Louisiana State Penitentiary- A big decision was made in 2006. Billy Graham, a man who needs no introduction, decided that his casket would be made from pine, and built by an inmate. It was a cheap build too, about $200.
For a man who has spent his life reaching out to the lost, it just makes sense.
Billy and Ruth’s son had finished visiting the Louisiana State Penitentiary back in 2006. In a simple carpenters shop, Billy’s son had the idea for both of his parents to be buried in a cheap coffin built by senior carpenter, Richard Liggett, a man who has served over 35 years. It was lined with a prison mattress, stained and given a wooden cross that was tacked on top of the casket.
If your legacy is to follow God and be used by Him to reach the lost, why not continue to do so, even after your death? This may be the only hope left for people imprisoned around the world. They may not have a second chance at a life beyond prison walls. Whether incarcerated in a cell or by sin, Jesus can save anyone. If you can name it, He can nail it. This becomes their hope. This becomes our hope. Sounds like a Johnny Cash song.
Not only have inmates from Louisiana State Penitentiary known this since 2006, but the rest of the world can read it now and know that Jesus’ reach is limitless. A great and tangible example of humility.
There is hope in Jesus, for all.