April 25, 2010

WHAN THAT APRILLE WITH HIS SHOURES SOOTE...:

Obama and evangelist Billy Graham share a prayer (Philip Elliott And Mike Baker, 4/25/10, Associated Press)

President Barack Obama made a pilgrimage Sunday to Billy Graham's mountainside home, concluding his North Carolina vacation with his first meeting with the ailing evangelist who has counseled commanders in chief since Dwight Eisenhower. [...]

Graham said his father prayed for the nation and that God would give Obama wisdom in his decisions. The president prayed to thank God for Billy Graham's life, Franklin Graham said.

Obama confided, like other presidents before him, how lonely, demanding and humbling the presidency can be, Ross said.

"That is a discussion that Mr. Graham has had with previous presidents who realize not only the demands but the loneliness of the job. And they're humbled by that," Ross said. "The only way one can do (the job) properly is to draw on spiritual resources."

Billy Graham has been ailing for years, yet his son said the frail evangelist appeared as strong as ever during the conversation with Obama.

"It's like my father rises to the occasion," he said.


Posted by Orrin Judd at April 25, 2010 2:59 PM
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