The Cost to Billy Graham as a Dad
In Just As I Am: The Autobiography of Billy Graham, it is so clear how much he misses his family as hes gone for weeks, and sometimes months, at a time.
One passage in his book haunts me regarding one of his Los Angeles Crusades while his daughter, Anne, was young. Ruths sister and brother-in-law, Rosa and Don Montgomery, came from New Mexico to join us for the closing week, bringing Anne, who had been staying with them. Whose baby is this? I asked when I saw the child in Rosas arm, not recognizing my own daughter.
In other passages of the book, Billy is a wonderful and caring dad and husband. When he was home, he was focused. But his ministry involved so much travel.
If you had to make the choice between the impact of Billy Graham and not recognizing your own daughter, what would you choose? Of course, Billy was trying to be obedient to Gods call, and Gods call on some might involve long time away from family.
Im so glad thats not a choice I have to make.
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