A young woman was diagnosed with a terminal illness
and was subsequently given a short time to live. As
she was getting her things in order, she called her
preacher and asked him to drop by to discuss her
wishes for the funeral.
She mentioned the songs she wanted to be sung,
scriptures to be read, and a few other details. As the
preacher was preparing to leave, the woman has one
“There is one more thing,”
the preacher replied.
“I want to be buried with a fork in my right hand.”
Puzzled, the preacher asked, “Please pardon me, but
why do you wish to be buried with a fork in your right
She then explained. “In all my years of attending
church dinners and potlucks, I remember that when the
dishes of the main course were being cleared, someone
would inevitably remark, ‘Don’t forget to keep your
fork!’ This was a reminder that something
wonderful was still waiting, such as chocolate cake,
banana pudding or deep-dish apple pie. Holding on to
my fork lead to countless occasions of delight. So,
when people see me in my casket with fork in hand, you
can tell them that I expect something far better to
The preacher’s eyes welled up with tears as he hugged
the woman, knowing that this might be the last time he
would see her alive on earth. But he also realized
that she had a profound grasp of heaven. She KNEW that
something infinitely better was coming.
During her funeral, scores of people walk by the
woman’s casket, noting the fork in her right hand.
Over and over, the preacher overheard the question
“Why the fork?” And over and over he smiled.
During the eulogy, the preacher told the audience
about the fork and about what it meant to the woman.
Although a few were crying prior to the preacher’s
remarks, not a dry eye remained after he explained the
meaning of the fork.
The next time you grab a fork, hold on to it a few
extra moments… and remember that for the faithful
child of God, the best is yet to come! *
Sin doesn’t give that kind of hope: “for the wages of
sin is death” (Romans 6:23). This is terrible news,
“for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of
God” (Romans 3:23).
But the GOOD NEWS (the Gospel) is that
God loves us so much that He gave His only Son to die
on the cross for our sins (John 3:16; Romans 5:8).
Through Jesus, we can have the forgiveness of our
sins, be reconciled to God, and rejoice in the hope of
eternal life (2 Corinthians 5:17-21; Titus 1:2).
In order to accept God’s offer of salvation and
eternal life, we must place our
and trust in Christ (Acts 16:30-31), turn from sin in
Jesus before men (Romans 10:9-10), and be
(immersed) into Christ for the forgiveness of our sins
(Acts 2:38). Then, we can “rejoice in hope” as we
continue to walk in the light of God’s Word (1 John
If you are a child of God, you can keep your fork, for
the best is yet to come!
Won’t you BECOME a
child of God through your trusting obedience?
David Sargent, Minister
Church of Christ at Creekwood
1901 Schillinger Rd. S.
Mobile, Alabama 36695
Slightly adapted from article by Dennis Swindle: “Keep Your Fork”
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