Monday, October 29, 2012
On the day her first son was born, Morrow spent much of the afternon picking beans and standing at the kitchen sink getting ready for canning. Morrow was married to William, a dairy farmer, and used to hard work. There was always much to do in helping to run the farm – milking, canning, gardening, and so much more.
Morrow never earned university degrees or made great speeches or wrote books. She simply knew how to pray. And pray she did. She prayed for her all of her children, including her first born. She once said in an interview, “The resources of the Christian mother are limited solely by the love and grace of God. It is to Him that she turns in prayer, not only for the strength needed for each day but also for blessings for her children. Through prayer there comes wisdom, understanding, and grace. As our children sense our prayer lives they too learn the vital place of communion with our Heavenly Father.”
After 46 years of marriage, William died. Morrow did not mope, but devoted herself more than ever to prayer. Morrow could quote and remember scriptures and apply them to everyday living with ease. Untrained by a theological seminary, she kept putting together the bits of truths she learned from her daily Bible study and in the end became a woman whose biblical knowledge touched untold numbers of people.
At the end of her life, her oldest son called her from a revival campaign in France. Weak and in pain, she passed on through her caregiver a verse for her preacher son: “For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding” (Colossians 1:9 KJV).
The legacy of a dying woman, to bless her son one more time with the confirmation of her prayers. Morrow’s dedication to prayer has impacted literally millions of people all over the world.
Her son has counseled and prayed with presidents. He has held more than 400 crusades in 185 countries. He has won a Congressional Gold Medal and the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation Freedom Award, among many others. But most of all, he has lived a consistent life of single focus: that of sharing the good news of the Gospel.
Her full name, Morrow Coffey Graham. Her son’s name is Billy Graham.
If you feel your prayers will not make a difference, remember the impact of this one woman’s prayers.
(Information taken from Mothers of Influence, published by Honor Books.)