A Women and A Fork October 4, 2013Posted by Streim in Living in the Real World, Time for Sharing.
Tags: Christianity, family, friends, funerals, Gospel, Heaven, Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ, Joy, pastors and church leaders, Praise, story, terminal illness, worship
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A Woman and A Fork
There was a young woman in her late twenties who suffered from a terminal illness and had been given three months to live. So as she was getting her things “in order,” she contacted her Pastor and had him come to her home to discuss certain aspects of her final wishes. She told him which songs she wanted sung at the service, what Scriptures she would like read, and what outfit she wanted to be buried in.
Everything was in order and the Pastor was preparing to leave when the young woman suddenly remembered
something! “There’s one more thing,” she said excitedly. “What’s that?” the Pastor asked. “This is very important,” the young woman continued. “I want to be buried with a fork in my right hand.” The Pastor stood looking at the young woman, not knowing quite what to say. “That surprises you Pastor, doesn’t it?” she said. “Well, to be honest, I’m puzzled by the request,” responded the Pastor.
The young woman explained. “My grandmother once told me a story, and from that time on I have always
tried to pass along its message to those I love and those who are in need of encouragement.
“In all my years of attending family get-togethers, church socials and dinners, I always remember that when the dishes of the main course were being cleared, someone would inevitably lean over and say, ‘Keep your fork.’ It was my favorite part because I knew that something better was coming … like velvety chocolate cake or deep-dish apple pie. Something wonderful, and with substance!”
So, I just want people to see me there in that casket with a fork in my hand and I want them to wonder, “What’s with the fork?” Then I want you to tell them: “Keep your fork. The best is yet to come.”
The Pastor’s eyes welled up with tears of joy as he hugged her good-bye, knowing this may be the last time he
saw her before her death. But he knew that the young woman had a better grasp of heaven than he did. She had a better grasp of what heaven would be like than many people twice her age, with twice as much experience and knowledge. She KNEW that something better was coming.
At the funeral people were walking by the young woman’s casket and they saw the cloak she was wearing
and the fork placed in her right hand. Over and over, the Pastor heard the question, “What’s with the fork?”
And over and over he smiled. During his message, the Pastor told the people of the conversation he had with the young woman shortly before she died. He also told them about the fork and about what it symbolized to her. He told the people how he could not stop thinking about the fork and told them that they probably would not be able to stop thinking about it either. He was right.
In John 14: 1-8 Jesus said “Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also. And where I go you know, and the way you know.” Thomas said to Him, “Lord, we do not know where You are going, and how can we know the way?” Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. “If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also; and from now on you know Him and have seen Him.” Philip said to Him, “Lord, show us the Father, and it is sufficient for us.”
So the next time you reach down for your fork let it remind you, ever so gently, that the best is yet to
come. Have a beautiful weekend of filled worship, praise and thanksgiving to our God. Our Father, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit! ♥ Streim (** I am not the original writer of this story, however I did some editing**)
Light in/of the World May 30, 2013Posted by Streim in Listening To God, Living in the Real World, Poetry and Quotes, Time for Sharing.
Tags: Bible, Body of Christ, Charles Spurgeon, Christian living, Encouragement, Exhortation, God Almighty, Jesus Christ, Joy, life, light, Love, photography, quotes, worship
My brethren, let me say, be like Christ at all times. Imitate him in “public.” Most of us live in some sort of public capacity—many of us are called to work before our fellow-men every day. We are watched; our words are caught; our lives are examined—taken to pieces. The eagle-eyed, argus-eyed world observes everything we do, and sharp critics are upon us. Let us live the life of Christ in public. Let us take care that we exhibit our Master, and not ourselves—so that we can say, “It is no longer I that live, but Christ that lives in me.” Charles Spurgeon
John 12:44-47 ” Then Jesus cried out and said, ‘He who believes in Me, believes not in Me but in Him who sent Me. And he who sees Me sees Him who sent Me. I have come as a light into the world, that whoever believes in Me should not abide in darkness. And if anyone hears My words and does not believe, I do not judge him; for I did not come to judge the world but to save the world. ”
Have a blessed day as you allow the Light of your Savior shine through… ♥ Streim
Love in Action May 29, 2013Posted by Streim in Listening To God, The Joy of His Love.
Tags: 1 John, act on it, anointing, Christianity, customs, Finding The Savior, Heavenly Father, Hope, Jesus Christ, Joy, Love, Luke, peace, Pharisee, Praise, woman, worship
Can you imagine for a moment Jesus going to the home of a Pharisee and having supper? Then soon after He arrives a vile, sinful woman starts kissing His feet; while the Pharisee (in his mind) is mocking Jesus?
Well, it happened! Luke 7: 36-40 gives us very important truths to live by. As forgiven, adopted children of God and followers of the Lord Jesus Christ we must read and heed the Words of God, whether it be “…for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness” (2 Timothy 3:16), and then ACT on it!
Luke 7: 36 Then one of the Pharisees asked Him to eat with him. And He went to the Pharisee’s house, and sat down to eat.
37-38 And behold, a woman in the city who was a sinner, when she knew that Jesus sat at the table in the Pharisee’s house, brought an alabaster flask of fragrant oil, and stood at His feet behind Him weeping; and she began to wash His feet with her tears, and wiped them with the hair of her head; and she kissed His feet and anointed them with the fragrant oil.
39-40 Now when the Pharisee who had invited Him saw this, he spoke to himself, saying, “This man, if He was a prophet, would know who and what manner of woman this is who is touching Him, for she is a sinner.” And Jesus answered and said to him, “Simon, I have something to say to you.” So he said, “Teacher, say it.”
41-43 “There was a certain creditor who had two debtors. One owed five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. And when they had nothing with which to repay, he freely forgave them both. Tell Me, therefore, which of them will love him more?” Simon answered and said, “I suppose the one whom he forgave more.” And He said to him, “You have rightly judged.”
44-46 Then He turned to the woman and said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I entered your house; you gave Me no water for My feet, but she has washed My feet with her tears and wiped them with the hair of her head. You gave Me no kiss, but this woman has not ceased to kiss My feet since the time I came in. You did not anoint My head with oil, but this woman has anointed My feet with fragrant oil.
47-50 Therefore I say to you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven, for she loved much. But to whom little is forgiven, the same loves little.” Then He said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.” And those who sat at the table with Him began to say to themselves, “Who is this who even forgives sins?” Then He said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you. Go in peace.”
So thankful for the true message of God’s forever love and forgiveness preached and taught to the people in the city by Jesus, this very sinful woman repented of her sins before Jesus. Everyone in the city knew Jesus was having dinner with a Pharisee. The sinful woman knew it was a time she could show Jesus her loving acts of being redeemed . The Pharisee showed Jesus none of the customs, courtesies of the day; giving a dinner guest water to was his feet, greeting the guest with a kiss of friendship and anointing the guest’s head with oil. The woman did all three and did them to an extreme. Why… because she loved her Lord, because He first loved her (see 1 John 4:19) Her actions showed a Pharisee (someone she was not allowed to even be in the presence of) and everyone else how precious and important her salvation was. She acted on her love!
May your love for the Lord Jesus and our Father in heaven be shown in your daily walk. I KNOW in this “microwave” world we line where everything is moving faster than the speed of kilobyte, it is not easy to take the time to show that love. But think of this woman. She walked into an extremely precarious situation, nevertheless, she did it. Gets me thinking… what situations have I avoided? ♥ Streim