Holy Ground

From now on wherever you are and wherever you go, all of the ground between us will be holy ground. — Henri Nouwen.

I love the writing of Henri Nouwen. Lowell Grisham shared the above quote just the other day. It was new to me, but it struck a chord.

Since Covid I try to walk just about every day admiring the trees, foliage, and greeting my neighbors, but I have failed to admire or consider sacred the ground I walk. My bad. An earthquake shook the ground this weekend in North Carolina and it caused me to remember that my California friends have told me that an earthquake will make you more appreciative of solid ground.

I know I am playing fast and loose with Nouwen’s words and giving them a different meaning than Nouwen intended, but the earth is an amazing place. I need to remember to thank God not just for blue skies and fresh air, but for the solid ground and footing on which he plants us all.

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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