Wear A Sweater Tomorrow 
Wednesday, March 19, 2008, 12:14 PM - Extra Christy
Tomorrow, March 20th, is Wear a Sweater day in honor of what would have been Mr. Fred Rogers' 80th birthday. I was an interim pastor in Fred Rogers boyhood church and got introduced to the wide reaching ministry of Rev. Fred Rogers. (Yes, Mr. Rogers was Rev. Rogers, a Presbyterian minister!)

One of Fred's songs was "Won't You Be My Neighbor?" where he asked the viewers to be his neighbor. The concept choosing others to be our neighbors helped us one evening with one of Jesus most difficult commands, "to love our enemies". A member recalled the Godfather Part II quote "keep your friends close, and your enemies closer". He suggested that if we brought our enemies close enough to us...they would cease being enemies and become neighbors, whom we could love.

I hope you choose to wear a sweater tomorrow in honor of Mr. Rogers. I pray that you choose to put on Fred's heart and seek to make all people your neighbor.

Love Your Neighbors

You have heard people say, "Love your neighbors and hate your enemies." But I tell you to love your enemies and pray for anyone who mistreats you. Then you will be acting like your Father in heaven. He makes the sun rise on both good and bad people. And he sends rain for the ones who do right and for the ones who do wrong. If you love only those people who love you, will God reward you for that? Even tax collectors love their friends. If you greet only your friends, what's so great about that? Don't even unbelievers do that? But you must always act like your Father in heaven. -- Genesis 5:43-48 (CEV)

Fred Rogers gave a moving testimony to the Senate in 1969 that is just as important today as it was then. It is on YouTube It may be the best seven minutes you hear today.

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Won't You Be My Neighbor?

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