Billy Graham's New Suit

The following article was sent to my email by Keith Bauer concerning the Reverend Billy
Graham. He found the article on under Heartwarming and Humorous
Stories. I present this to you for your inspiration and to the honor of Billy Graham, a statesman
in the Kingdom of God.

Billy Graham is now 92-years-old with Parkinson's disease. In January 2000, leaders in
Charlotte, North Carolina, invited their favorite son, Billy Graham, to a luncheon in his honor.
Billy initially hesitated to accept the invitation because he struggles with Parkinson's disease. But
the Charlotte leaders said, 'We don't expect a major address. Just come and let us honor you.' So
he agreed.
After wonderful things were said about him, Dr. Graham stepped to the rostrum, looked
at the crowd, and said, I'm reminded today of Albert Einstein, the great physicist who this month
has been honored by Time magazine as the Man of the Century. Einstein was once traveling
from Princeton on a train when the conductor came down the aisle, punching the tickets of every
passenger. When he came to Einstein, Einstein reached in his vest pocket. He couldn't find
his ticket, so he reached in his trouser pockets. It wasn't there. He looked in his briefcase but
couldn't find it. Then he looked in the seat beside him. He still couldn't find it.
The conductor said, “Dr. Einstein, I know who you are. We all know who you are. I'm
sure you bought a ticket. Don't worry about it.” Einstein nodded appreciatively. The conductor
continued down the aisle punching tickets. As he was ready to move to the next car, he turned
around and saw the great physicist down on his hands and knees looking under his seat for his
The conductor rushed back and said, 'Dr. Einstein, Dr. Einstein, don't worry, I know who
you are; no problem. You don't need a ticket. I'm sure you bought one.”
Einstein looked at him and said, “Young man, I too, know who I am. What I don’t know
is where I’m going.”
Having said that Billy Graham continued, “See the suit I'm wearing? It's a brand new
suit. My children and my grandchildren are telling me I've gotten a little slovenly in my old age.
I used to be a bit more fastidious. So I went out and bought a new suit for this luncheon and one
more occasion. You know what that occasion is? This is the suit in which I'll be buried. But
when you hear I'm dead, I don't want you to immediately remember the suit I'm wearing. I want
you to remember this: I not only know who I am, I also know where I’m going.”

'Life without God is like an unsharpened pencil - it has no point.'

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