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Let mutual love continue.Hebrews 13:1

During these continued Covid-19 pandemic days as the fatigue of separation, isolation and uncertainty may be taking their toll, what would it look like to “let mutual love continue?” I am hopeful in the many ways I see Appreciation Lifting People’s Spirits (A.L.P.S.).

The late Fred Rogers, better known simply as ‘Mr. Rogers’ from his public television children’s show, is quoted as saying, “I believe that appreciation is a holy thing—that when we look for what’s best in a person…we’re doing what God does all the time. So in loving and appreciating our neighbor, we’re participating in something sacred.”

Social distancing has not stopped many creative ways of sharing appreciation—whether it be signs of appreciation outside healthcare facilities, public safety departments and grocery stores; or colorful hearts in windows; or creative chalk drawings on sidewalks; or drive-by birthday celebrations.

I live in a neighborhood with many young children and youth. The other day, the teachers and staff from one of the nearby elementary schools and one of the middle schools did a joy-filled parade of decorated cars, a school bus, a fire truck and a police vehicle. Teachers, staff and even the school mascots waved and honked horns while kids and parents came out of their houses waving and yelling joyful greetings back to them. It was as Mr. Roger’s would say, “participating in something sacred.”

During these pandemic days and once we get to the other side of this pandemic, we have wonderful opportunities to show and share appreciation that lifts people’s spirits. May we allow appreciation to be a ‘holy thing’ as we look for the best in others and as we release the best in ourselves by sharing love and appreciation for God’s people.