Memory is a funny thing. There are studies, books and lectures on the facts and ideas that give answers to why some recollections remain at the tip of our mind while others flee.
I recently learned about an upcoming event that caused a particular memory to rush into my mind as if it happened yesterday. The event actually occurred on more than one occasion, and it usually involved a 2-3 evening commitment that began at 7:00 p.m. and always concluded an hour later at 8:00 p.m. It was a free event that I, along with my brother, mom and dad, attended in the privacy of our den in the late 1960s and early 70s. Maybe you attended, too.(?)I’m not certain which channel my daddy tuned into, but he always had it ‘switched on and tuned in’ so we caught every minute of the man named Billy Graham.
My parents had a way of teaching us about God without preaching at us. Over the past 30 years of being ‘all grown up’ and marching through this thing called life, I have spent many moments, on any given day, thinking and considering the faith of my mom, my dad and how they managed to sprinkle my life with enough Spiritual teaching to encourage my own journey. Their story is woven with love, passion, struggle, burden, forgiveness, trust and faith. Above all, faith. Theirs is a story, I think, many would appreciate because it is a story that encourages one to embrace their life a little tighter. Their story is a reminder of the timeless reality that, “Life is short, so seek and find Truth as soon as you can.”So how does Billy Graham fit into the above mention? It was the Television Crusades of Reverend Billy Graham that served as an added avenue for my parents (particularity my dad) to offer an opportunity for me and my brother to hear and learn about God. Billy Graham’s message was, and is, the same message that has been shared for over 2,000 years. It is an honest message of purpose. It is a message that has been understood by thousands of individuals before you and me. It is a message that my mom believed and trusted, my dad believed and trusted and I believe and trust…completely. It is a message that is often argued, laughed at and rejected. It is a message that those who hear are free to take or leave.
I have come to realize that perhaps my parents gently insisted that we know this message because it offers sense in a world that can be senseless. A message that offers timeless Truth when there are corners of our world that insist on lies. Above all, it is a message that offers something bigger than any mommy or daddy can offer the child they deeply love.
You see, last week I learned that, at 95 years old, Billy Graham is sharing The Message one more time! It is a message for each and every person, young or old. You need not be of any religious, political or social affiliation. You need only be willing to hear, listen, consider and search. This message is for a truly open-minded person with a heart and head for glimpses of understanding. Take it or leave it. You are free to do either, but I hope time will allow you to watch Billy Graham’s Final Call tomorrow night, Thursday 7 November. Here is a link to the message that aired 7 November 2013: The Cross