Anne Graham Lotz pays a great tribute to her Iconic father Billy Graham
I love Billy Graham’s teachings and sermons. I grew up on them. His way of delivering powerful messages in simple ways endeared him to me. I love how Billy Graham taught on Righteousness and Godliness with such clarity and passion. Every time I would listen to one of his sermons, my thoughts would be, this is what I needed to hear. The world needs to hear this. Everyone needs to hear this.
The Iconic Legend who was born on November 7th, 1918 and a great servant of the Lord Jesus Christ went home to be with his Creator today February 21st, 2018. I want to thank Jesus for the gift of William Franklin Graham Jr. and the way he was able to impact the world, change lives and literally revolutionize evangelism.
I will miss Billy Graham because his being alive always gave me great comfort as he represented a beacon of Hope and the faithfulness of God to those who serve him diligently.
But his legacy lives on in the many sermons he preached and the many lives he touched.
His second daughter Anne Graham Lotz shared a great tribute to her Father on her website. It’s a wonderful message that shows Billy Graham as a simple man of Faith, Hope, and Love.
I pray we can all share the gospel and live the gospel with as much or even more passion, devotion, and commitment than Billy Graham did.
Below is Anne Graham Lotz’s Tribute:
Regarding the death of her father, Billy Graham
My Father’s legacy is one that encompasses the world…and engulfs my own life. When I think of him, I don’t think of Billy Graham, the public figure. I think of my Daddy. The one who was always a farmer at heart. Who loved his dogs and his cat. Who followed the weather patterns almost as closely as he did world events. Who wore old blue jeans, comfortable sweaters, and a baseball cap. Who loved lukewarm coffee, sweet ice tea, one scoop of ice cream, and a plain hamburger from McDonald’s. Who was interested in everything and everyone, from the small to the great. Whose mind remembered details that even a computer would have trouble recalling.
But when I think of him I also think of his message because he was immersed in it. Saturated in it. He was his message…a simple man who had responded to God’s love by placing his faith in Jesus, receiving the assurance that his sins were forgiven, that he would not perish, but would have everlasting life. Simple faith. Faith that now matters more than anything else.
For years, over his head as he preached was the banner that quoted the words of Jesus: I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life. Jesus completed that sentence by saying that no one comes to the Father but by Me. Based on what Jesus said, Daddy is safely with the Father. In Heaven. Daddy not only claimed Jesus as the only Way to God, he lived by the Truth publicly on platforms and privately behind closed doors, and is now enjoying real Life.
I have often stated that I was raised by a single parent because ministry took my father away from our family—for weeks and months at a time. Daddy estimated that he was gone from home approximately 60 percent of his children’s growing-up years. Now, he has left again. This time, he will not be coming back. At least, not until Jesus does, too.
While he may be physically absent and his voice silent, I am confident that his message will continue to reverberate throughout the generations to come. My prayer on this day of his move to Our Father’s House is that his death will be a rallying cry. That tens of thousands of pastors, teachers, evangelists, and ordinary men and women will rise up to take his place. That they will take up his message like a baton being passed in a relay race and faithfully pass it on to those with whom they come in contact. Because Daddy’s message is God’s message. And it’s a message of genuine hope for the future, of love for the present, of forgiveness for the past.
It’s a message, when received, that brings a fresh beginning, unshakable joy, unexplainable peace, eternal significance, meaning and purpose to life, and opens Heaven’s door.
It was this message, which Daddy carried to the world, that penetrated my own heart as a young girl and has created in me a personal, passionate resolve to communicate it myself to as many people as possible. And so, even as my tears seem to be unending, I silently rededicate my life to picking up and passing on the baton. Would you do the same?
7 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. 8 Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing.
2 Timothy 4:7-8
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