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Fred Rogers: Good Neighbor, Goodbye

Fred Rogers died this morning. He was an ordained Presbyterian minister who got his seminary degree on his lunch hours in the '50s; considered his work in television as 'sacred ground' and saw this work as his ministy and lived out the meaning of 'one little word':

For many years, he and his wife visited one of his favorite seminary professors in a nursing home every Sunday afternoon. They would sing, talk, read scripture, and pray. One Sunday, the Rogers sang "A Mighty Fortress Is Our God," which included these words:

And though this world, with demons filled,
Should threaten to undo us,
We will not fear, for God has willed
His truth to triumph through us.
The prince of darkness grim,
We tremble not for him,
His rage we can endure,
For, lo, his doom is sure:
One little word shall fell him.

When they finished the song, Mr. Rogers asked of his old prof, "Dr. Orr, when it says one little word will fell him, what is that word?" Great question. What word has the power to bring down the prince of darkness?

Dr. Orr replied, "Evil simply disintegrates in the presence of forgiveness."

Fred Rogers believed that Christian principles were 'caught, not taught' and he lived out forgiveness, acceptance and the power of God's love in his 47 years of television. I am grateful to him for being a Christian peacemaker who presented the 'good news' in a gentle voice for so long. You have fought the good fight, Mr. Rogers. Rest in peace.

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Comments

Amen.

As a child, Mr. Rogers drove me nuts.
As an adult, I honor and revere him.

Thanks for this! he was one of my favorites.

I loved him as a child, and have enjoyed sharing his show with my son who also loved him dearly. He will be sorely missed.

There never was and never will be again a person on tv that didn't say anything but good about people. Unfortunately people didn't take him at face value as they should have. We will miss him as one of the great Christians in our world, who didn't force his belief on others, but just lived it.

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