The overnight snow has given a white blanket to our neighbourhoods. It is a beautiful day in the neighbourhood…
Do those words remind you of Mr. Rogers? Can you hear him singing?
Mr. Rogers believed in the beauty of the neighbourhood and how we needed to pay attention to everyone around us.
When ‘Mr. Rogers’ was accepting the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 1997 Emmys he made a very specific suggestion. Here is part of his speech from that evening:
“Thank you. Thank you. Oh it’s a beautiful night in this neighborhood. So many people have helped me to come to this night. Some of you are here, some are far away, some are even in Heaven.
All of us have special ones who have loved us into being. Would you just take, along with me, ten seconds to think of the people who have helped you become who you are. Those who have cared about you and wanted what was best for you in life. Ten seconds of silence. I’ll watch the time.
[10 Sec Pause]
Whomever you’ve been thinking about, how pleased they must be to know the difference you feel they’ve made.”
Ten seconds of gratitude.
Ten seconds of awareness that no one is self-made. We have been nurtured and shaped by many people. We are an embodied history of relationships and love.
And we are each a precious child of God.
Thanks be to God.
Once a week, we invite you to a ZOOM visit with some of the people in our beautiful church neighbourhood.
This week, you are invited to that ZOOM, and also to a ZOOM on Friday, October 23 at 1:30 as we talk about Christmas Hampers and what COVID and the changes at the Christmas Cheer Board mean for us.
Everyone is welcome to join our weekly check-in and chat, Thursdays at 9 a.m. (The Friday ZOOM uses the same link).
Here is the link to the TMUC ZOOM:
Join Zoom Meeting – All are welcome!
We look forward to seeing you again.
Carol and Jeff