Sacred Place

Thanks to dear friends, Suzy and I went to a Kruger Brothers concert Saturday night. For those of you not familiar with the Kruger Brothers here is a link to their website. They are fantastic. Equally as fascinating is their story. They were born and raised in Switzerland, but ultimately moved to North Carolina. They followed the music. I was taken aback when they began to talk about North Carolina’s mountains as being their home and a “sacred place.”

Their words and music reflect a deep and abiding love for a sense of place and home and caused me to think about my own life. As a child my family moved a lot because of the Korean war and my father’s work, but I felt “home” when I returned to my birth home, Little Rock, in high school. Once there, I never thought I would live any other place in my life than Arkansas, and for the longest time that was the case. Arkansas still is a sacred place to me, but circumstances have changed where I now live.

Over the last ten years, North Carolina has become a sacred to me. The mountains, the beaches, and Charlotte are now home, and I am fortunate to call two states sacred. Which causes me to think that whether a place becomes sacred or not depends on me. When I lived in Cumberland, MD. I was able to find a few sacred spots.

During Lent I need to spend a little more thought about my sense of place and making wherever I am at the moment “sacred.” Whether I find myself in great places such as Arkansas or North Carolina or not, I need to work at finding the sacred wherever I am. Where is your “sacred place?”

About the author

Webb Hubbell is the former Associate Attorney General of The United States. 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. His latest, “Light of Day” will be on the bookstands soon.

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