Remembering Billy Graham on His Birthday

November 3, 2023

Billy Graham would have been 105 years old on Nov. 7 of this year. Once he accepted God’s call on his life to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ around the world, he wholeheartedly devoted his life to that calling.

Throughout his ministry, Billy Graham would celebrate his birthday in many places around the globe.

In 1990, Billy Graham celebrated his birthday in Hong Kong with a multi-layered cake covered in icing and various fruits.

Billy Graham cuts his birthday cake to celebrate his birthday in Hong Kong, 1990

In 2001, Billy Graham celebrated his birthday in the White House with a special cake presented by the White House chef.

Billy Graham is presented with a birthday cake at the White House. First Lady Laura Bush (right) looks on.

Billy Graham was once asked what was the greatest surprise he had found out about life. His response – “The brevity of it… Time moves so quickly, and no matter who we are or what we have done, the time will come when our lives will be over. As Jesus said, ‘As long as it is day, we must do the work of him who sent me. Night is coming, when no one can work’ (John 9:4).” It is these brief moments of celebration of life with friends, family, and colleagues that encouraged Billy Graham as he preached across the globe for more than 70 years.

Billy Graham with (L to R) Cliff Barrows, Billie Barrows, and Ruth Graham in Los Angeles, California during the 1949 LA Crusade
Billy Graham (center) with his mother, Morrow Graham (left), and wife, Ruth Bell Graham (right) from an undated photo in the 1960s.
Family and friends were a part of Billy Graham’s 60th birthday celebration held in his hometown of Charlotte, North Carolina. Here, he hands his mother, Morrow Graham, the first piece of cake.
A beautifully decorated cake awaited Billy Graham during a family trip to Orlando in 1988.
Billy Graham’s family surprised him with a cake during a dinner for his 77th birthday in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.
Franklin Graham presents his father with his 90th birthday cake during a party in West Virginia in 2008.

Find out more about Billy Graham’s Crusades around the world by visiting the Library’s Journey of Faith tour. Plan your visit.

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