A Symphony of Hammers

There is a Habitat for Humanity Blitz today and the hubby is doing what he loves best: helping others and making sawdust.

The hubby at the Habitat Blitz

The hubby at the Habitat Blitz

The two local Christian universities are not in session yet, so the hubby was worried about having enough volunteers.  There were plenty, and he was pleased.

A blitz is a big operation.  Today, volunteers will raise the walls and put the roof on a four bedroom house for a family with five kids.  Their old house burned down.  The new one is being built on the same site.

Looking at the blitz from the street

Looking at the blitz from the street

Habitat is a Christian organization, and one of the things that is pretty cool about Habitat houses is that people write blessings on the frame of the house as they work.    If this were my house, I’d feel pretty good knowing that people were praying for me as my house went up.  Can you see what it says over this door?

Good wishes written on front door frame on Habitat house

Good wishes written on front door frame on Habitat house

Two of the family’s boys are still in elementary school, but they have been out at the site helping carry things.  The family that receives the house has to put in five hundred hours of their own labor.  That helps them take ownership of the house in their hearts even before they move in.

The temperature is in the high eighties in Indiana today, so you can imagine how these volunteers will feel physically at the end of the day .  I have watched it with the hubby, though, and I know the spiritual satisfaction of helping others makes up for the physical exhaustion.

God hears the prayers of His saints, and I think that today He hears them in the sound of every nail that’s hammered in and of every direction being given and carried out.  I think He sees them in every drop of sweat that falls from a volunteer and in the hands that distribute drinks and food.  I think God knows what a labor of love a Habitat Blitz is.  He knows everything that happens on that site today and in the days that follow is done as unto Him.   A symphony is something characterized by a harmonious combination of elements.  If you watched a blitz as it happened, you would know that the harmony was played especially for the Father.

“…whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.”

–Matthew 25:40b

11 Responses to “A Symphony of Hammers”

  1. 2 Charlotte August 8, 2009 at 5:50 pm

    Micey is right. Awesome! I didn’t know much about Habitat for Humanity though I’ve heard about it for years. I’m glad you shared this with us. I can imagine how this kind of thing impacts the kids in the family. It’s something they will never forget.

  2. 3 Anne August 8, 2009 at 6:59 pm

    Habitat is one of my favorite organizations. I loved reading this post. God bless you all for this great work.


  3. 4 rcubes August 8, 2009 at 8:33 pm

    What an amazing thing to do for the Lord. And the family receiving the house and being involved in the making process makes it more special. God is good! God bless.

  4. 5 Lisa August 8, 2009 at 9:52 pm

    What a wonderful endeavor! What an awesome blessing for these families!

  5. 6 hip chick August 9, 2009 at 3:45 am

    Wow! What a fantastic group of Christians. How wonderful to know that all those people prayed as your house was being built. I love that the owner’s have to help as well. And, I love that the boys help too. Imagine what it will teach them! I even love the name of your post. A symphony of hammers.

  6. 7 Sally August 9, 2009 at 7:12 am

    I commend you and your husband for doing this work. I know you will be blessed. Thanks for sharing. Happy Spiritual Sunday.

  7. 8 Cathy August 9, 2009 at 11:24 am

    Such a wonderful project to volunteer for ~

  8. 9 Clif August 9, 2009 at 11:47 am

    Wonderful project. Thank you for the great pictures and the story. You told it well.

  9. 10 Puna August 9, 2009 at 4:09 pm

    Your husband is doing a wonderful thing. And having fun doing it too! What a blessing!

  10. 11 Ginger August 9, 2009 at 7:17 pm

    These families are so blessed that there are people like your husband. What a wonderful~~wonderful thing that you are doing.

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