Hi my name is Gwen Watson. I want to share my story with you about my family and how Billy Graham touched our lives. First of all I would like to thank you Billy for your faithful work in sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ. You have touched so many lives including mine, and I just want to say thank you for giving to the Lord.
My story starts back when my husband, Tim and I were trying to have a child. We had infertility problems and we struggled for eight years until God blessed us with a baby boy. When our son, Taylor, was born, he had medical problems. His esophagus was not connected to his stomach. If he ate or drank anything it could exasperate into his lungs. We were sent to Minneapolis Children’s Hospital where he was to undergo surgery. My husband and I were so afraid and we kept asking God why it would take us eight years to have a child and then for something to be so wrong.
Taylor underwent surgery and things were going well. Then one morning he got a blood clot in his kidney from having his catheter in too long. His body started to shut down and we were not sure if he would make it or not. I remember crying out to God and asking why? We were at the hospital every waking moment. The nurses and a social worker told us we really needed to get out of the hospital for a break. We decided to go for a walk around Lake Calhoun. We were walking and talking and not really noticing anyone that we were passing. Then Billy Graham walked by. He was incognito in a Twin’s baseball hat. But as soon as we passed him, my husband and I each looked at one another and said that was Billy Graham. It was as if God spoke to us at the same time telling us it was him. We turned around and ran excitedly toward his body guard. We asked him if we could meet Billy? He said it would be okay and we walked toward Billy. He was such a gentlemen. He took his hat off and greeted us. We shared with Billy about seeing him at a crusade in Fargo, ND. We thanked him for his awesome work for the Lord and we shared with him about our son. He wrote a Get Well Soon note to Taylor and signed it. He gave us each a hug and we said our goodbyes. After that point, it was as if things turned around for Taylor. The really neat thing is the day before this Tim said if there was anyone he could meet before he died, he wanted to meet Billy Graham. God works in mysterious ways. Tim got his wish. We both felt such peace after talking with Billy. We went back to the hospital and shared with everyone. We said to the nurses and family members, I’ll bet you can’t guess who we just met. They all answered Kirby Puckett. We said, no think bigger than that. When we told them it was Billy Graham, they couldn’t believe it.
We have shared this story over the past 14 years, and it still touches people in such a way. Everyone has such respect and awe for Billy Graham. Our son is doing very well – you would never guess he ever had anything wrong with him when he was born. God restored his health. God gave us hope by sending Billy Graham on our path on a sunny day in August, 1993. Billy was on the cover of Time magazine in November of 1993. We have that magazine framed with the note he wrote to Taylor hanging on his bedroom wall as a constant reminder to all of us how God works in wonderful and mysterious ways.
Billy, we just want to say thanks again for your awesome dedication in serving and sharing the gospel of Christ. We love you and admire you! God Bless You!
Tim, Gwen & Taylor Watson