Here at Charis Centre we love plants! You will see green all throughout the building. Unfortunately, they sometimes go unattended with lack of attention and water and they die. This may happen because we all assume someone else had watered it, but no one had; all of a sudden the poor plant has dried up. One of our plants that had been “dead and gone” for a while was about to be thrown out. A resident asked if she could take it and revive it. Of course our reaction was “sure and good luck with that! The thing is dead!” Well, she happily took it pruned it down and replanted pieces of the plant. The evidence of the success is seen in the pictures. With lots of care and attention, she managed to get 9 new buds and they are flourishing.
As I watch the plant outside my office with excitement about the growth that literally happens overnight, it made me think of our ladies here. So many of them have gone unloved and ignored in their lives. Being pushed aside by society as the being trouble makers and drug addicts on our streets. So many don’t see the point in putting time and effort into these individuals, so they get tossed aside and left to wither away. Many people in our society feel that it’s not their job to worry about these broken individuals because someone else will do it. Like our plants, the ladies continue on a downward spiral with no one to help. When they come into treatment, they have a chance to be revived, starting with the basics of food, water and sleep. They often need lots of attention from the staff in the first month. Over time we watch them flourish like this plant and blossom into the amazing ladies that God intended them to be.
How did Jesus respond to the outcasts in His day? He loved them, He called them and asked them to follow Him. He gave them hope and the Savior of the world attended to their needs. He touched the ones who by law shouldn’t have been touched, and he ate with those who would (according to culture) ruin His reputation. Let us follow His loving perfect example. The next time you see someone in need, do what Jesus would do, show them love!
Matt 8:2-3: “And behold, a leper came and worshiped Him, saying, “Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean. Then Jesus put out His hand and touched him, saying, “I am willing; be cleansed.” Immediately his leprosy was cleansed. ”