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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 casts 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.

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Habitat for Humanity’s work is a prism that casts a vision of a better world. The work of Habitat partner families, volunteers and supporters illuminates communities with beacons of partnership, cooperation and hope. It’s a reflection of who we are when we come together, a refraction that reveals a different path.

Of all the light surrounding Habitat’s efforts around the world, the truest is in a homeowner’s eyes and in the eyes of their children as they step into a room that 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.

Photo by Ezra Millstein

Photo by Ezra Millstein

Faith is the bird that feels the light when the dawn is still dark. —Rabindranath Tagore

Photo by Ezra Millstein

Photo by Steffan Hacker

The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. —John 1:5

Photo by Steffan Hacker

Photos by Ezra Millstein

Light gives of itself freely, filling all available space. It does not seek anything in return; it asks not whether you are friend or foe. It gives of itself and is not thereby diminished. —Michael Strassfeld

Photo by Ezra Millstein

Photo by Steffan Hacker

You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. —Matthew 5:14

Every action that you take in support of Habitat brightens a family’s future. Help create more light in your community and around the world by volunteering, advocating and donating. Discover all of the ways that you can get involved at habitat.org/getinv.

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