The famed pastor and evangelical legend, Billy Graham, peacefully passed away on Wednesday morning. It was reported that he died at his home in the early morning hours, surrounded by his family.
At the time of his death., Graham was 99 years old. His 100th birthday was due this November. Recently, Franklin Graham revealed he had been battling some health issues.
Since his death, an outpouring of love, appreciation, and admiration for Billy has poured in from across the world. During his time as a preacher, Graham was able to preach the Gospel on numerous continents and changed millions of lives. He even mentored numerous sitting U.S. presidents.
"Graham’s influence on key religious leaders, institutions, political activism and cultural engagement helped shape a large chunk of America," wrote the Washington Post.
According to major news outlets, Graham's body will lie in honor at the U.S. Capitol Rotunda. It has also just been announced that his casket is being made by inmates at the Louisiana State Penitentiary.
“This was a great honor. Because this is a great man of God and he wants him an inmate to build his coffin and get the inmate preachers involved and it is mind-boggling it sends a great message,” said Burl Cain, an inmate at the prison.
"Inmates at one of the country's most well-known prisons will have a hand in laying Reverend Billy Graham to rest. At his request, Angola inmates built his casket back in 2006," reported WAFB. They made very few design changes to the casket except in ways to help it be transported easily. The casket has a very simple design.
What do you think about this? Please send your prayers for the Graham family and let us know your thoughts. Also, be sure to read our viral article about the final social media post Graham made just hours before his death.