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For this Sandwich Generation Granny Nanny, busy dealing with the issues of caring for the elderly parents in my family and babysitting grandchildren, I have a lot of special and important parts to my life. But I can say, unreservedly, God is the single most vital, most valuable, most important part of my life. He is the One Who keeps me going. He is my best friend, my Lord, my Savior, my All in All! I join with Paul in saying, “For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.”
That is why this morning in church, when our pastor retold an old, familiar, but always delightful story, I was again blessed by it. It’s a story from the encouraging book Chicken Soup for the Grieving Soul: Stories About Life, Death and Overcoming the Loss of a Loved One. This particular story has been retold and retold, emailed and re-emailed, used in sermon after sermon, and continues to make the rounds. You may have heard it, in which case I hope, like me, it will be a re-encouragement. And if you haven’t ever heard it or read it, I hope you will. It is so sweet and so powerful.
Basically, a woman told her pastor she wanted to be buried with a fork in her hand. When he asked why, she explained that when she was at a dinner party or pot luck, she always made sure to keep the fork after dinner since she knew the BEST (dessert) was yet to come. She wanted her friends, especially those who didn't know the Lord, to see that fork and ask why, just like the pastor did. And then she wanted her pastor to explain to her friends why she felt that, after death, the best was yet to come – heading home to heaven to be with our precious God forever and ever!
I love comforting and encouraging stories, books, and Bible verses that remind me of all we have to look forward to in heaven, don't you? What a wonderful encouragement this story is for all of us in the Sandwich Generation, as we are caring for elderly parents or other family members with severe health issues. When we know they have entrusted themselves into the precious hands of Jesus, we can also join with them in knowing that for them, and for us, the best is definitely yet to come! And yes, I do believe I will have to let my kids know to bury me the same way! 🙂
P.S. If you are looking for encouraging books dealing with grief and loss, Chicken Soup for the Grieving Soul: Stories ABout Life, Death and Overcoming the Loss of Loved One might be a good one to check into. For more information about it, just click here.