Thursday, June 14, 2007

I just heard the sad news that Billy Graham's wife, Ruth, went to be with the Lord today, and I'd like to express my heartfelt sympathy to all the members of the Graham family. It's sad to watch an era slowly coming to an end, but I can't help but envy Mrs. Graham her current address. :)

When I was a little girl, my father traveled with Billy Graham and Bob Pierce (World Vision) on their crusades to the Far East (as it was called in those days). Sometimes, they would be gone for weeks at a time, leaving wives at home to raise the children. As a mother of two, I admire the fortitude of these women: Mrs. Graham, Mrs. Pierce and of course, my mother. I admire their hard work and their love. They had a very tough job and they gave it their best, quietly caring for their families.

In today's world, where everything is all about "me" and success is usually measured by the size of your salary, it's good to remember the people behind the scenes who played such an important role in advancing the Kingdom of God.


JohnD said...

WHEN I consider how my light is spent
E're half my days, in this dark world and wide,
And that one Talent which is death to hide,
Lodg'd with me useless, though my Soul more bent
To serve therewith my Maker, and present
My true account, least he returning chide,
Doth God exact day-labour, light deny'd,
I fondly ask; But patience to prevent
That murmur, soon replies, God doth not need
Either man's work or his own gifts, who best
Bear his milde yoak, they serve him best, his State
Is Kingly. Thousands at his bidding speed
And post o're Land and Ocean without rest:
They also serve who only stand and waite.

12:12 AM  
JohnD said...

This evening we watched the old Nancy Drew movies ( @ 1939) and I was struck with reverie on how different things were. I was born in 1961, but I remember the generation that saw 1939. The passing of your father, of Mrs. Graham, of my own father and mother-in-law as well as many other Godly people remind me also that more than just an era is being passed... the torch is being passed to us. Pray that steady and stalwart are the hands that receive the torch in this generation.

12:21 AM  
JohnD said...

New Blog on what I believe will be another social back lash between the genders. And what the Church can do to minimize it.

9:13 AM  

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