Well cared for

A lot has happened since I last blogged! August really got away on me; a familiar feeling, I’m sure.

As I wrote last time, Erinn was away for a few weeks. As I trusted would be the case, I was very well supported while she was gone. Thank you for your prayers and encouragement!

In my blog I wrote about how the community “has my back”, and this was literally and figuratively true. During one of the (remarkably rare) conflicts between community members that may have become physical, I stepped between the two friends of mine who were experiencing tension. Another friend slid in just behind me, and we stood back to back, collaboratively diffusing the situation. This happened the very next day after I had blogged!

I was cared for in many such ways over the following weeks. Friends stepped in to help me lead music for our Sunday services. A core member of the community helped to clean one of the spaces we use by scrubbing a bunch of toilets and mopping the floor. A couple of friends from Sanctuary lent their support during a Monday meal drop-in.

Last week we closed The Dale so that both Erinn and I could be off at the same time. I was very well cared for during that week too. I enjoyed a bunch of meals with various friends, and spent a few days at a beautiful organic, off the grid farm that is owned and operated by friends/mentors/professors of mine. This is the same farm that has welcomed The Dale for a day-trip two years in a row now. I rested, worked in the garden, read, learned to make salsa, went for long walks in the woods, and shared delicious meals and fellowship.

A couple of days ago I managed to take a tumble, and banged myself up a bit. I received lots of immediate and follow-up care from the friends who witnessed or heard about my fall, for which I was/am very grateful. I arrived at drop-in a couple of days later, and as soon as I explained that I was pretty sore, folks from the community insisted that I take it easy and that they would “do whatever you usually do!”

I am so grateful for these ways in which I’ve been reminded, once again, that I am deeply blessed with wonderful communities of friends. Thank you to everyone who has been a conduit of God’s love over these past weeks!

By joannacatherinemoon

I am the Lead Community Worker at The Dale Ministries in Parkdale, Toronto, ON. The Dale seeks to create safe welcoming spaces in which all people, particularly those on the margins, are encouraged to participate fully, to the best of their abilities and journey together toward a deeper experience of the life God has given us. This blog is meant to help keep my supporters connected with life at The Dale.

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