Fork in Her Hand

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

” 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.


Bennet and McCoy are two of the top characters in the novel, The Last Jihad by Joel Rosenberg.

For me this scene delivers a message of hope, a hope that whatever happens today, 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 I believe that in HIM and with HIM, something better is coming.


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