It might seem like an unlikely friendship for an elderly evangelist and his wife to befriend a world-famous rock star, but that is exactly what happened in 2002 when Billy and Ruth Graham met U2 frontman Bono.
They met at the Graham family home in Montreat, N.C. in March 2002 after mutual connections arranged a time for them to be introduced. After he met with Billy and Ruth, Bono wrote a poem, which he later sent to them, about how Billy Graham’s ministry had inspired him. It reads as follows:
The journey from Father to friend is all paternal loves end It was sung in my teenage ears In the voice of a preacher loudly soft on my tears I would never forget this Melody line Or its lyric voice that gave my life A Rhyme a meaning that wasn’t there before a child born in dung and straw wish the Father’s love and desire to explain how we might get on with each other again…
To the Rev Billy Graham (that preacher) Ruth and all the Graham family From Bono (March 11 2002) With much love and respect