Keep Your Fork!

Easter is the demonstration of God that life is essentially spiritual and timeless. ~Charles M. Crowe

Here’s a parable that one of our teens shared duringYouth Group Sunday at our church.  I think you’ll like it, I did! 

A woman with a terminal illness was telling her pastor what she wanted for her funeral service.

As they ended their conversation, the pastor rose to leave.

“Wait,” said the woman. “I forgot to tell you the most important part.”

The pastor returned to her bedside and sat down.

“Pastor,” she said, “When they place me in my casket, I want a fork in my right hand so everyone can see it.”

“Whyever for?” queried her pastor.

“Well, all my life, I’ve been coming to dinners at this church, and when they clear away the dishes, they always tell us to ‘keep your fork’.

Ooh, don’t you know, the best is yet to come. Maybe a deep dish apple pie, or chocolate cake – something yummy to look forward to.”

“So?” the pastor said, puzzled.

“Pastor,” she replied, “Heaven is a wonderful place, and I want everyone to know that for me – and for them – heaven is a wonderful place, so the best is yet to come.”

(Teens handed out forks to everyone before church. Very puzzling, until we heard the message. Then we got to use them for real cake after the service.)

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