02
Aug
07

Humility Comes Before Honor

How many of you read this article (or one similar to it) surrounding Ruth Graham’s death? If not, this is an awesome story everyone should read:

NEW ORLEANS – Shortly before he died, convicted murderer Richard Liggett was asked to make two of the simple plywood coffins he meticulously crafted for fellow prisoners. Except the caskets would be for Billy and Ruth Graham.

“Humbled? He was honored, he was honored,” said Burl Cain, warden of the Louisiana State Penitentiary. “He told me, of everything that ever happened in his life, the most profound thing was to build this coffin for Billy Graham and his family.”

Graham’s son Franklin made the request after seeing the coffins on a visit to the Angola prison and being struck by their simplicity, according to a statement from the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.

Ruth Graham was to be buried in one Sunday at a private ceremony at the Billy Graham Library in Charlotte, N.C. She died Thursday at age 87 after a lengthy illness.

“I wish you could look in that casket because she’s so beautiful,” Billy Graham told mourners who gathered Saturday to remember his beloved wife. “She was a wonderful woman.”

Sold for $215 each

The coffins are made of birch plywood and lined with a foam mattress pad covered with fabric. Brass handles are on the sides, while a cross adorns the top. The price: $215 each.

Liggett, who was serving a life sentence for second-degree murder, led a team of prisoners who built the coffins for the Graham family. He had found God in prison, Cain said.

“You would never think he’d be a prisoner. He wasn’t all marked up,” Cain said. “He just did a terrible thing, one time in New Orleans.”

The prison has a Bible college and chapel near death row funded largely by the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and Samaritan’s Purse.

Cain said many of its 5,108 prisoners are Christian and were spending the weekend “preaching and praying and remembering the Graham family.”

But Liggett won’t be among them: He died of cancer in March, nearly 31 years into his sentence. He was buried in one of the last coffins he built, Cain said.

While reading this story I was reminded of Proverbs 15:33, which says, “The fear of the Lord is instruction in wisdom, and humility comes before honor.”
Ruth Graham was truly a humble woman. Billy Graham is equally humble himself. The church would be in much better shape today, if more pastors and parishioners took on the Graham mantle of humility.
Wouldn’t you like to know how many requests have been made to Angola Prison for similar caskets? I would love to be buried in something that simple, wouldn’t you?
Wow, what a story! Wow, what a woman (and man) of God!
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