July 13, 1964
It was a Monday night under a starry sky. Billy Graham rose to the platform and it was electrifying. In our fourteen years of life it was the biggest crowd, the biggest event we had ever been a part of. Our whole family was there, our parents, the three of us (we are triplets) our younger sister and two younger brothers. We were church attenders in a fairly liberal church so we had never heard the plan of salvation before Dr. Graham came to the podium. That night he made it clear even for our young understanding that we needed a Savior. I am not sure what text Dr. Graham used but what I do know is that when Just As I Am began, the three of us and our twelve year old brother all went forward. I look back on that night and realize that I didn’t completely understand all that took place. And still, almost fifty years later, I am awed and stand in wonder at the truths I learned that night. I am at amazed at the complexity of a plan that offers forgiveness because of the death and resurrection of Jesus but also the simplicity of a plan that says ‘whosoever calls on the name of the Lord will be saved’. Again, I am not sure what the counselor said. But what I do remember is that later that evening driving home, I looked up to the sky from the car window, knowing, KNOWING, that if something should happen, I was going to heaven. I am still amazed by that.
Today, all of our siblings, our children and our grandchildren who are old enough to make a decision for Christ, have done that. In our family we have pastors, full and part time missionaries, Sunday School and Bible teachers, counselors and soul winners. That night, we made the best decision any of us could have ever made. That night not only were individuals changed, but the legacy of an entire family, the direction of generations was changed. Thank you, Dr. Graham, for being faithful on July 13, 1964 to share the plan of salvation. That night our names were written in The Lamb’s Book of Life and we are eternally grateful.
Kris, Karen and Kathie