Sunday, January 23, 2011

Sunday Spiritual

Billy Graham's Suit
Something heartwarming - nice to see this kind of mail!

Billy Graham is now 91-years-old with Parkinson's disease.  
In January 2000, leaders in Charlotte , North Carolina ,
invited their favorite son, Billy Graham, to a luncheon in
his honor.

Billy initially hesitated to accept the invitation because he
struggles with Parkinson's disease. But the Charlotte  
leaders said, 'We don't expect a major address. Just
come and let us honor you.' So he agreed.

After wonderful things were said about him, Dr. Graham
stepped to the rostrum, looked at the crowd, and said,
"I'm reminded today of Albert Einstein, the great physicist
who this month has been honored by Time magazine as the
Man of the Century. Einstein was once traveling from
Princeton on a train when the conductor came down the
aisle, punching the tickets of every passenger. When he
came to Einstein, Einstein reached in his vest pocket. He
couldn't find his ticket, so
he reached in his trouser pockets.
It wasn't there.  

He looked in his briefcase but couldn't find it.  

Then he looked in the seat beside him. He still couldn't find it.

"The conductor said, 'Dr. Einstein, I know who you are.  
We all know who you are. I'm sure you bought a ticket.
Don't worry about it.'

"Einstein nodded appreciatively. The conductor continued
down the aisle punching tickets. As he was ready to
move to the next car, he turned around and saw the great
physicist down on his hands and knees looking under his
seat for his ticket.

"The conductor rushed back and said, 'Dr. Einstein,
Dr. Einstein, don't worry, I know who you are; no problem.
You don't need a ticket.  I'm sure you bought one.'
Einstein looked at him and said, 'Young man, I too, know who I am.  What I don't know is where I'm going.

Having said that Billy Graham continued,

"See the suit I'm wearing? It's a brand new suit. My children, and my grandchildren
are telling me I've gotten a little slovenly in my old age. I used to be a bit more fastidious. So I went out and bought a new suit for this luncheon and one more occasion.  
You know what that occasion is? This is the suit in which I'll be buried. But when you hear I'm dead, I don't want  you to immediately remember the suit I'm wearing.  I want you to remember this:  I not only know who I am. I also know where I'm going."  May your troubles be less, your blessings more,  and may nothing but happiness, come through your door. "Life without God is like an unsharpened pencil - it has no point."


Amen & Peace My Friends


watercolors said...

What a special post. Who doesn't love Billy Graham and the testimony and long service he has for our Lord.
Thanks, Roxanne

Christie Cottage said...

I remember seeing Billy Graham when I was a child. It was a moving experience for me.

He has lived his life for the Lord! <><

sweetybird09 said...

Oh that was great...I remember my Mom wanting me to see Billy Graham when he came to San Diego a few years ago and due to the large crowd I would not go...I have regretted that decision ever since, what an honor it would have been to see someone that has his Godly wisdom.

Thanks for this post, have a good Sunday blessing our Lord. said...

I only hope to get to the same place he is going. Maybe I can meet up with him up there.
Thanks for another GREAT story Jacki

Imaginuity said...

What a very special story! He certainly will have rewards in eternity, but we will miss him here.

First Light Glass said...

Thanks for sharing this inspirational story!

Lou said...

that was wonderful!

Karen Mortensen said...

Love that. Such good points. Have a wonderful day.

Warm Touch Creations said...

Great blog Jacki!

Deb said...

Billy Graham was in Knoxville, TN and I was privileged to go see him when I was about 13 years old. Great story to share!!!
Love you...Deb

Anonymous said...

That about makes me want to cry! Thanks for sharing today Jacki! God bless you too!

beachbabydoll1 said...

I love Billy Graham too. What a great teacher and evangelist of our times. He is always so comforting. I saw him when I was a little girl too and he was young. Thanks for posting this story. Sylvia

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