Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Billy Graham Library

While I was visiting with Ro, I asked if it was possible for us to visit the Billy Graham Library.  So we took an afternoon to go, and I will tell you, it made an impact on my life.

When I was a young teen I remember my mom watching Billy Graham crusades.  I HATED it!  I heard preaching Sunday morning, Sunday night, and Wednesday evening.  Why did we have to watch it on TV?  But as I grew older I began to appreciate his heart for the Gospel.  But I really didn't know that much about him.

The library and his childhood home is beautiful.  The 30 foot glass cross door entering the "barn-library" is just stunning.  The grounds are immaculate.

When you visit, there is no charge.  And that is the way the ministry wants to keep it.

I am only showing some of the pictures. I am amazed I have as many as I do, as first of all, that was not the best day for my stomach.  Also, it is so hard to take pictures through the tears...and there were lots of them

Billy's parents.  His dad was a farmer.

That is why it starts in a barn
All the beams have Bible verses.  There are verses everywhere.

There is a room dedicated to his beautiful wife Ruth.

It was just amazing to see the earthly blessings the Lord allowed Billy Graham to enjoy.
I loved this sign.
This is a cross made from the sawdust of his first tent meeting.

Ro and I in front of his childhood home that was moved to the property.
It was gorgeous.

The library has about 11 rooms that follow his life and ministry.  The last room, well, there are no words to really describe it.  You walk through a series of crosses and each of us said later it felt like we were entering Heaven.

I can only give a brief idea of how it was.  If you ever have the chance, it is definitely worth seeing.  Apparently Christmas is amazing according to the staff.

Matt 25:21 His lord said unto him, Well done, [thou] good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.


Cyn said...

I am a sucker for barns..and this one is amazing..if I ever get out of AZ lol..that will be a place on my list.

A Hint of Home said...

It was an amazing afternoon! So glad we got to go there together.
Great post!

June said...

This had to be an amazing visit. The grounds alone are gorgeous. I would love the chance to make a trip to this Library and take a tour. I can tell from this post that you had a wonderful time on this visit.
hugs from here...

Unknown said...

Hi CeeKay,
Thanks so much for this amazing tour of the BG Library. I can feel from your post how much it meant to you. Would love to go there someday!

Lori said...

I'd love to see that one day, where is it exactly?

Sweet Meanderings said...

I so enjoyed looking at the pictures. I would love to visit there. It sounds so inspiring. I'm sure I would be in tears too. I too remember watching Billy Graham on TV every time he was on and complaining about it! Now days I enjoy some the reruns when they show them.

Happy@Home said...

Now that I've read your post, I want to go more than ever. It's close enough that I have no excuses.
Glad you were able to go and enjoyed it so much.

Vee said...

Oh I've been waiting for this post. Everything just looks wonderful and I'd so love being able to visit. Thank you for sharing your trip. I understand that Mr. Graham is just home from the hospital and I do wish him well and pray for him. He's done a lot of good in this world. His preaching was the catalyst for many in my family to come to the Lord. For that, I shall be eternally grateful.

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

This looks like a wonderful, interesting tour, Ceekay! Thanks for sharing it with us!

Simple Home said...

I've seen photos before and thought I'd love to visit. I didn't know about the barn though. What a wonderful and inspiring trip!

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