In society, most people view a dandelion, as an ugly weed. Something quickly discarded from our yards and our lawns. A closer look will reveal that its true beauty is one of value and worth. The same is true with the homeless.
We believe that everyone has value and worth. There are many people who have lost their hopes and dreams, and are often viewed by humanity as something to be discarded. They are viewed as people who are like the dandelion; ugly, worthless and invaluable. But the very opposite is quite true.
Dandelions have many medicinal purposes and are also used as a sweetener. Dandelions are low in calories and high in antioxidants, improving liver functions and health. They help kidneys eliminate deposits of toxins, and are a useful treatment for skin care. Although the sap is slightly bitter to taste, the juice lowers the sugar level in the blood which helps diabetics.
Dandelions are also beneficial for weight loss. They are a diuretic plant and promote urination, helping elimination of water weight without side effects. Being high in antioxidants, they help reduce the risk of cancer, detoxify the body and help protect from tumors developing.
Dandelions also help in boosting your energy levels after an infection and have a soothing effect on the stomach. There are so many other benefits to the whole dandelion flower.
The homeless are often discarded and tossed away as though their lives are worthless. They are misread and abused. Turned away by family and friends, due to a wide variety of issues, they can lose hope and fall into despair. With compassion, discernment, time and patience, working with a homeless person can bring hope and give them a new sense of worth.
Like the dandelion, the homeless have skills, gifts or talents society could use, as well as the church. If given the opportunity, time and energy, investing the love of Christ sometimes turns their lives around. They could be an invaluable asset and investment.
No matter what state an individual is in, or what they are working their way through, they are still valuable like the dandelion and have a great deal of worth!
Rev. Katherine M Harrison