Letters to Tom — Stars

Dear Tom,

The other night I found my staring at the stars. It’s one of the benefits of moving out of DC, you can see the sky. When I was a little boy, I marveled at the stars and the mysteries they must contain. That sense of wonder has never gone away. It has to do with something I know is out there, and it touches a place within me. I feel I’m part of something so much bigger. Reality is offering a gift, but I’m not sure how to respond.

When my mind wanders to the universe, my ordinary concerns, fears, and worries are quieted. The catalyst comes from the outside: the stars, the moon, the ocean, or the mysteries found by looking into a microscope. But the experience is on the inside. What I see awakens a joy within me, as if this wonder is what I really am, rather than my day-to-day self. In those moments I realize that everything my inner self wants – safety, security, happiness, the ability to give and receive love – is granted by this great thing outside me. It is not of mine own making. The gift comes from God, and anyone can have it.

Your friend, Webb

About the author

Webb Hubbell, former Associate Attorney General of The United States, is an author and speaker. His novels, When Men Betray, Ginger Snaps, A Game of Inches, The Eighteenth Green, and The East End are published by Beaufort Books and are available online or at your local bookstore. When Men Betray won one of the IndieFab awards for best novel in 2014. Ginger Snaps and The Eighteenth Green won the IPPY Awards Gold Medal for best suspense/thriller.

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