On this day 2018, Eugene Peterson, translator of The Message Bible, passed from this life to the next. In a public Service Eugene’s long life was celebrated at First Presbyterian Church of Kalispell.
There were many poignant moments…so many treasures worth reflecting on. One favourite was when Eugene’s son, Leif, talked about his father’s one message; this one core truth, which Peterson taught again and again to both his children and to his congregation:
God loves you. God is on your side. God is coming after you. God is relentless.
Eugene’s other son, Eric, offered an amazing homily entitled Containers, while Pastor Andy Wendle reminded us of one of Eugene’s favorite texts, John 1: 14…
The Word became flesh and blood, and moved into the neighborhood. We saw the glory with our own eyes, the one-of-a-kind glory, like Father, like Son. Generous inside and out true from start to finish.