Thankful For My Spiritual Heroes

I have many spiritual heroes in my life. People who I could look at and follow them "as they followed Christ." My Dad and Mom are of course high on the list, but there are others as well. This morning I just read the sad news that one of my heroes is now on hospice care. Eugene Peterson re-translated the entire bible in his work The Message, and also wrote countless books to all believers. But Eugene had a special place in his heart for pastors. He challenged us, and encouraged us, and loved us in his writings. I am deeply grateful to God for everything he wrote to help pastor me, as I tried to pastor others. May God grant Eugene a smooth, and peaceful passing from this life into the next. May his "long obedience in the same direction" finish with triumph. May my life in turn inspire, challenge, and encourage others as his life has inspired me!