Treasured Moments with Mother Graham

Mothers have a profound influence on their children, including those children who impact their world profoundly as Billy Graham has done. Now readers can see inside the dynamic faith of Billy Graham’s mother, Morrow Coffey Graham, known as “Mother Graham,” in a new devotional book.

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Q: How did that visit lead to the writing of Treasured Moments with Mother Graham?

A: Sometime after our visit together, I asked Rose if she would put the memories of her time with Mother on tape. The stories that Rose had so carefully preserved for me take on a gentle humor. After Ruth died, I found myself listening to this tape more frequently, remembering the gleam in Ruth’s eyes as she chuckled at the array of stories Rose told. But it also seemed as though I could hear my mother’s voice recalling Scripture as Rose recited Mother’s favorite passages.

I asked Rose for permission to print these special moments in a book, for I felt that many would draw comfort and strength from an inside look at the younger learning from the older. This is something very scriptural. “Suffering should not make us bitter people,” my mother once said, “it should make us better comforters.” Young people need to hear this from those who have walked before them, because someday they’ll be walking those same steps but there may not be anyone following behind.

Q: Tell me about the caregivers in your life.

A: In recent years, as Ruth and I grew older, we both learned something about caregivers. The most effective and loving are those who have already walked a few miles through the valley of shadows and been drenched in tears that have fallen from clouds of darkness.

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