Mr. Rogers recognized the power of liturgy: the power of rhythms and routines.
We never want to pretend that there are easy solutions to the hard emotions that we feel — or the tragic circumstances that we face — but if we can talk about how we feel, it opens us up to the power of empathy — and to the path of healing.
Like a tree that’s been transplanted, we need to give our roots time to find the nourishment that we need. It requires slowing down.
Fred Rogers thought of what he did as a ministry.
Throughout our lives, and in every aspect of our lives, we have this opportunity to create something new — what Jesus called New Creation.
When we stand there at a fork in the road, sometimes we are scared that if we make the wrong decision, everything else will fall apart. And, whatever decision we make—either way—God goes with us.
As we pray — thinking about our longings and our losses — we quickly discover that our words do reach their limit.
If we were to reflect on how we talk about God, do we use words that inadvertently limit God’s forgiveness?
Our vocation includes all that we do. It is our calling—our purpose. It is clarified by the practice of Sabbath, and it is shaped by God’s Goodness and Grace that is found at the center of Creation.
One place that helps us practice Story — or Testimony — is the Church, leaning into the Church’s story.