At an early age, we are told not to look. We are taught it is impolite to stare. And so, a dangerous consequence is born.
When we don’t look at our homeless, they are not seen. To be unseen is to become invisible. When you are invisible, how can you hope? When you have no hope, how can you believe in your future?
When a community sees its homeless, when we open our eyes and show our care, when we construct a home for a family to seek shelter in, possibility blooms. Faith grows.
Faith is a risk, belief requires courage, courage comes from example. When good happens once, we can believe good will happen again. When someone cares, we know we are seen, we know that we matter, and that it is safe to have hope. When we have hope, we can foster dreams for our future.
A home is build one nail at a time. 100% of this author’s earnings from release week sales of Crowning Glory (May 20 – May 27, 2013) will be donated to Habitat for Humanity.
Believer in fairy tales, admirer of art, Glory shared these pleasures with her grandchildren. The downtown art gallery, with its angular peaks and pitched roof, had become their sanctuary, an imagined castle where they’d once daydreamed away many lazy afternoons.
Life is different now. Glory’s cart is stolen while she sleeps. Teetering on a tightrope between reality and fantasy, Glory has nothing left to lose. She retreats to the gallery for refuge, triggering a memory too terrible to contemplate.
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