Vision 2020: Ruth Bell Graham’s Vision

Ruth Graham was not only a devoted wife and mother, she was also a prolific writer who authored and coauthored 14 books. Her vision for authentic Christian stories and poems in her book Footprints of a Pilgrim was lauded by the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association with a Gold Medallion Book Award, this month’s archives feature, for best Biography/Autobiography in 2002.

One poem from Footprints of a Pilgrim explores the little blessings of life:

For all these smallnesses

I thank You, Lord:


Small children

And small needs;

Small meals to cook,

Small talk to heed,

And a small book

From which to read

Small stories;

Small hurts to heal,

Small disappointments, too,

As real

As ours;

Small glories

To discover

In bugs,




When day is through

My mind is small,

My strength is gone;

And as I gather

Each dear one

I pray, “Bless each

For Jesus’ sake—

Such angels sleeping, imps awake!”


What wears me out

Are little things:

Angels minus

Shining wings.

Forgive me, Lord,

If I have whined—

It takes so much

To keep them shined;

Yet each small rub

Has its reward,

For they have blessed me.


Thank You,


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  1. Diane McFadden says:

    I believe that Ruth Bell Graham was and is one of the very finest Christian women who has ever lived. She loved the Lord so MUCH that she was willing to freely let her husband go all over the world to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ to millions.
    She was willing to stay at home and rear their five children 60% of the time so that he could go all over the world proclaiming Jesus Christ.

  2. Michelle Davis says:

    I love Ruth Bell Graham’s poetry! I look forward to every issue of Decision magazine, to read one of her poems or writings on the back page. She has encouraged and touched me with her razor sharp insight and poignant way with words! She was a gifted writer, and a remarkable woman. I am so grateful we have her poetry and prose to remember her by!

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