I’ve really been enjoying our outreach walks during the COVID pandemic. In general, the changes we’ve been forced to make over the past several months have come with some real blessings. First and foremost, we’re meeting new people and been able to start building new relationships. That’s a wonderful thing in a time that we’ve had to make concessions to stay operative.
This past week we met a couple on Queen St. that are experiencing hardship. As we chatted they started to talk about an ecumenical outreach on the other side of the GTA in which 7 churches take turns providing meals each day of the week for those in need. If that was all there was to it, it would be worth celebrating. But they went on to tell me just how amazing the whole experience was; the food was top notch, the facilities were clean as a whistle, and the system of getting “coupons” for meals was such that you could easily stockpile them and eat there every single day. Not only that, but the food served was so delicious and plentiful that it could easily be your lone meal of the day. I stood and listened for a good 10 minutes about juicy steak, and desserts that were delicacies. By the time they had fully described this operation, I was salivating at the mouth!
Coming away from that conversation, I’ve been thinking about the importance of working from the heart, with an aim to excellence. People routinely know when you’re doing something from the heart or whether you’re doing it because you feel you have to, or because it’s “your job.” It made me even more thankful to be part of The Dale, because our aim is to make the love of God known to all in both word and deed. We aim to love well because we are loved well, and we want to live out of that love. As I sip on my coffee I’m reminded that we are to be the “pleasing aroma of Christ.”
May it be evermore.
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