A Fork in My Hand…

The Last Jihad is a New York Times Bestseller which predicted an attack on the U.S. and the War in Iraq, but was written before any of these events happened.

This political thriller is jam-packed with actions very relevant to today’s global issues. However, I am not going to write about the whole novel here, but only the portion which caught my attention.


” How did you handle losing your mom?” John Bennet asked Erin McCoy.

Bennet and McCoy are two of the top characters in this novel.

” I don’t know,” McCoy replied. “The only good thing was we both knew she was dying. We knew she only had a few months left. She really wanted me to prepare for it. We did her will together. We picked out songs for her funeral. Flowers. The whole thing…..”

And she went on to tell about a story in a sermon she had heard. It is about a woman who is dying of cancer and who wants to be laid down in an open casket with a fork in her hand. When asked why a fork?

She replied that when she was a little girl and during church suppers, the older women in the church would always whisper to her, “save your fork.”

And she loved it because it meant something better is coming, apple pie or chocolate cake, or blueberry cobbler or something. And when people ask why she had a fork in her hand, she wanted her story retold. She wanted people to know the know the good news— that when you know Christ, there’s something better coming. There’s something better coming.

This scene delivers a message of hope, that whatever happens, as long as we have our God, Jesus Christ in our lives, the future doesn’t look so bleak.

From now on, THE FORK, will always remind me to place my life in the hands of my God for in HIM and with HIM, something better is coming.


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