Billy Graham's daughter opens up about father's health

Billy Graham's daughter opens up about father's health

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MONTREAT, NC (CNN via WSOC) - One of the world's most well known Christian Evangelists, Billy Graham turned 95 last month and since then his family and his doctors have worked around the clock keeping an eye on his health.

One of Graham's five kids, his daughter, Ruth, talks about how her father provided her with inspiration for her own ministry.

Ruth Graham has published several books and is working on her tenth one focusing on forgiveness, a topic she learned from her father.

He's comfortable, and he seems to be at peace," Ruth Graham said.

She says she cherishes every single minute she can spend with her father Reverend Billy Graham.

"It was a last-minute trip just to check on daddy, and to be here and see him and talk with him," Ruth said.

She made the 6-hour drive from her home in Virginia over the weekend to Montreat, NC to get some one-on-one time with her father, who recently turned 95, and has been in and out of the hospital.

She said he was alert and happy, "I told him who I was, and I told him that I loved him and he said he loved me, and he indicated that he was uncomfortable so I said 'Daddy are you in pain? Does it bother you to hold my hand’, and he said, "Wonderful." You know so he likes holding my hand. He likes people to hold his hand….His vital signs are very good, he's very strong, but his body is just wearing out, you know, it's a lot of miles on that body!"

As the third of Graham's five children, she says they're all blessed to have seen their father travel the world helping millions in their faith.

"Daddy had been friends with lots of presidents," Ruth said.

She remembers him as a "softie" at heart who loved spending time with his children.

"He wasn't the disciplinarian in the family. He just loved us, and he loved to play with us, when he was relaxed and he was rested - otherwise it was hard for him," Ruth recounted.

Ruth says because of her father's lessons on love and acceptance, she was able to get through some major struggles in life - including three failed marriages.

At lowest point, after her second divorce, she remembers coming home.

"As I got out of the car, he wrapped his arms around me, and he said, 'welcome home.' There was no condemnation, there was no blaming, there was no judging. There was just unconditional love," Ruth recalled.

That love helped her as she started her own ministry. She also has a blog where she shares her stories and has written nine books, including a best seller.

Now, she's starting a business venture to support her ministry. But, as busy as she is now she's still making time to see the man who means so much to so many.

"My father really taught me about God's grace. So I'm grateful for that, but I dread the day when he won't be here, I've never been in a world without my father," Ruth said.

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