A Note on Dr. Graham: A Life Well Lived...


‘Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints.’ (Ps. 116:15)


My family and I awoke to the news of the passing of Dr. Billy Graham. We join the millions around the world in mourning his death as we would a member of our own family. We extend our most heartfelt condolences to his family. They are as much a testimony to his exemplary life as are the decades of ministry for which he is known. His remarkable legacy endures through them.


I had the privilege of meeting Dr. Graham, first at a New York outreach in Central Park in 1991, and then, years later, at The Cove, the training center in North Carolina he created, along with his beloved wife, Ruth. One of the great blessings in my life has been to serve as a worship leader for the seminars held there, as well as participating in special events, such as a ‘Cove Christmas,’ which I had the joy of doing with My daughter, Misha. To enter that place bearing Mr. Graham’s Name is to be, as it were, on ‘holy ground.’ Everything at The Billy Graham Training Center—all the precious people who serve there—are reflections of the profound faith, the unmistakable integrity, the incredible humility of the Graham family. I, along with so many others, have been blessed by the love and care shown to us there and we will ever and always be grateful.


Now this great man of God joins, not only Mrs. Graham, but also some of the friends with whom he, through the faithful preaching of the everlasting gospel, changed this world—and the lives of it’s people—forever. Cliff Barrows, George Beverly Shea and Billy Graham, and all who served with them, altered the eternal destiny of countless numbers of ‘souls’ who saw them, heard their message and came to the ‘altar’ to surrender their lives to the Lord. The earth is a poorer place now—but the kingdom of heaven is richer for this ‘life well lived.’


Yes, we awoke to the sad news of a death—but Dr. Graham would, no doubt, want us to think about the glad news to which he now awakens; the true and eternal life which is now his because, in his youth, he responded to God’s good news; the promise of salvation through belief in the life, death and resurrection of our Lord — our Messiah, Jesus.
Now, perhaps, this powerful evangelist, advisor to Presidents, Pastor to America—child of God—will sing, face to face with his Lord: ‘Just as I am, without one plea, but that thy blood was shed for me, And that thou bidd’st me come to thee, O, Lamb of God, I come, I come.’


We who now wish this much loved man farewell—at least for a moment—are certain he will hear: ‘Welcome home. Well done, my good and faithful servant.’

Thank you—and God bless you, Dr. Billy Graham.