From the Collection of Ruth Bell Graham: Sweetheart card

Billy and Ruth Graham were married for 63 years before her passing in 2007. Their love for each other was centered on their love of Christ. Following their first date, Ruth prayed, “God, if You let me serve You with that man I’d consider it the greatest privilege in my life.”

They were married on August 13, 1943.


Included in the private collection of Ruth Bell Graham is this card given to Ruth by Billy which reads:

I never knew that love could be
So wonderful and sweet
never knew that someone dear
Could make life so complete
I never knew that happiness
Could fill each day all thru
And every hour could mean so much
Sweetheart till I met you!

Card given to Ruth by her husband, Billy Graham. Used by permission of the Ruth Bell Graham Collection.


In her book, “It’s My Turn,” Ruth shared these practical words about love and marriage:

Love stories that end, “And so they were married and lived happily ever after,” can be misleading.

Too often, early love is a mirage built in daydreams. Love deepens with understanding, and varying viewpoints expand and challenge one another. So many things improve with age.

Those who abandon ship the first time it enters a storm miss the calm beyond. And the rougher storms weathered together, the deeper and stronger real love grows.


Plan your visit to the Billy Graham Library today, where you can learn more about the life and ministry of Ruth Bell Graham.


2017 marks the 10th anniversary of the Billy Graham Library as well as the 10th anniversary of the passing of Ruth Bell Graham. During this year, we are delighted to be able to share some items which have never been seen by the public from the private collection of Mrs. Graham.

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  1. Dorothy Ellis says:

    I so wish I had been privileged to know Mrs. Graham! Thanking our Heavenly Father for giving this family to the world to love!

  2. Susan B.Lewis says:

    What a legacy of true love!

  3. Judy Kroblin says:

    Thank you for sharing your special cards . Love grows deeper every year when we allow Christ Jesus to be Lord of.our life and home. Thank you for you ministry. I was saved while watching one of your Crusades

  4. Mellanie Russell says:

    Thank you so much for sharing this tender and precious love story. I grew up listening to Rev. Graham on TV with my Dad. I love his writings as well as Mrs. Graham’s. Both are precious souls. May our Heavenly Father bless them both.

  5. Kwabena Somiah says:

    This marriage was certainly blessed by God himself right from the start to the end.after reading ‘just as I am’ by Dr graham I realized that both of them worked consistently to create the ideal Christian home.they almost always solved their problems and the problems of others through prayer.may God continue to bless this family.As for Ruth I know she is resting peacefully in the bosom of Abraham…may their works continue to inspire us and many others

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