And on the eighth day, God looked down on His planned paradise and said, “I need a television show to unite humanity.”

So God made This Is Us.

God said, “I need a show that will make America GRACE again. A series willing to emulate what I had in mind when I created people for relationship: loving kindness, compassion, acceptance, delight, connection.”

So God made This Is Us.

“I need a script willing to tackle the real and raw of everyday life. Writers who embrace a spirit of vulnerability and have the courage to press deep into the joys, sorrows, dreams, and defeats that make up the human experience. Episodes that exemplify the blessings and rewards of doing life together, especially during the tough stuff.”

So God made This Is Us

God said, “I need a pretend family who endures tremendous pain and suffering and finds a way to persevere. Because there are real families and real people dealing with death, abandonment, rejection, addiction, loss, mental illness who are in desperate need of hope and healing. People longing to feel seen and heard, understood and affirmed. I need a show that is very mindful of depicting the power of love working in these scenarios through compassion, mercy, humility, inclusion, and sacrifice.”

So God made This Is Us.

God had to have actors willing to embody tender emotions, feelings of distress, and outbursts of joy with authenticity so real people would feel encouraged to cast off the masks and allow themselves to be human and feel, even when everyone is looking. Especially male actors who aren’t afraid to wear their hearts on their sleeves.

So God made This Is Us.

God said, “I need a show that makes America laugh, cry, celebrate, and mourn with characters they grow to love and want the best for as if the actors are part of their family tree. Because the truth is, all of my children do share divine DNA. I’ve been forever trying to explain the interconnectedness of humanity. How what one person does to another affects the whole, and why choosing to love lifts up and heals the universal soul.

“I need a show that demonstrates the value of family and the importance of accepting others as perfectly imperfect. A show that reminds Americans not to take their loved ones for granted and to be grateful for the now because life is unpredictable, and nothing is guaranteed. I need a show that cracks open the heart of America to the transformative power of listening to others, setting a bigger table, admitting wrongs, offering forgiveness—all examples of being love and extending grace. Amazing grace.”

So God made This Is Us.

Shelby Spear

A self-described sappy soul whisperer, sarcasm aficionado, and love enthusiast, Shelby is a mom of 3 Millennials writing about motherhood and life from her empty nest. She is the co-author of the book, How Are You Feeling, Momma? (You don't need to say, "I'm fine.") , and you can find her stories in print at Guideposts, around the web at sites like Scary Mommy, Her View From Home, For Every Mom and on her blog shelbyspear.com.