Living As Children of Light

“As volunteers gather at a build site, morning’s earliest rays slant across yesterday’s accomplishments, pointing now toward today’s tasks.

A sunbeam streams through the window of a house, brightening the renovations that will help revitalize the surrounding neighborhood.

The dust of busy construction dances in the blaze of a bright afternoon, as families build their way to a brighter future.

Habitat for Humanity’s work is a prism that cast a vision of a better world. The work of Habitat partner families, volunteers and supporters builds cities on hills, the kind that cannot be hidden. The work illuminates communities with beacons of partnership, cooperation and hope –  a reflection of who we are when we come together, a refraction that reveals a different path for us to travel together.

Of all the light surrounding Habitat’s efforts around the world, however, the truest light of all is in a homeowner’s eyes as they look at what they have helped build-and in the eyes of their children as they step into a room that will be the first they can call their own. It’s a look that conjures St. Augustine’s celebration of the ‘ illimitable abundance and marvelous loveliness of light’, an abundance and light that will only continue to grow as they do.

And, with your help, as Habitat does, too.”

This article in Habitat World magazine really captures what it is like to watch a homeowner experience their home for the first time. It is an honor to watch them laugh and cry; to stare in amazement at all the they have accomplished with God’s good grace and Habitat’s help. I feel privileged to be apart of an organization that can turn people’s most cherished dreams into reality.

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