Va prezint cateva extrase din scrisoarea lunara pre acre o trimite catre suporteri Billi Graham. Dupa cate stiti, nu de mult, sotia lui, Ruth Graham, a plecat la Domnul.
Many of you may have watched Ruth’s memorial on television, led so beautifully by her pastor here in Montreat, Richard White. At the private burial the next day, we continued to sense God’s presence in a special way. My longtime friend Richard Bewes, retired rector of All Souls Church in London, used a verse we rarely hear at a funeral, but is was a wonderful comfort because it fit Ruth so well. Although she had been such an energetic woman, in recent years she was a joyous release from pain and confinement, the Reverend Bewes mentioned words from the last page of the Old Testament: “But for you who fear my name, the Sun of Righteousness will rise with healing in his wings. And you will go free, leaping with joy like calves let out to pasture” (Malachi 4:2)
Years ago, Ruth noticed a highway sign and told us she wanted that sign as her epitaph. If you visit her burial place today in Charlotte, you will find the words of the sign etched on her marker stone: “End of construction. Thank you for your patience”.
The process of aging is challenging, as many of us have learned, but it ought to be a wonderful part of life. My family’s former longtime pastor in Montreat, the late Calvin Thielman, used to say about growing older, “The longer you live, the more like yourself you become”. How encouraging it is in our older years to see God continue to cultivate within us the person He created us to be, providing daily opportunities to become more Christlike.