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Billy Graham's Son Asks People To Pray For His Father

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by Ben Hall

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The son of legendary pastor, Billy Graham, has asked people to pray for his father.

Franklin Graham told NewsChannel 5 that his 95-year old dad is resting at home, but is very weak. He spoke with us exclusively about his father's health and his ties to Nashville.

Billy Graham's first Nashville Crusade was in 1954. He packed the football Stadium at Vanderbilt University and did the same for his second revival in 1979.

He returned to Nashville again in 2000, when he was 81 years old. He filled what was then Adelphia Coliseum for a four day crusade.

Graham is now 95, and his son, Franklin, said his dad is very weak after four days in the hospital last month.

"At this point, you know, just a common cold could be deadly. So I've just asked people to pray for him," Franklin Graham said.

Graham said his father's vital signs are good, but the family is naturally worried.

"Lots of his friends have been calling. We've received calls almost every day from his friends in Nashville wanting to know how he is doing and how they can pray," Graham said.

Among his father's most remarkable accomplishments has been that has met and prayed with every United States President since Harry Truman.

But Franklin Graham said his dad wants to be thought of in a more modest way.

"He wants to be remembered as a preacher. And of course my father's legacy is that he has been a faithful proclaimer of the Gospel of Jesus Christ all his life," Graham said.

Billy Graham lives in North Carolina.

Franklin said his father started work on a book before going into the hospital last month, and hopes to finish it later this year. 

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