On February 21, 2018 noted Evangelist Billy Graham passed away at age 99. Billy Graham dedicated his life to crusading for Christ.
He toured the world spreading the good news of the Gospel and encouraging others to trust the Lord with their everything. One person who Billy truly impacted is Kathie Lee Gifford. When Kathie Lee was just a little girl she came home to find her mom and her big sister on their knees in front of their TV sobbing. Her heart sank, and she feared the worst. With a lump in her throat, she listened as they explained to her they had just given their lives to Jesus Christ.
Kathie's young heart was softened, and soon after that Kathie herself heard the call of the Lord after seeing ‘The Restless Ones,' a Christian film featuring Rev. Graham about troubled teens coming to Christ. She heard God tell her that she is special, and He wanted to make something special of her life if she would trust Him. Years later, Kathie Lee had made her way into the spotlight and always tried her best to use her platform to spread the love of the Lord. So when she was hosting a televised Christmas special at her house, she invited Billy Graham to join her for the program. He agreed to join her and the two became the best of friends.
Billy Graham was one of the first to reach out to her and Frank when they were trying to recover from Frank's infidelity. The Reverend knew that healing had to happen for them both and wanted to help however he could. For the rest of Billy Graham's life Kathie Lee poured into their friendship.
This interview with Kathie Lee was filmed 4 years ago following Rev. Billy Graham's 95th birthday. Kathie knew her friend would be going home to be with the Lord in the next few years and she spoke to how she would receive that news. Kathie knew she would grieve for the loss of her friend but at the same time she would rejoice that Billy was with the Lord in Heaven.
And now today, Kathie Lee is reacting to his death in the most beautiful way. It turns out the words she spoke almost prophetically 4 years ago were true. When Kathie Lee got the news today she threw her hands up and praised the Lord for taking away Billy's pain.
He had been struggling here on earth, and now Kathie knows he is no longer in any pain. She was blessed enough to be able to say goodbye and ‘thank you' to Billy the last time she saw him. She knew in her heart it would be the last time she would see her friend. And in honor of Billy, Kathie Lee took advantage of her time on live TV to proclaim that Jesus is the giver of peace that passes all understanding and that in our darkest times He is the only one who gives us true hope.
It was incredible hearing how Billy Graham touched the lives of so many through the word of the Holy Bible! And how truly proud he would be to hear Kathie Lee spreading the Gospel to continue his legacy.
WATCH: Kathie Lee Reacts To The Death Of Billy Graham
There seems no more fitting way to celebrate Billy's life than with Kathie Lee singing the song she wrote when her husband Frank passed entitled, ‘He Saw Jesus.' This one lyric from her song is so perfect for the celebration of Billy's life "When he saw Jesus. He saw Jesus, And He took his breath away."
Listen as Kathie Lee sings her beautiful original song. Who else is sad to hear of this loss but grateful to know we will all see Billy again?
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