After reading the book, which highlights mr. rogers' focus on things like slowing down, silence, being honest, the importance of sharing your feelings, and viewing every person as your neighbor, among others, i was really moved. it never occured to me that everytime fred rogers was singing to me about being his neighbor, he was teaching a lesson that a guy named jesus taught when he told the story of the good samaritan: everyone is your neighbor, especially those in need.
i have always loved mr. rogers, but never really reflected on what was so different about his show. having read this book, i see now what was happening was an offering of hope and Good News to children. it wasn't about sending money to a preacher. it wasn't about asking kids to make a decision between heaven and hell. it didn't even mention jesus, as far as i know. but it turns out that it was some of the best television ever, in terms of sharing the Gospel.
are there any other mr. rogers thoughts/memories/stories out there?