Memories and Reflections of Billy Graham

The end of an era. Billy Graham crossed the River on Wednesday, February 22, 2018 at the age of 99 … just 8 months before of his 100th birthday (November 7, 1918 – February 21, 2018). Known as “America’s Pastor,” Dr. Graham was a simple man who touched countless millions of lives around the world as he shared the Gospel of Jesus Christ. For his complete biography and memorial, please visit: memorial.billygraham.org.

Yesterday, many of my friends posted on social media their memories, reflections, and connections of how he touched and changed their lives. I’d like to share some of them with you as you reflect of how this man of God touched your life. You may share similar memories. 

My personal memory was as a child playing outside on a summer’s evening and my parents calling my sister and I inside to watch his crusades on our black and white television. Honestly, sometimes I’d rather have stayed outside playing, yet, I’m thankful my parents wanted to share with us a firm and solid basis for our Christian faith. Billy Graham delivered just that every time!

If you have memories, reflections, or connections of Billy Graham that you would like to share, please LEAVE A REPLY at the bottom of the page. I would love to hear from you!

Here are comments below from some of my friends who shared yesterday about their memories and how Billy Graham touched and impacted their lives through his ministry and message.

“At a time when many televangelist across our nation were living in luxury, Billy and Ruth maintained a simple, moderate life style. In 1968, my family visited their quaint home nestled in Black Mountain, NC. The Graham home was nothing more than an elegant log cabin. When I would hear someone criticize TV evangelists for their lavish lifestyles and include the Grahams, I was always quick to defend. As we were leaving, Dr. Graham led in prayer. He sensed my fear when his German shepherd approached me. He immediately paused from praying, gave a German command, and the dog obeyed. He held my hand to make sure I was all right, and then continued his prayer. Since that day I’ve always stood in awe of him.” ~ Ginny Dent Brant

“I remember the JOY I felt as a child to be on the ‘chair’ committee in preparation for an upcoming Billy Graham Crusade at our local church back in the 60’s. It was my job to unfold folding chairs for people to sit on. And of course, after the Crusade, to put the chairs away. A grilling task, made joyful, in anticipation of Billy Graham!” ~ Diane Viere

“I attended one of his crusades in Washington, D.C. in 1986. Members from our church were trained as altar workers for the crusade. I wasn’t able to complete the training because of work schedule but I didn’t want to miss the opportunity to be in the room. I also remember as a kid our parents calling us in from playing outside to gather in front of the TV to hear Reverend Graham. Of course, like most thing we didn’t realize the significance of what we were hearing. But given today’s climate, I look back and realize the blessings of it all.” Evelyn Johnson-Taylor

“I had the honor of singing for the Crusades in the 80’s. ‘Well done, good and faithful servant.’ – Jesus. Dr. Graham, thank you for all you taught us about loving EVERYONE to Jesus. I would say, ‘rest’ but I have a feeling you’ll be busier than ever, now in heaven!” ~ Michele Pillar

“I can hear him quoting John 3:16 and will always think of him when I hear the song, Just As I Am – his response song. I went to his crusade in Greenville, SC as a child and to his last crusade in New York, NY. We also watched many on TV!” ~ Karen Mitchell

“I was privileged when much younger to see and hear him. Once at Madison Square Garden in New York, NY and once at the LA Coliseum. Watching the masses stream down to the front to receive Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior is something I’ll never forget! ~ Diane Allen Buzzard

Regardless of what you think about Kathy Lee Gifford, this video below really isn’t about her. She shared one of the best reflections of her long-time friendship with Billy, who he really was, and how his ministry changed her life and several families members.

“Amen and amen! I cried as I watched and listened to Kathie Lee Gifford’s memories of Billy Graham and bold testimony to the Lord Jesus Christ.  Kathy Lee shared, ‘Jesus is the cure for the malignancy of the human soul!'” ~ Kathy Howard

“Remembering Billy Graham’s through my husband’s words: ‘America and the world have lost a great light. I saw Billy Graham at crusade in 1987 in Columbia, SC at Williams Brice Stadium. His deep humility and inspiration to preach the Good News of Jesus Christ will possibly never be matched. He was a modern-day Paul and a blessing to the nations. ‘Jesus died for you’ still rings in my ears. Always strive to live for God every day – you will never know disappointment putting God first!’ So so blessed my husband heard the Words of this man of God! Are you disappointed today? … turn to Jesus!” ~ Cherie Nettles

One of my friends from Australia commented that she had never him speak. If that’s the case with you, his website has plenty of his television programs, radio shows, and movies available at billygraham.org.

Someday you will read or hear that Billy Graham is dead. Don’t you believe a word of it. I shall be more alive than I am now. I will just have changed my address. I will have gone into the presence of God.” ~ Billy Graham

If you have memories, reflections, or connections of Billy Graham that you would like to share, please LEAVE A REPLY at the bottom of the page. I would love to hear from you!


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