Aug 12, 2012
Rev. Billy Graham, 93, was admitted to Mission Hospital in Asheville for emergency treatment of a lung infection after experiencing pain and difficulty breathing.
Doctors say the famous Christian preacher is resting comfortably and watching grandson Will Graham preach on television, but they also said the lung infection might have led to the death of Billy Graham if left untreated.
Dr. Billy Graham, a Southern Baptist preacher and spiritual adviser to generations of American television viewers and U.S. presidents, was hospitalized with pneumonia twice last year, remaining at home since then for health reasons.
Sources in Montreat, NC say that Graham might have been pushing himself too hard to finish the manuscript for what may be the preacher's final book. His publisher suggests that Billy Graham's new book will be "the most definitive ever."
Observers around the world wonder if the Billy Graham death watch has begun.
Family members say that Billy Graham's funeral arrangements are in place and he looks forward to being reunited with wife Ruth Graham who died, but the evangelist is very much alive and working feverishly.
While the world's most famous preacher is in constant intercessory prayer for humanity, his family members would appreciate prayers for the healing of Billy Graham's pulmonary infection and eventual release from the hospital.
August 14 Update: Billy Graham was released from the hospital to rest and recuperate at home, thanking the world for many miraculous prayers.
Will Billy Graham preach again? Nobody can say for sure. For now, though, Graham's passion and purpose is to keep preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ through any means at his disposal.
The great dream of Billy Graham will not die.