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Kaitlyn is a Virtual Assistant, book launch manager, and storyteller who writes about discovering God's goodness in the ordinary and faithfulness in the difficult. She loves good books, deep conversations, and iced vanilla lattes. Kaitlyn is the author of Even If Not: Living, Loving, and Learning in the in Between.

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  1. Kaitlyn,
    I’m a Pittsburgh gal (where Mister Rogers is from) and I grew up watching his show. I was a faithful viewer for the very reasons you mentioned. He spoke love and acceptance into the hearts of children who watched. I learned the lesson that Daniel the Tiger learned….that I am not a mistake. The fact that I wear my heart on my sleeve, cry at the end of a lot of movies, and am the poster gal for “sensitive” is not wrong. It’s just how God made me and there is plenty of room for all of us. The more I risk being vulnerable and share some of the sometimes quirky, sometimes dark inner workings of my mind, the more I find that people breathe a sigh of relief and say, “You too?” As neighbors, we are alike in many ways. Let’s drop the masks and invite each other into our worlds and reach out to their worlds and ask, “Won’t you be my neighbor?” Let’s sing into each other’s lives. Love that man and loved this post!
    Blessings,
    Bev xx

  2. I still get a lump in my throat when I hear the Mr. Rogers songs. And I will confess that I watched his show much longer than I would have been comfortable for my friends to have known, because that gentle voice of acceptance and sweet reasonableness was such a gift to me for that time. Sometimes we forget that the gospel itself is an open door of welcome and acceptance in which God has said to all humanity, “Won’t you be my neighbor?”

  3. Kaitlyn,

    This world has us thinking we should act & look a certain way. People tend to laugh at us if we’re not in with the popular crowd or doing what everyone is doing. God’s philosophy turns all that upside down. He says you were made in my image. Don’t believe those lies of the evil one. You are my beautiful creation & I don’t make mistakes. People need to hear & know that they are loved no matter what. A few weeks ago I went over to my neighbor’s house & took them some food. She just lost her last living son. The only family she has left is one 20 something granddaughter & a sister in a nursing home. I sat with them & listened to them. Let her cry & nicely told her I’m here for her if she needs anything. Like Bev said above we need to remove the masks of pretending & just be ourselves. The way God made us. Loved this post!

    Blessings 🙂

  4. This is so beautifully shared Kaitlyn. I haven’t yet had the privilege to see this documentary it but I will one day. This is timely for me as I’m in a season of thinking of and being thankful for the people God has placed in my life to sing my song back to me when I forget it, who speak my truth back to me when I struggle with lies, who propel me forward when I fall back into doubt and discouragement. When we love our neighbors and become neighbors who love, what a glorious life – one God knew we would need. Blessings, Kristin

  5. This is so beautifully shared Kaitlyn. I haven’t yet had the privilege to see this documentary it but I will one day. This is timely for me as I’m in a season of thinking of and being thankful for the people God has placed in my life to sing my song back to me when I forget it, who speak my truth back to me when I struggle with lies, who propel me forward when I fall back into doubt and discouragement. When we love our neighbors and become neighbors who love, what a glorious life – one God knew we would need. Blessings, Kristin

  6. Oh, tears! That was beautiful and truly the reminder my heart needed. Thank you, Kaitlyn.❤

  7. A friend and I saw this movie, and since then I have been recommending to everyone I know. Loved how you wrote about how we need someone to sing new words to our song.

  8. I haven’t see the documentary yet, but this post makes me want to even more! How much impact one life can have when a person purposes to listen, speak truth, be kind. Wish I could give you (and Mr. Rogers) a neighborly hug today. xx

    • If I respectfully may, Becky… there are some books “out there” authored/co-authored by Mr. Rogers (the titles escape my mind at this time). Research them out – they are insightful and inspiring. They don’t get dusty in my personal library! Oh yeah… I haven’t seen the ‘screen version’ yet, as well – you bet I’ll get the DVD! Blessings galore…

      p.s. Mr. Rogers always complimentary- closed his correspondence with the blessing “Grace” (in the Greek rendering!).

  9. Peace with God is peace of heart… Mr. Rogers lived and conveyed this truism – which everybody longs for. Thank you, and God richly bless you, for sharing, for reminding,… Shalom!

  10. I have no idea why tears are streaming down my face as I read your words today. Something deep must have occurred. Thank you for writing these beautiful words today. They spoke to my soul.
    (I did see the movie and loved every moment)

    • Melinda, I’m sitting at Starbucks responding to comments — and wish you could be right here, sitting across the table from me. I bet we’d have a lot to talk about. Thank you for reading and commenting! <3