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Franklin Graham: My Father’s Legacy, My Father’s Home

Through cover stories and documentaries, media outlets around the world have pondered the legacy of Billy Graham. They have asked, and tried to answer, how will he be remembered? What did he leave behind?

Billy Graham had many opportunities to invest in business ventures, but he knew they would be used only to distract him from his calling.

My father would want to be remembered for two things. That he lived a life obedient to the Lord Jesus Christ and that he faithfully preached God’s Gospel.

As his son and namesake, I would add to that legacy what he passed on to his family: integrity and compassion. Billy Graham was a loving father who taught his children values found in the Word of God and lived those values both privately and publicly. My parents left us children a tangible legacy, but more valuable was the heritage they left in how they lived their lives.

When my father said goodbye to this world, his body was returned to Charlotte, as he had instructed, and buried near his home in the shadow of the cross.

I am grateful for the legacy I inherited from my parents, but I treasure more their testimonies that have beckoned many to the foot of the cross, giving millions the rich heritage of salvation in Jesus Christ. I want to tell the next generation about what Christ has done for all. “One generation shall praise Your works to another” (Psalm 145:4).

Someday I will leave this world and join my father in heaven. I won’t get on board a Legacy 600 aircraft to get there. Christ will lead the way on the clouds of glory. Until then, I will be about my Father’s business.

from “Through My Father’s Eyes” by Franklin Graham

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  1. Lisa says:

    Your father was a wonderful Christian. Unfortunately, I only started getting interested in the Gospel after he passed. I have only been going to church regularly for the past 6 years. I love that you keep this legacy and I continue to read and listen to scripture daily. It brings me peace. God bless you always.

  2. NINA says:

    I try and pray day by day to be the person God wants. I know God is in control. I love Jesus is my Savior, Amen.

  3. Adele Furtick says:

    Franklin – My husband and I just returned from The Cove. Beautiful, peaceful – we love it. This is our second visit and we plan to return. I have followed your daddy since I was 11 years old. I am 79 now. That is when I went to my first crusade in Columbia, SC and my husband and I have gone to every crusade that has been near enough for us to attend. The picture where your parents are buried is beautiful. Thanks for sending it. In fact I have been to one of your Festivals and two of Anne’s. I just love the whole family. God bless you and your whole family

  4. Diane Hall says:

    I love Billy Graham and all that he has done to win souls for Jesus.

  5. Bertha Agyekun says:

    Awesome! I would like to read the full book.

    Thank you.

    1. bglibrary says:

      Hi Bertha, you can purchase the book here: http://www.billygrahambookstore.org/through-my-father-s-eyes

  6. Gene Cline says:

    Proud family. God be with all of them!!

  7. Dolores Romanek says:

    Thank you for sending me information about your father. We loved him dearly. He was a wonderful man. Recently we were able to visit the Library. What a great experience it was. That will be something I will remember for the rest of my life. Looking forward to meeting with your dad whenever the good Lord is ready for me. This August, I will turn 88 and I am having a super experience volunteering at the Christian food pantry 2 times a week, and operation home bound preparing meals for over 200 people on every Friday. When we were at the Library I purchased quite a few things to give to family and friends. Also I will be donating to you ministry. Please send a phone number for me to call in so you can help me with that. Thank you.

    1. bglibrary says:

      Hi Dolores. We are so glad you had a good experience at the Library! To donate by phone, call 1-877-247-2426.
      The line is available Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. – 11:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m. Eastern Time, closed on Sundays.

  8. ben says:

    Your father was a great man of God and no one can ever take his place. He saved me in 1964 at the New York world fair that was many years ago. I am 67 now and I will see him again when I leave here. Because of him, millions will get to heaven. I still miss hearing his sermons. God speed my brother in Christ.

  9. Darlene Behrens says:

    Thank you. Your father’s faithfulness was such a testimony to me. I thanked God for this when he died.

  10. Dottie Harden says:

    Loved and appreciated your dad and mom’s ministry, because she was definitely part of him. Thankful for the work, for Jesus, that you are doing as well. God bless you.

  11. Carol Davis says:

    Beautiful

  12. Cigi Joji says:

    I have been listening to messages of Dr. Billy Graham every day, especially for subject about worry, anxiety, and depression. All these messages are very helpful for me when I feel depression.

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