On Wednesday, Nov. 7, as we commemorate my father’s 100th birthday, he is celebrating before his Father in Heaven. In his last decade, he often told us that he hoped God would let him live to 100. After he died Feb. 21, President Trump called me to offer his condolences, and he said, “I guess your father didn’t make it to be 100 years old.”
I told him, “Yes, Mr. President, actually he did. Add nine months. He was 100 years from conception. If you count the nine months he was in the womb, he did live to 100.”
The Bible says, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; before you were born I sanctified you; I ordained you a prophet to the nations” (Jeremiah 1:5, NKJV). My father believed that life is sacred, that it begins at conception, and that it is everlasting for all of us who trust Jesus Christ as our Savior. He wanted our nation to protect the unborn as he called us to turn away from our sins and turn back to God. “Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness” (Matthew 6:33, KJV).
We’ll be celebrating my father’s birthday at the Billy Graham Library in Charlotte, N.C. Everyone is welcome. I hope you can join us.