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Title: Fred Rogers
Date: October 22, 2013
Fred Rogers, of Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood, said in a TV interview that the space between a viewer’s television and the viewer is holy.* He also said that most people want to know that somebody loves them, and that there is somebody to love. Love was the basis of his children’s program. Reverend Fred Rogers was a devotee of the Teacher of love.**
Every child needs to feel loved. Love is a feeling, and so much more than a feeling, especially to a child. Loving means caring for, and caring about, a child’s well-being. Love means action. It means meals, hugs, kisses, reading at night, baths, arguments, guidance, scolding, teaching, and the ten thousand other things parents do.
If the space between the viewer and the TV is holy, then even more so is the space between a parent and a child. That holy space begs to be filled with the acts of love.
The world can be a scary place for a child without love. Children understand that they need to be loved, even if they cannot say it. A child lacking love may be a life lost; lonely and afraid. Love the children.
Let’s Pray: Dear God, we long to love, to give love, and to gather love. You made us this way. We need to feel loved not just by You, as good as that is, but by human beings, and we desire to give our love away. We need to live love in action by giving love away. Help us give our love away. Amen.
Today’s Thought Is: Love is patient, love is kind.*** Love your child.
* I heard Fred Rogers say these words on a TV program about his life. The closet we could come is a similarly written quote can be found in: “Pianist's son remembers relationship with Rogers, By Liz Hayes, VALLEY NEWS DISPATCH
Friday, February 28, 2003” http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/s_121030.html
** Hollingsworth, Amy. The Simple Faith of Mister Rogers. Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publisher, 2005.
***1 Corinthians 13:4 NIV
“Fred McFeely Rogers (March 20, 1928 – February 27, 2003) was an American educator, Presbyterian minister, songwriter, author, and television host.” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fred_McFeely_Rogers