A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

You are the light of the world ... your light must shine in the sight of men

Matthew 5:14,16
Isaiah 58:7-10; Psalm 112:4-9; I Corinthians 2:1-5; Matthew 5:13-16

This year, we are reminded of the much-beloved children’s television personality, Mr. Rogers, in the new movie, “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood.” Starring Tom Hanks, (who some would say is equally beloved), the film offers a powerful message of acceptance and understanding. The hit movie was inspired by a magazine interview conducted more than twenty years ago by journalist Tom Junod who continued to correspond with the television icon until his death in 2003. In a recent article spurred by the new film, that same journalist tells us that no matter the audience — from CEOs, doctors, celebrities, students, educators, and everyone else, Fred Rogers’ message was always the same: “You were a child once too.” He said Mr. Rogers “wanted us to remember what it was like to be a child so that he can talk to us; he wanted to talk to us so that we could remember what it was like to be a child. And he could talk to anyone,…

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