hold on to your fork

fork

I heard a story this weekend and wanted to share. Perhaps you’ve heard it, or maybe it isn’t even true, but the meaning is sweet, nevertheless. You can read many different versions online, but this is my recap:

A woman who was nearing death, requested that she be buried with a fork in her hand. When asked why a fork, she went on to share that her favorite moment was when following a meal, she was reminded to ‘hold on to her fork’ which, of course, meant dessert was on its way.

She chose to be buried with a fork as a beautifully symbolic picture to those who would mourn her death that this world was not her home, but that the best was yet to come. Her view of eternity was so true : a place where even the best of this world would pale in comparison to what Heaven will offer.

I know it is easy to fear death or pain or hardship – especially when you just can’t seem to escape it – but please know that there is good to come for those who put their trust in God. Whatever your circumstance, whatever your current struggle, whatever your fear, know that not only is there hope of an eternal life with our Lord, but He also offers unexplainable peace, joy and comfort as we walk through trials here in this messy world.

Be encouraged and remember to hold on to your fork – the best is yet to come.

***UPDATE***

I’ve turned the saying into a print and it is now available in the shop {or below}.

Thanks for the suggestion!

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66 Responses to hold on to your fork

  1. kayce hughes May 18, 2011 at 11:34 am #

    Wonderful story and a beautiful reminder.

  2. Shannel May 18, 2011 at 11:36 am #

    I had seen this story come through my inbox earlier this year and loved it! I’m so excited to be able to be reminded of this story through this print which I’m eager to hang in my dining room! Thanks!

  3. Stacy May 18, 2011 at 11:36 am #

    I love this story! My husband’s grandmother was a HUGE dessert lover and when she passed away three years ago, the family buried her with a fork. All of the grandkids had at least one memory of Grandma sneaking into the kitchen late at night to have a bite or two of dessert long after everyone had gone to bed.

  4. Allison H. May 18, 2011 at 11:42 am #

    i needed this today. thanks for posting.

  5. Terri M. May 18, 2011 at 12:17 pm #

    Thanks for the reminder. So easy to get weighed down in the every day matters of life. I am renewing in my heart to not let the cares of this world get to me. The best IS yet to come!

  6. Terrell May 18, 2011 at 12:24 pm #

    This is such an inspiring post and is oh so true! I’m so glad to have our GOD to give our troubles to, and for him to hold our hand and guide us here on earth. What joy it will be to someday walk with him in the beauty of heaven!
    Thanks!!!

  7. Lisa May 18, 2011 at 12:43 pm #

    What a wonderful story and message! Love the print.

  8. kelly May 18, 2011 at 3:19 pm #

    I have never heard this story before. What a beautiful story and a wonderful reminder of what is truly important! Thank you for sharing!

  9. Sandy May 18, 2011 at 5:55 pm #

    I have tingles! Such a beautiful story…I had read this before but forgotten it, so thanks for telling it again. Love your blog! I find you so inspiring — not just for your creativity and good taste, but for your willingness and enthusiasm in sharing your faith. Thanks for your wonderful insights.

  10. Rachel May 19, 2011 at 3:37 am #

    Goose bumps! Love this print and LOVE your blog! I’ve been a fan for a few months now, but I just had to post after reading this. You are an inspiration on SO MANY levels!! Thank you :)

  11. Kayelene May 19, 2011 at 10:59 pm #

    Thanks for sharing this story. I have a terminal heart condition and don’t know how long (be it months or years) I have left but I know where I am going … I’m keeping my fork !!!

  12. Christene {WhipperBerry} May 20, 2011 at 9:25 pm #

    I heard this story and shared it at one of my first dinner parties as a young newlywed hostess, complete with forks to hand out. What a great printable and a wonderful message.

  13. ulysses barbosa lemes May 21, 2011 at 3:25 pm #

    É uma história simples,porém tonificante para aqueles que acreditam estar só em sua fé perante um mundo incrédulo.Realmente, a despedida deste mundo para aqueles que crêem que o melhor esta para vir, é linda !

  14. Sue Christianson May 22, 2011 at 3:21 pm #

    Question for you Emily! I LOVE the glass jars you have in your kitchen & pantry. I have been looking for some for my pantry. I love the neatness of it and being able to see everything. I think you said you got them at ikea. I went there a couple of months ago and they didn’t have anything like those jars at all. I found some at Target but they don’t have the rubber seals and the other alternative they have are a screw on lid which is sort of a pain. All that to say, have you seen any jars similar to what you have anywhere else?

    btw, I love the initial frame you have on your piano now. Is that burlap or linen inside the mat?

    Thanks Em!!

  15. Brian November 5, 2011 at 8:33 am #

    My dad is a pastor with a daily radio program. He used this same illustration. As I was searching for a retirement gift for him, I was looking for something with the quote, The Best is Yet to Come. I came across this and it’s even better because he will understand the context. I love it, thank you!

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