Keep Your Fork

Morning Story and Dilbert

Vintage Dilbert
August 14, 1992

A woman was diagnosed with a terminal illness and given three months to live. She asked her Pastor to come to her home to discuss her final wishes. She told him which songs she wanted sung at her funeral, and what scriptures she wanted read, and which outfit she wanted to be buried in.

Then she said, “One more thing… I want to be buried with a fork in my hand.”

The pastor was surprised.

The woman explained, “In all my years of attending church socials and potluck dinners, I always remember that when the dishes of the main course were being cleared, someone would inevitably say to everyone, ‘Keep your fork.’ It was my favorite time of the dinner, because I knew something better was coming, like velvety chocolate cake or deep dish apple pie – something wonderful. So, I want people to see me there in that casket with a fork in my hand and wonder, ‘ What’s with the fork?’ Then, I want you to tell them, ‘ Keep your fork, because the best is yet to come.’ ”

The pastor’s eyes welled up with tears of joy as he bid the woman goodbye. He realized she had a better grasp of heaven than he did, and knew something better was coming.

At the funeral, when people asked him why she was holding a fork, the pastor told them of the conversation he had with the woman before she died. He said he could not stop thinking about the fork, and knew they probably would not be able to stop thinking about it either. He was right.

“Keep your fork. The best is yet to come.”

Attributed to Roger William Thomas
Submitted to Ann Landers by Kay in California
  1. Reblogged this on Ears To Hear and commented:
    If we think God is good now and His Grace is fantastic, just wait the best is yet to come when we see him face to face. In life and in death let us radiate our desire for Him.


  2. Divva on a mission said:

    Reblogged this on Divva's Diary and commented:
    Beautiful! I want to forks!!


    • Divva on a mission said:



  3. Divva on a mission said:



  4. It’s sad how many professing Christians seem to think this life is the best there is. I don’t know how many of them I’ve heard say, in referring to sickness. that it’s better than the alternative (that is, death). Really?? For the Christian?? I’ve pointed out that, for the Christian, the alternative, like “saving the fork,” is far better. It’s sad that Christians are influenced by the world instead of by the Word.


  5. First heard this one MANY years ago, and enjoyed it just as much today 🙂


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