According to his daughter, Billy Graham’s last words were to his 11-year-old great-granddaughter. And they were perfect.
Legendary Christian preacher Billy Graham passed last week at the age of 99. Graham had five children and his eldest daughter, Anne Graham Lotz, sat down for an interview to describe what she hopes for next after her father’s death.
In an interview with WRAL, Lotz said she prays her father’s death “will be something to shake the church.” Lotz said America needs to find Jesus again.
“We’re so divided. There’s so much anger, so much polarization, and Jesus is the answer. If you look at my Daddy’s life, he cuts across all those divides, whether it’s a racial divide, a political divide, a social divide. People all across the spectrum love and honor Billy Graham. Why? Because of his message and because he presented Jesus, and Jesus is the one who unifies us and brings us together.”
Anne Graham Lotz revealed in the interview the last words she heard her father say, the words “I love you.”
Lotz’s family surrounded Graham during her final visit with him, and she said her 11-year-old granddaughter told him she loved him as the family was leaving. Graham answered back, “I love you.”
“That was the last words we heard him say,” Lotz said. “That’s enough.”
Lotz says she knows her father is in heaven and she will see him again but it’s not easy.”I know Daddy’s in Heaven. I have every confidence I’m going to see him again. But inside, I feel empty, and it’s not easy.”