Friday, September 21, 2007

I know where I am going

I got this this morning and I thought it was good.

Billy Graham is now 86 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, so he looked in his briefcase but couldn't find
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 ticket.

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 wife, 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."


Dee said...

Awesome speech eh?! I'm going to print that out for my mom -- she was saved at a Billy Graham crusade. She came from a non-Christian family and the Lord has blessed the following generations!

Thank you Sharon for all your encouragement lately. I really appreciate you! D

Denise said...

That is awesome, thanks for sharing.

Connie@Little Red Hearts From God said...

is that not precious... wow..

thank you for your sweet sweet note...

it has been a journey of a week.. i have stood by many sweet precious children of God and walked them Home... to our Lord.. it's been a week...tears... of joy...tears of sadness.. but tears of hope....

I have been given the best gift of all... I so love my work that I have been called to do...

eventhough, I don't get to the blogsville as much...

love ya

Denise said...

My full name is denise oldham sweetie.

Kate said...

This is so beautiful. . . it brought tears to my eyes

Nicki said...

Those are some precious words right there!! oh so good!! have a great weekend and a wondeful worship filled Sunday!!

eph2810 said...

That is so awesome, Sharon - thank you for sharing this. By His love, grace and mercy, I too know where I am going...

Be blessed today and always.

Sweet Mummy said...

WOW - that's terrific! Such a simple, briliant man.

I know where I'm going, and I'll see you there!

SunnySusan said...

That is awesome...thanks

Have a great Lord's day