Friday, November 11, 2011


George Beverly Shea is 102 years old. He said - Billy Graham
called me in 1947 and asked me to become a part of his team
to “sing a quiet little song before I speak.” For more than 60
years Mr. Shea was the signature soloist at Billy Graham
crusades. According to Guinness World Records he has sung
before more people than anyone else – an estimated combined
live audience of 220 million people. He has recorded more
than 70 albums. He says he sings to the glory of God. He
sings with his voice and his heart – he gives all he has in
every song he sings.
This reminds me of the widow’s mite. People walked forward
and placed large amounts of money in the offering. She only
had one coin to give – and she gave it. When Jesus looked at
her He was pleased. Mark 12:43 says – Truly I tell you,
this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the
others. I believe He must have smiled.
I wonder how Jesus feels when he hears George Beverly Shea
sing. When He hears that deep loud voice sing Just As I Am
I can see that smile on His face. Can You?


Warren Baldwin said...

Good contemporary illustration of this biblical story. I think God is gloriefed whenever we give whatever it is we have - a mite, our voice, our time - to his service. Good post.

Gorges Smythe said...

God brought together a special team when that bunch of fellows met! They've literally changed the world.

Karen Kyle Ericson said...

It just brought tears to my eyes to think of Him smiling at my work. Yes I think Jesus smiles too. I have always loved the story of the widow. I've always had enough but not a lot. He knows when we've given our all, He smiles.

Anonymous said...

Excellent Thought JT ... sometimes I am guilty of giving "left overs with an expectation as though I had given as the Widow and her mite" thankful this morning for a loving tender hearted God full of holiness and righteousness!
Happy Saturday my new friend!

jel said...

Wow, he still kicking.
he does have a very good voice.

hope all is well your way!

JT said...

Thanks for your comment Warren.

JT said...

Thanks for your comment Gorges.

JT said...

Thanks for your comment Karen.

JT said...

Thanks for your comment Rhonda.

JT said...

Thanks for your comment Jel.

Susan Marlene Kinney said...

How wonderful for person to sing for the Lord and draw people close to His heart. So many don't know that Lord and oh they miss so much!

The Old Professor said...

As usual JT has hit the nail on the head. If God didn't put the marvelous voice of Mr. Shea in his throat I can't think of any way he could have otherwise acquired it.

Starry Dawn said...

Good Morning, sweet dear friend, John (JT)!!
God bless this beautiful heart of George Beverly Shea, the singer. Your story for today truly moved my heart, and brought tears into my eyes.
I love to listen to Christian Songs,Gospel Songs and good music.
It is really amazing his age, 102. His voice sounds like an Angel from God. I am sure, our dear Lord smiles every time George sings.
Thank you, John for sharing this story with the world!!
Thank you also, for visiting my site and offering your gentle prayers for this soul of mine!!
Poet Starry is so grateful to you, especially when you visit me...
God bless you, JT, and those you love!! I am still unwell, but I visit you this day anyway.
All the best,
Poet Starry Dawn.

Carole in the UK said...

I grew up hearing the beautiful rich voice of George. Even though I wasn't a christian at the time, I knew his voice was something special, as each word, would seem to penetrate the depths of my soul.

He has been blessed with long life, how truly wonderful. So too Billy Graham, who just celebrated his 93rd birthday.

I know that Jesus smiles lovingly, as He hears George sing, knowing that He has not buried his talent or wasted it, but used if for the glory of God.

What a great start to my day, JT. I am off to listen to his rich voice again on You tube.

JT said...

Thanks for your comment Susan.

JT said...

Thanks for your comment Professor.

JT said...

Thanks for your comment Starry Dawn.

JT said...

Thanks for your comment Carole.

Sharing God's Love said...

I love hearing him sing!We have some of his C D's.

Ken said...

The woman gave all she had, yet why is it so tough to give Him just a little sometimes when He is worth so much more?

Have a happy and blessed Thanksgiving,

JT said...

Thanks for your comment Sharing God's Love. Happy Thanksgiving!

JT said...

Thanks for your comment Ken. Happy Thanksgiving!