In Memory of Those Who Serve: A Poem by Ruth Bell Graham

By Ruth Bell Graham   •   May 22, 2024   •   Topics:

This Memorial Day, we honor all those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice for our nation.

As you remember loved ones who lost their lives in service, let this poem by Ruth Bell Graham, written during World War II, remind you that for those who know Christ, “though he die, yet shall he live” (John 11:25, ESV).


The sin-scarred
brush his white,
white robes;
the wounded
His feet
the dying
His name in prayer,
wondering sweetly
to find Him
where hell
and the sinner meet.

He took of His grace,
His infinite grace,
And soldiers wondered
to find a trace
of tears
in the grime
on a dead man’s face.
“The going
must’ve been tough,”
they said,
not knowing
that death
for a man,
forgiven by God,
is easy going.

—Ruth Bell Graham, “Clouds Are the Dust of His Feet”