It's no secret that U2 frontman Bono is a Bible-believing Christian — but what some might not know is that the musician is friends with famed evangelist Billy Graham.
And another fun fact: the rocker once wrote the Christian leader a heartfelt poem that is now on display in the Billy Graham Library in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Bono delivered the handwritten poem to the faith leader after visiting Graham and his family at their home back in 2002. In it, the singer said he would "never forget" the preacher's sermons, which he said helped bring meaning to his life.
See an image of the poem below:
The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association
And here's the full text:
The journey from Father to friend
is all paternal loves end
It was sung in my teenage ears
In the voice of a preacher
loudly soft on my tears
I would never forget this
Or its lyric voice that gave my life
a meaning that wasn’t there before
a child born in dung and straw
wish the Father’s love and desire to explain
how we might get on with each other again…
To the Rev Billy Graham (that preacher)
Ruth and all the Graham family
From Bono (March 11 2002)
With much love and respect
In 2011, Sojourners writer Cathleen Falsani described speaking with Bono in 2005 about his friendship with and respect for Graham, which began in 2002 when the singer visited the family.
He recalled receiving a message that the evangelist wanted to offer up a blessing to U2 members — something Bono described at the time as "a big deal."
"So I rented a plane and flew there right away in case he might forget. I was picked up by his son, Franklin, and driven a couple of hours up to their house," Bono told Falsani. "I met briefly with himself and his wife, Ruth. I think I’ve mentioned to you before that the blessings of an older man mean a great deal to me. Particularly this man."
The singer gave Graham a book of poetry, writing his own poem on a piece of paper and placing it inside of it.
These proclamations of faith aren't entirely surprising, as Bono has generally been an open book about his views on God and the Bible. In a 2013 interview with Focus on the Family, for instance, he described his strong stance on Christian scripture.
FILE - In this Jan. 12, 2014 file photo, The Edge, left, and Bono, of musical group U2, arrive at the 71st annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP, File)
“Jesus isn’t lettin’ you off the hook. The Scriptures don’t let you off the hook so easily,” Bono said. “When people say, you know, ‘Good teacher,’ ‘prophet,’ ‘really nice guy’ … this is not how Jesus thought of himself."
He added, "I believe that Jesus was, you know, the Son of God. And I understand that … we need to be really, really respectful to people who find that ridiculous and … preposterous."
(H/T: Huffington Post)