Billy Graham before a large audience
Billy Graham Preaching

My Hour of Decision
by Cathy Hart Harrison

On Sunday evenings, in the summer of 1951, mom turned on Dad’s bedside radio and we kids stretched out beside her on their big bed.

The voice of the excited host, Cliff Barrows came over the airwaves: “It’s time for The Hour of Decision with Evangelist Billy Graham. Stay tuned for our timely message from the Word of God. Get a blessing as our baritone soloist George Beverly Shea sings your favorite hymns!

Great hymns like The Old Rugged Cross, Blessed Assurance, Jesus is Mine, and How great Thou Art, laid the foundation for the most important decision that I, 11-year-old Catherine, would make in my entire lifetime. The evangelist’s familiar voice boomed over the airwaves. His sense of urgency impressed me as he spoke.

“Our world is filled with troubles: war, famine, floods, and earthquakes! How can we find hope for the future? Sin and wickedness abounds everywhere. We have lost our moral compass.

We have gone our own way and made a mess of our lives. The greatest spiritual need of man is forgiveness of sin. We need a transformation of the human heart.

Jesus wants to fill you with His love, peace and joy, which is why He came into the world. God proved His love on the cross where Christ hung, bled, and died. It was God saying, ‘I love you’.

God’s Word declares that Jesus Christ, the son of the living God, is ‘the way, the truth, and the life’, according to the Gospel of John.

Ask God to forgive your sins, the wrong things you have done, cleanse your heart, and make you His child. Make this your hour of decision because tomorrow may be too late!


As you hear the closing hymn, I’m going to ask you to come forward and receive Christ as your Savior.  You can receive Christ into your heart while listening to the radio wherever you are. Do it today.”

Later that same night, I could not fall asleep… Read the rest of the story.