

I received this from a friends this morning and thought it to be ironic.

Just yesterday, after having a conversation with someone in another forum about the "traditions" of the church, I began to think about how and why we celebrate Holy Communion. Some churches perform Communion or The Lord's Supper semi-annually, some quarterly, some monthly and some every week.

I went back and read the scriptures in which the ordinance was first introduced...

Luke 22"19-20
"And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, "This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me."

In the same way, after the supper he took the cup, saying, "This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you."


Similarly,

1 Cor 11:23-26
"The Lord Jesus, on the night he was betrayed, took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, "This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me." In the same way, after supper he took the cup, saying, "This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me." For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord's death until he comes."


In First Century Jewish culture, the eating of bread and the drinking of wine were part of EVERY evening meal. I can't help but wonder if Jesus was saying "Whenever you sit down to eat, remember Me". For most of us, that is three times a day.

Like the story above, whenever we look at a fork, or sit down for a meal, we can use those simple things as a reminder of what our Lord has done for us.
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Postby Strandloper » Fri Oct 05, 2007 1:06 pm

Amen to that, Nathan.
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Postby Soapbox Preacher » Fri Oct 05, 2007 2:53 pm

I love it! What a great story! Don't be a dork, keep your fork! Maybe, Greg.
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