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Save Your Fork フォークを手元に残して

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An elderly lady was diagnosed with a terminal illness. She began making arrangements for her own funeral. While planning with her pastor, she made an unusual request. She said, “After they place my body in the casket, I want them to put a fork in my right hand.” The pastor was puzzled. She explained, “Since I was a child, whenever we ate a big fancy meal with guests, someone would always say at the end: ‘The best is yet to come. Save your forks.’ I knew that meant that a delicious dessert would be brought out. There would be layered chocolate cake, or vanilla puddings, or juicy apple pies. After I thought everything was done, the best was ready for me. Now I am a dying old lady. But when people see me at my funeral with that fork in my hand, I want them to know that I was ready for the best that God has waiting for me. And I want you to tell them, ‘Save your fork. The best is yet to come.’”

The woman understood heaven. We should, too. What if every time you pick up a fork at a wedding reception you were to stop and think of heaven, and the wedding banquet to come there. Try it. If God only gave us life, forgiveness and strength to live in this world, that would be enough. But God has promised heaven to you, too. Let’s think about it. Let’s talk about it. Let’s thank him for it.

“So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” 2 Corinthians 4:18

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