Billy Graham's Son Asks for Prayers for His Father
Billy Graham was born in 1918 near Charlotte, NC, and gave his life to Christ at age 15. Just a few years later, Graham was ordained as a pastor and began to preach the Gospel. His early crusades drew thousands upon thousands, and some of the crusades went on for weeks. In 1949, he led a crusade in Los Angeles that lasted eight weeks, while a 1957 crusade at Madison Square Garden was extended to 16 weeks, seven nights each week!
Graham formed the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association in 1950, and through the BGEA, he has had the opportunity to share the message of Jesus' love with a stunning 215 million people! Throughout the late 1970s, Graham even took an opportunity to preach behind the Iron Curtain.
Graham has written 33 books, has met with presidents, and has received an astounding litany of awards, including the George Washington Medal Award for Patriotism from Freedoms Foundation of Valley Forge and the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation Freedom Award. He became the first non-musician to be inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame in 1999 and was named an Honorary Knight Commander of the order of the British Empire two years later. Not bad for the humble son of a dairy farmer!
In 2011, Graham shared his thoughts on leaving a legacy in old age:
God doesn’t want us to waste our latter years or spend them in superficial, meaningless pursuits. Instead He wants us to use them in whatever ways we can to influence those who will come after us. God wants us to finish well, and one of the ways we do this is by passing on our values and our faith to those who will follow us. The greatest legacy you can pass on to your children and grandchildren is not your money or the other material things you have accumulated in your life. The greatest legacy you can pass on to them is the legacy of your character and your faith.
Billy Graham has certainly left an honorable and indelible legacy. Let's join Franklin Graham in praying for his father as he moves closer to the century mark.