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Dandelions


23 May 2024

By Nancy Hylton of Seattle, Washington, USA

Be courageous and visionary, believing in the power of just a few vibrant witnesses to transform the world.

Doctrine and Covenants 161:3c

I was weeding my rose beds and it struck me, as it has many times, how persistent some weeds are, especially dandelions. They overcome seemingly impossible odds and spring up in a crack in the sidewalk. They survive droughts, remaining green and continuing to flower when all the surrounding grass turns brown at the height of summer.

In at least in one parable Jesus spoke negatively about weeds; in that case it was thorns. However, I believe the lesson of persistence in the face of obstacles is the message of the dandelions. When I face obstacles, I often tend to lose heart and energy.

If you have ever tried to pull dandelions, you know their roots go deep and stubbornly attach themselves to the substance of the soil—hence the meaning of their name “tooth of the lion.” I should follow that example and strongly root my life in God’s gracious Spirit.

The way dandelions spread their feathery, windborne seeds is also noteworthy. If only I could spread my testimony of God’s compassion and grace so prolifically and persistently.

As we look around us, we tend to underrate the value of some individuals as weed-like—pesky and persistent. God reminds us in simple yet profound ways that all are worthy and valuable. I thank God for helping me see the value and worth of all people. I thank God for dandelion-like strength and persistence in the face of obstacles to my faith. I know I am not living Christ’s mission by my own strength.

Prayer Phrase

“What can be seen is temporary, but what cannot be seen is eternal” (2 Corinthians 4:18).

Spiritual Practice

Breathe Hope

Find a quiet space where you can sit without distractions. Light a candle. Take a few deep breaths, allowing your body to relax with each exhale. As you breathe, let go of any tension or worries you may be holding onto. Take notice of the way the flame dances and flickers, casting light and shadow in the room. As you observe the flame, imagine it symbolizing the spark of hope within you. With each breath, imagine the flame growing brighter and stronger. Visualize this light spreading throughout your body, filling you with a sense of hope and positivity. Take a moment to express gratitude for the blessings in your life, no matter how small they may seem.

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