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Billy Graham & Albert Einstein
Job 19:25-26

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Billy Graham and Albert Einstein

As for me, I know that my Redeemer lives, and at the last He will take His stand on the earth. Even after my skin is destroyed, yet from my flesh I shall see God” (Job 19:25-26)

We received the following as an email:

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 of his struggle with Parkinson's disease - he was 86-years old.

But the Charlotte civic leaders replied, "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 each passenger.  When he came to Einstein's row, Einstein reached into his vest pocket.  He couldn't find his ticket, so he reached into other pockets.  It wasn't in any of them, so he looked into his briefcase, but could not find it.  Then he searched the empty seat next to him.  He could not find the ticket."

"The conductor said, 'Dr. Einstein, I know who you are. We all know who you are. I'm certain 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 that the great physicist was down on his hands and knees, looking under his seat for the 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 were 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.


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