The news broke on my way this morning. I could have more to say, but I doubt I'll be able to add much to what will be said. It's enough to point out that even in my deepest, darkest days as a proud liberal agnostic, I admired the man, as did most fellow students and peers I knew.
It was a different age, and the world has moved on from a time where Graham would be able to have such a ministry today. But he was there when the world needed him. I once was asked why I admired him in those crazy, hazy days of televangelist scandals. Because I felt he believed what he said. Even then, I found that to be a good quality. Even if I didn't believe it, he did, and that made an impression on me. In some ways, he was that rope that kept me tied to God in a popular culture casting itself adrift from all Gospel moorings. And for that, I'll always be grateful.
He will be missed, as he already has been.
Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord. And let the perpetual light shine upon him.