LETTER: Prayer was not Billy Graham’s

Nov. 14, 2013 @ 04:56 AM

To the Editor:

The prayer quoted by Joe Purce in Saturday’s (11/09/2013) letter to the editor was incorrectly attributed to Billy Graham. It is a good prayer, and he may approve of it, but it was not his work. This is one of those things circulating the Internet that never seems to stop.

The prayer was originally given at the governor’s prayer breakfast in Frankfort, Ky., in 1995 by Bob Russell. Then it was modified by the Rev Joe Wright and given as the opening prayer for the Kansas House of Representatives in January, 1996. It created a big stir there among the liberal legislators. Then it was picked up on the Internet and attributed to Paul Harvey — and then Billy Graham. See http://www.snopes.com/politics/soapbox/prayernation.asp

G.W. Godfrey

Lee County