October 10, 2013

Promised Dessert

"Blessed is the man who will eat at the feast in the kingdom of God."

 ~ Luke 14:15

Have you ever given much thought to what heaven will be like? My grandfather said before he "graduated" that he used to be afraid of dying until he dreamed of strolling through a beautiful garden and seeing his handsome son there who had tragically passed away as a young man, leaving behind a wife and two small children.
My dear husband found a story for me that illustrates the promise of heaven. There was a woman who was diagnosed with a terminal illness, like my grandfather. She invited her pastor to her home to discuss her final wishes. She told him the clothing she wanted to be buried in, which songs she wanted sung at her funeral, and what scriptures she wanted read. Then she said, "Oh, one more thing. I want to be buried with a fork in my hand." You can imagine how surprised that pastor was!
Well, anyway, the woman explained that in all her years of attending church socials and potluck dinners, she always remembered that when the dishes of the main course were being cleared away, someone would invariably tell her to keep her fork. She said that was her favorite part of the meal because she knew that something especially delightful was coming, some goodie like velvety chocolate cake or deep-dish apple pie. So she wanted people to see her in her casket with a fork in her hand and wonder, "What's with the fork?" She asked her pastor to explain the reason for it during the course of her funeral service by telling them, "She kept her fork, because she knew something wonderful was coming."
Then, as the pastor tenderly bid adieu to the woman, it is said that his eyes welled up with tears of joy as he realized that she had a better grasp of heaven than he did.

"He who overcomes will inherit all this . . ."
~ Revelation 21:7

I'm Thankful For:
1. The promise of heaven!
2. Forks. I can't imagine eating without them.
3. My husband's cousin. She departed this life suddenly during a massive heart attack this week. She was a great blessing to her family, her church family, and to the children she bussed to school every day! She will be greatly missed! Are you ready to go if the Lord calls you?
4. After watching a particular disturbing bit on TV the other night, I told my husband the next day that I sure appreciated not being married to a wife-beater.
5. Lilies = "See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these." (Matthew 6:28-29)


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