09/26/1997 AT 12:00 AM EDT
The Rev. Billy Graham, 82, returned to his home in the Blue Ridge Mountains on Wednesday, after spending nearly three weeks at North Carolina's Mission St. Joseph's Health System because of fluid buildup on his brain, reports the Associated Press. Under doctor's orders, he is to rest. "I'm very grateful for all the prayers and messages of support that have come to Ruth and me," Graham, referring to his wife, said in a statement.