I’m back in California. I had a great time at the Billy Graham board meeting. Billy spoke to all of us at dinner, and it was very touching.
I had some time to talk with him and I showed him a photo of my granddaughter Stella! What can I do, I am a hopeless grandfather!
I told Billy that Stella was named after my grandmother, who I lived with for many years. We called her “Mama Stella!” She was a wonderful lady and she, along with my grandfather “Daddy Charles,” took me to church every Sunday.
I remember daydreaming and drawing cartoons on the church bulletin and not being all that interested. But it was from her I first heard about Jesus.
We also used to watch Billy Graham on a TV set that looked something like this:
We would watch Billy Graham Crusades on TV. Funny thing, back then, Billy always reminded me of Marshall Dillon of the TV show Gunsmoke, which we also used to watch along with Bonanza.
Billy looked like this back then:
Marshal Matt Dillon, played by James Arness, looked like this:
And I looked like this:
Ah, what memories! Of course, this will all be in my book, Lost Boy, and much more.
I also had an opportunity to tour the Billy Graham library again. I was deeply moved by it. You REALLY should go there some time. It would be well worth the trip.
I signed books for an hour and a half, and met people from all over North Carolina who listen to our radio program A New Beginning and/or watch our services (live or archived), as well as listen to podcasts.
I love the way we can all connect through new media! A few of them even read this blog!
Here are a couple of photos of Billy and me at the board meeting.