Beloved evangelical leader Billy Graham who worked as a modern day Peter from Biblical times, bringing love, hope, and God’s wisdom to the world, died last Wednesday at the age of 99. Having been a pillar of faith and influence for many Americans and a minister to numerous United States Presidents, the country is feeling the huge void we’re left with after his death.
It’s been exactly six days since his passing and his family has finally spoken. Graham’s daughter, Anne Graham Lotz has finally revealed what the incredible religious leader used his very last breath to say and the one specific person he directed his urgent message to.
Graham was exceptionally in tune with what plagues our nation, spending his entire life preaching love and hope into the heart of millions to overcome those struggles. His attitude, kindness, and ability to deliver a driving message into the minds and hearts of those willing to listen were left with nothing less than a fantastic experience that continued to grow positively in the communities he traveled to.
Although he traveled the world, visiting 185 countries, and pursued his dream of spreading the right word to millions of people across the planet, his last words went to one very special 11-year-old girl.
Lotz just sat down for an interview with WRAL to discuss her father’s death and what she hopes will happen in America after his passing with the legacy he left behind, as well as his final message. Lotz said she prays that her dad’s death “will be something to shake the church,” adding that what our country needs most right now is to find Jesus. Then she shared the three words he left the world with when addressing his 11-year-old great-granddaughter.
“We’re so divided. There’s so much anger, so much polarization, and Jesus is the answer. If you look at my Daddy’s life, he cuts across all those divides, whether it’s a racial divide, a political divide, a social divide,” Lotz said in her interview with WRAL. “People all across the spectrum love and honor Billy Graham. Why? Because of his message and because he presented Jesus, and Jesus is the one who unifies us and brings us together.”
She then revealed that on her family’s final visit with her father right before he passed away, her 11-year-old granddaughter told him she loved. As the family began to walk away, Graham replied to the little girl, “I love you.” That was the last thing he said with his dying breath and is an urgent message all of America needs to hear. Never wait to tell other people you love them, make sure all those close to you know you do. Not only say it in words but show it in actions, to everyone – strangers, your enemies, people who have hurt you, and anyone who needs love even when it’s the hardest to give.
“Lotz says she knows her father is in heaven and she will see him again but it’s not easy. ‘I know Daddy’s in Heaven. I have every confidence I’m going to see him again. But inside, I feel empty, and it’s not easy,’” The Daily Caller reported.
He’s been quoted and idolized by so many people that only an estimate would be right to guess the numbers of hearts he’s touched with his words. However, his last went to a little girl who will be blessed by that gift and grow up feeling loved and spreading the same simple, yet important message to others.