August is designated “What will be your legacy Month.” During this time many people will re-examine the past while considering the future, in light of a desire to make a positive and lasting impact upon future generations. Billy Graham, one of the most admired and respected clergyman of the 20th Century, commented on the importance of legacy:
“Our days are numbered. One of the primary goals in our lives should be to prepare for our last day. The legacy we leave is not just in our possessions, but in the quality of our lives. What preparations should we be making now? The greatest waste in all of our earth, which cannot be recycled or reclaimed, is our waste of the time that God has given us each day.”
Most remarkably, a number of scheduled events will take place in Birmingham, AL related to Billy Graham and the legacy that he leaves. Franklin Graham, son of Billy Graham, now serving as chief executive officer of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, will be the featured speaker for three days of religious services, Aug. 14-16 at Bartow Arena on the University of Alabama Birmingham campus. Working with Franklin Graham is his son, Evangelist William Franklin, grandson of the elder Graham.
Called the “Greater Birmingham Festival of Hope with Franklin Graham,” the series of meetings will follow the same basic format as the famous Billy Graham crusades of the 1950s and beyond. That period has been described as one of the Ten Greatest Revivals of all Times, according to Elmer L. Towns and Douglas Porter.
Sponsored by local churches and businesses, the festival in Birmingham will be free and open to the public. No tickets or church affiliation are required to attend. In an interview with Greg Garrison, Grandson Will Graham described what the event will entail:
“You’ll have worship, praise and preaching by my father from the Bible. He will give an invitation for the public to declare their faith in Christ. We will plug them in with a local church, just like we’ve done all these years with my grandfather.”
The youngest Graham, who serves as vice president for the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, also leads similar events and explained the difference: “When my grandfather does it, we call it a crusade; when my father does it, we call it a festival; and when I do it, we call it a celebration,” Will Graham said.
During “What will be your legacy Month” the forthcoming evangelistic campaign in Birmingham reveals Evangelist Billy Graham’s enduring legacy that has been passed on to his son, Franklin, and now to his grandson, Will.