If icons could speak, those in this room called me to sit quietly. To kneel in prayer. To become immersed in the presence of the Holy Spirit.
And so I did, right here in St. Francis Episcopal Church in downtown Rutherfordton, North Carolina.
Then, when the time came to write about Ashlynne Rothschild's first steps into the church she would visit while living in "Testament" (The Road to Testament Abingdon Press, 2013), I wrote:
I inhaled deeply. The scent of lit candles and polished wood rushed my senses. This was … lovely. Reverent and sacred.
But this was only the inside of the church ... the outside of the fictitious church, her history and the cemetery beyond ... that came from another location in Rutherford County ...