President Donald Trump shared an incredibly special moment with the late Reverand Billy Graham at the US Capitol where the Christian leader was given the exceptional and rare gesture of respect of lying in honor. Trump didn’t just show his respect, he shared a moment with him where he reached out and placed his hand on the casket where he dropped his head in silence and/or prayer. It was a touching moment for all in attendance and those who weren’t who saw what he did. Two days later, he arrived at Graham’s funeral where he took the reverend’s sister aside and told left her stunned with what he had to say.
While former president Barack Obama was invited to attend the funeral of one of the most influential men of all time in our nation’s history, he couldn’t be bothered. He was reportedly too busy promoting himself and his post-presidential agenda to break from it for just one day that he can never get back…not that he cares. Meanwhile, Trump has been there for all the events to show his respect, which has been a personal thing for him
Over the last several days, Reverend Billy Graham has been remembered by both family and friends. People spoke of Billy’s effect on their lives. Former president George W. Bush Jr. said, “God’s work within me began in earnest with Billy’s outreach. His care and his teachings were the real beginning of my faith walk — and the start of the end of my drinking. I couldn’t have given up alcohol on my own.” Bush went on to say, “Perhaps his most meaningful service came on Sept. 14, 2001. After the 9/11 attacks, I asked Billy to lead the ecumenical service at Washington National Cathedral. It was no easy task.
“America was on bended knee—frightened, angry, uncertain. As only Billy Graham could, he helped us feel God’s arms wrapped around our mourning country. “We come together today,” he began, “to affirm our conviction that God cares for us, whatever our ethnic, religious or political background may be. The Bible says that he is ‘the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles,’ ” Fox News reported.
He was a man who espoused multitudes more character than Obama who perpetuates divisiveness that Graham worked to overcome, as a Christian whose beliefs don’t preach hate regardless of what the left says.
Graham’s funeral today was bittersweet as he lived a long and very full life. The difference he made in this world is still be felt today, but his passing leaves us with a void that will never be fully replaced. It’s a somber day, but that’s not how Graham would want it, whose passing is a joyous moment since he’s gone to live in eternity with the God he so loves and served. There’s room for smiles, happy hearts, and even a little laughter, which Trump interjected into the occasion in a loving way that was well received by Graham’s sister.
Billy Graham’s sister, Jean Graham, brought the audience to an outbreak of laughter over a story about President Trump.
The Daily Caller reports:
Billy Graham’s sister Jean Graham told a humorous story about President Donald Trump during the reverend’s funeral Friday in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Graham started on a personal note, telling the audience, “You are here because you love him. But you don’t love him like I do. And you haven’t loved him as long as I have.”
Then she recalled, “When the president saw me today, he said, “My goodness, your family has good genes.” Graham, turning to Trump in the audience, said, “Well, you didn’t know that my name is Jean.” The audience erupted in laughter.
Jean went on to deliver a beautiful eulogy, saying, “My other brother and sister have gone on, and I was reminded when I heard that my brother died of the song that the choirs used to sing, ‘Heaven Came Down and Filled my Soul with Glory.’”
More than 2,000 people, including Trump, first lady Melania Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and Karen Pence, attended the service at the Billy Graham Library.
The Reverend will be dearly missed by all of us who had a chance to hear his simple message. Billy’s message to the millions of people who heard him speak was simple, John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
Near the end of Billy’s life he said, “Someday soon it will be announced that Billy Graham has passed away, but don’t believe them! Because I will be more alive than ever!” The vibrancy of his life, who he was and the love and genuine happiness he exuded, was certainly felt in the room today where many came to honor him, while countless others around the world did as well from where they were.