In honor of Ruth Bell Graham

Today would have marked Ruth Bell Graham’s 104th birthday. Friday also marks the 17th anniversary of her homegoing.

Ruth Bell Graham, the beloved wife of Billy Graham and mother to their five children, lived a vibrant and impactful life. Born 104 years ago, her legacy of faith, love, and grace continues to inspire many.

In honor of her memory, here is one of her beautiful poems that captures her deep connection with God’s creation and her reflective spirit:

It is no nightingale tonight,
no whippoorwill,
enchanting pale twilight
with singing on the hill for us …
only the limpid frogs,
hatched in the damp someplace,
raising their hallelujah chorus loud…

and I am touched with grace.

Excerpt from Ruth Bell Graham’s Collected Poem

Ruth Graham prayed The Cove would be a place for retreat, rest, relaxation, and renewal, a refuge where hospitality is a ministry. Her desire was to create an environment where people can meet with the Lord Jesus personally and privately—and never be the same again.

As we remember Ruth Bell Graham on her birthday, let us celebrate the grace and beauty she brought into the world through her words and actions.