A trusted friend I have never met
I have just finished reading Eugene Peterson's The Pastor: A Memoir and have a full yet sad feeling. Peterson has become to me a trusted friend yet I have never met him. I feel like I know him and I feel like he knows me. Regardless of what I read from him, his life and calling as a pastor brings such comfort to me as a pastor. I feel like someone has gone before me on the path of life and then they pause to rest and I am there to hear stories of their journey. He is patient to listen to me, not judge and give encouragement as one who is a fellow journeyman. Peterson's The Pastor: A Memoir, has provided me a context to understand my calling as a pastor. I am not defined by the modern business model of what a pastor is. It is refreshing to be mentored by a pastor who sees his role as a shepherd of souls.