Are you experiencing grief or loneliness during this holiday season? The article below and Billy Graham’s advice may offer some hope. Click on the Bowling Green Daily News link to see the original column and Graham’s three suggestions for dealing with the “overwhelmed with sorrow” feeling during the holidays.
Billy Graham says death is not the end for terminally ill Christians
by Jardine Malado, The Christian Times
December 28, 2016
“Famed evangelist Billy Graham encouraged terminally ill Christians not to give up on life and look at their situation from God’s point of view so that they may realize that death is not the end for them.
In his advice column in the Bowling Green Daily News on Dec. 20, a terminally-ill woman told Graham that the doctors have predicted that this year’s Christmas might be her last due to an inoperable tumor. She said that she is having a hard time trying to pretend like she’s enjoying the holidays.
‘How can anyone in my situation be cheerful at Christmas?’ the woman who is known only as Mrs. L.L asked.
Graham encouraged the woman to try to change her attitude and look at her own life from God’s point of view.
‘How does God see you? He sees you first of all as someone He deeply loves. You are not insignificant; you aren’t something for whom death is the end,’ the evangelist wrote.
‘Listen: God loves you! He loves you so much that 2,000 years ago He came into this world in the person of His Son, so you could have your sins forgiven and go to be with Him in Heaven forever,’ he continued.”