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Reflections: The Rev. Dr. Billy Graham

Written by Karen Brewer, Publisher

March 2, 2020 marks the second anniversary of the funeral service for the Rev. Dr. Billy Graham, who passed from this life to heaven on February 21, 2018. The following is what I wrote two years ago, on March 2, 2018:

In his earthly life, Rev. Billy Graham preached the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the world, and, each day since his passing to his heavenly life, the Gospel message has continued to be proclaimed to all of the world. From the news coverage and his friends and family members sharing about him and his Lord this past week, and citizens paying their respects at the Cove and along the procession route from Asheville to Charlotte and at the Billy Graham Library and in our nation’s Capitol, to everyone who spoke and everyone who sang at today’s funeral service, the Gospel message has been the focus. 

And the Gospel will continue to be the focus of the organization that bears his name, as the Lord’s work is not yet finished. 

Let’s each of us do our part in sharing Jesus Christ, as well, with those with whom we come into contact, until Jesus returns. In recent days, I’ve seen a video of Rev. Billy Graham, George Beverly Shea, and Cliff Barrows singing, “This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine. This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine, let it shine, let it shine, let it shine. Hide it under a bushel? No. I’m gonna let it shine. Hide it under a bushel? No. I’m gonna let it shine, let it shine, let it shine, let it shine.” Jesus said, “Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven” (Matthew 5:14-16). Each of us has a light for a world that is in darkness. Our small light is a reflection of that great light. Jesus said, “I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life” (John 8:12). Our mission, as Christians, is to point others to the light of the Lord Jesus Christ. 

Rev. Billy Graham used his light to point others to the light of his Saviour. As I wrote on February 21, the day of his passing, think of all of the lives he touched with the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ, and think of the Lord Jesus Christ himself speaking these words, “Well done, thou good and faithful servant.” He leaves a legacy in preaching and in living. He leaves a legacy in the organization that bears his name and that continues to proclaim the Gospel for the glory of God. He leaves a legacy in his family, who share and live the Word. 

Continuing to remember in prayer all of Rev. Graham’s family members. For them, he held that most important role as their beloved family member, and I know they will miss him until they see him again. So glad for the promise of a heavenly reunion one day.

As a tribute to Rev. Billy Graham and his beloved wife, Ruth Bell Graham, here is a link to an article written for readers of The Christian View magazine by Will Graham
about his paternal grandparents and about the Billy Graham Library. When I asked Will if he would be interested in writing the article, he was gracious to do so.