On Sunday, December 15, Sabian Warren of the Asheville Citizen-Times reported in an article that was reprinted by USA Today that the highly respected evangelist and author Billy Graham, 95, is feeling weak but relatively healthy according to Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA) spokesman Mark.DeMoss.
This update on his medical issues may come as a relief for Christians who have been following the speculation online that has followed reports such as the one from The Christian Post on Saturday, December 14. In that article, members of Graham's family such as his son Franklin and his grandson Will said he was not doing well and anything that made his condition deteriorate might end his life. They asked people to pray for Graham.
These prayer requests echoed an update that recently appeared on the BGEA website. Franklin Graham reported that his father had spent time in a hospital because of a respiratory infection before being released to recuperate at home. He then asked people to pray for a miraculous healing.
According to Graham, "Our family would appreciate your prayers for him that the Lord would strengthen him. He has been so encouraged by the release of his most recent book 'The Reason for My Hope—Salvation' that he immediately began work on another book about a subject that he feels that God has laid on his heart. Only the Lord knows what is in store as we move forward in service to Him."
Nicola Menzie of The Christian Post recently gave an update on Billy Graham's condition.
According to Menzie, "'He's not doing real well,' Franklin Graham told The Christian Post on Thursday. 'His vitals are good. It's not like he's in danger right this second. But if he got a cold right now, it could be deadly. So I just ask the people to pray that he gets his strength back. I've never seen him this weak in all my life, so I know he'd appreciate your prayers.'"
Billy Graham's grandson Will recently said that he felt that it was time for him to "go home" and suggested that he was near death. In Warren's article, DeMoss expressed a more optimistic opinion about Graham's health.
According to Warren, "'People keep saying different things, some good and some not so good,' said DeMoss. 'But he's about the same. I think everybody's intentions are good. The family members want everybody to pray for Mr. Graham, and I understand that.'
"DeMoss said he is in daily contact with Graham's medical staff.
"'I think everybody is concerned about Mr. Graham, but we're not getting any different reports from the medical staff,' he said. 'I'm checking in every day, and there has not been a change for better or worse in the last number of weeks. He's weak, he's at home and his vital signs are good — his pulse, his heartbeat, his blood pressure. He's not in any immediate danger.'"
Warren added that there is other evidence that Graham's condition is at least stable and possibly even improving.
According to Warren, "... on Saturday, the Rev. Graham's nephew, Mel Graham, said in a TV interview he was encouraged because his uncle seemed stronger late in the week."