Rhymes & Reasons
A Shepherd in Sneakers
by Greg Asimakoupoulos
Posted: November 23, 2019
Celebrating Fred Rogers
The world was Wesley's parish.
A neighborhood would be yours.
And for forty years you've welcomed us
from your make-believe front door.
You don't wear the usual vestments
(a collar and a cross).
A cardigan and sneakers
serve your pastoral purposes.
The songs you write are "sacred."
They celebrate the worth
that God has given every child
by nature of their birth.
Your puppet scripts are sermons
in which you share "good news"
to encourage those who trust you,
the neglected and abused.
Mister Rogers, you're a pastor.
A shepherd? Yes, indeed!
With gentleness, meekness and mercy,
you carry the lambs that you lead.
*This tribute was sent to Fred Rogers in 1997. He replied to the poet with gratitude in a handwritten note.
Greg's tribute to Fred Rogers coincides with the release of the movie about him. See Rusty Wright's.
Greg Asimakoupoulos (pronounced AWESOME-uh-COPE-uh-less) is an ordained minister, published author and a freelance news reporter with the Salem Radio Network. Greg maintains a weekly column called Rhymes and Reasons on The Partial Observer, which he graciously provides to SeniorLifestyle.
Greg's writings have now been assembled in book form. Find out more.
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