Bloom in Gloom

It’s spring time in Canada, and here in Toronto we’ve been experiencing the usual erratic weather that comes with it. We often joke here that we have no spring, just winter that turns to summer in the blink of an eye. But truth be told there are markers of a real spring time here in the Greater Toronto Area, and it’s one that is familiar to us all; the budding of new life and the resurrection of life that had seemingly been lost in the bitter-cold winter.

The buds on the trees and the re-emergence of greenery around us is a sign that spring is truly here, and that’s cause for excitement! This morning The Dale were handing out what has become our staple breakfast since the pandemic changed the way we do everything: a bacon & egg sandwich on English muffin and some fresh fruit. The sky was sunny as we began, but by the end was overcast and windy. As I reviewed the picture I took to headline this blog entry, I noticed the buds on the trees making their presence known against a gloomy-looking sky.

I’m not sure I meant for that picture to hold such significance for this blog entry, but it’s a reminder to me of the work we’re doing right now at The Dale Ministries – an insistent labour of love against the gloomy backdrop of COVID-19.

There is a lot of love going around amidst this pandemic, much like the number of buds on the trees right now. I’m reminded, as I often am at this time of year, of the famous words of Martin Luther:

“Our Lord has written the promise of resurrection not in books alone, but in every leaf in springtime.”

I’m thankful I get to be part of this work, and a part of this network of love!


I raise 100% of the funding needed for me to be able to work at The Dale Ministries in the Parkdale neighbourhood of Toronto. If you would like to support me financially, click this direct link to our websitehttps://www.thedale.org/donate/ and designate me (Pete Nojd) as the recipient.

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