For her whole life, Lucinda Carlile, an angel, struggled to find people willing to trust and accept her - until she found her way to Music City, Tennessee, where she says she's experienced heretofore unimaginable levels of credibility.
"We all crave that affirmation," said Lucinda. "And in places like New York City and San Francisco, people barely noticed me, let alone believed in me. It's wonderful to finally feel seen."
Lucinda says that she sees her role as testing people's faith and leading them to God, and, more specifically, Jesus. "I enjoy it," she said of her vocation. "I think it helps people get back to what's really important, like trusting in things that don't seem to make a lot of sense."
In other, more secular, cities, however, she often had trouble getting through to people. And on the rare occasions that she did manage to form a connection, the person was invariably reluctant to tell anyone else about their "angel friend".
But there's no such holding back here in Nashville, says Lucinda. Here in Tennessee, she's found that people are not only willing but eager to disclose to others their personal angel relationship. "My friends here are actually proud to tell people about me," she said, her eyes misting over just a bit. "I didn't realize how much I'd been needing that."
For all of these reasons, Lucinda feels that Nashville is ideally suited to the type of work that she does. "It's open-minded and culturally conscious," she said, "but with enough of a Bible Belt foundation that people still really want what I have to offer."
And given the level of acceptance she herself has encountered in Nashville, Lucinda says she's never been happier.
"It's very clear that God led me here," she said - and then chuckled. "Well, obviously. But you get what I'm saying."