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How Christian Artist Michael W. Smith Honored Billy Graham at the Capitol Rotunda


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Christian music artist Michael W. Smith was among those who paid their respects to the late Rev. Billy Graham, Wednesday, in Washington, DC.

Smith was asked to sing "Just As I Am" during the service in the Capitol Hill Rotunda, a moment the singer said he had "no words to fully describe."

He later posted a picture standing with his wife at Graham's casket. 



Here with Debbie. A day that we will never forget!

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When Smith first heard the news that Billy Graham had passed away, he paid tribute to the man he called a "friend, mentor, counselor, hero, leader, example, pastor," on his Facebook page.

"He was so many things to me – making the impact of his passing such a deep hurt. At the same time – I know Billy would be questioning why we grieve. Because he is now in paradise. He is face to face with the Jesus he so loved and served so well," Smith wrote.


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Caitlin Burke serves as National Security Correspondent and a general assignment reporter for CBN News. She has also hosted the CBN News original podcast, The Daily Rundown. Some of Caitlin’s recent stories have focused on the national security threat posed by China, America’s military strength, and vulnerabilities in the U.S. power grid. She joined CBN News in July 2010, and over the course of her career, she has had the opportunity to cover stories both domestically and abroad. Caitlin began her news career working as a production assistant in Richmond, Virginia, for the NBC affiliate WWBT