Saturday, January 28, 2012

Gaither Home Comings & A Marriage Made in Heaven

I love watching the Gaither Home Coming videos on TV on Saturday nights.  Such wonderful singers and worship.
 Gets you fired up for Sunday ; )

Wes Hampton, Bill Gaither, David Phelps, Michael English, Mark Lowrey

Guy Penrod, Joe Bonsall (Oak Ridge Boys)

Allison Durham Spear

Lynda Randle

The Booth Brothers

Wes Hampton

Janet Paschal

 Candy Christmas

Ivan Parker

Jeff & Shari Easter

Tonight they had an interview with Billy Graham speaking about his wife,
Ruth. What a remarkable couple. What an amazing life and love story.

Young Billy

Billy: Evangelist, pastor, author, producer.

Young Ruth

Ruth: Poet, author, painter.

Ruth and Billy met while he was at Wheaton College.
They were introduced by Billy's friend Johnny Streater in
November 1940.

Billy and Ruth were married on August 13, 1943 in
Monreat, North Carolina.

I just loved Ruth what a sense of humor

Ruth when asked if she had ever considered divorce:
 "Divorce? No. Murder? Yes."


Ruth and Billy had five children, 19 granchildren, and
numerous great-grandchildren.

Godly marriage . . .twilight years . . .what a love story

Billy about life with Ruth after retirement: "At night we have time together; we pray together and read the Bible together every night. It's a wonderful period of life for both of us. We've never had a love like we have now -- we feel each other's hearts."     

 (Is this just too romantic - so darling !)

Billy about Ruth's death: "I am so grateful to the Lord that He gave me Ruth, and especially for these last few years we've had in the mountains together. We've rekindled the romance of our youth, and my love for her continued to grow deeper every day. I will miss her terribly, and look forward even more to the day I can join her in Heaven."

Their legacy lives on in the lives of their children. They are not "perfect", several of them have struggled but they are all living for Jesus.

Franklin Graham

William Franklin Graham III: Born July 1952 in Asheville, North Carolina. Reverend Franklin Graham is the founder of an international relief agency, Samaritan's Purse and is an evangelist. He is married to Jane Austin Cunningham.

Ruth "Bunny" Graham

Ruth Bell "Bunny" Graham: Born December 1950. Bunny is an author and is the founder of Ruth Graham & Friends ministry.

Gigi Graham Tchividjian

Virginia Leftwich "GiGi" Graham Tchvidjian: Born September 1945. GiGi is an author and is married to Clinic psycholgois Dr. Stephan Tchividjian.

Anne Graham Lotz

Anne Morrow Graham Lotz: Born May 1948. Anne is an author and found of AnGel Ministries. She married Dan Lotz.

Nelson "Ned" Edman Graham: Born May 1958. Ned is married to Carol. They are the caretakers of Billy and Ruth in addition to having a Bible and training ministry in China, East Gate Ministries.

Your statutes are my heritage forever; they are the joy of my heart.
Psalm 119:111

1 comment:

  1. What a lovely post and tribute. Billy Graham and his beloved wife brought honor to ministry in general. They kept their eye on the prize, Jesus.

    Love the the makes my heart SING!