In Interview, Ruth Graham says Crowd is Gathering at the Gates of Heaven to Welcome her Father Home; Talks About Being the First Person in her Church to Get a Divorce

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What does renowned evangelist minister Billy Graham hope to encounter in heaven?

According to his daughter, Ruth Graham, he wants nothing more than to see all the faces from his life, and to greet the God he’s served so faithfully.

“I sense that there’s a crowd gathering at the gate, and mother’s leading the charge,” Ruth told Glenn Beck during an interview that aired Thursday on TheBlaze TV.

“I think it’s going to be two friends greeting each other, who have known each other for years,” she continued with a smile. “Because [my father] has walked with Jesus for years. And it will be very comfortable. It’ll be a warrior returning to his king laying down all the victories, all the crowns and so forth. Laying them at his feet.”

Ruth said all her father wants to hear is the words “well done,” and added that she knows “he will.”

Ruth also opened up about having such an internationally recognized man of faith as a father, and the lasting impact it has had on her life.

She spoke about how, after three divorces, her father could have easily said “I’m tired of dealing with you, you’re on your own,” but he loved her “unconditionally.”

“I divorced my first husband for years of infidelity, and I was the first one to get a divorce in my family, so that was not good,” she recalled. “His parents were friends of the family, so that made it very complicated, and I felt like a circle had been drawn, and I was on the outside of the circle.”

She remarked: “You see, Glenn, in our church, adultery’s forgivable. Divorce is not. At least back then.”

“That is not right,” Glenn responded. Ruth laughed and agreed.

She explained how she moved to a large city after the divorce, and soon fell in love with another man. Within weeks of their wedding, however, he was already threatening to lay violent hands on her.

She said as she fled and returned home, her “fears multiplied with every mile.” What would her parents say? More importantly, what kind of example was she setting for her children?

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