Grace at the grocery store

After a couple of weeks off (about which I’ll write soon), I’m back in the Dale saddle 🙂

One of the things I love about how Tuesdays currently look at The Dale is that I get to just “do life” in the neighbourhood. I check the mail, do some grocery shopping for our Thursday breakfast, run other errands, and often go for a walk with a team member to check in on friends.

Today I was headed into our local Freshco when I realized that I’d forgotten a quarter to unlock a shopping cart, and decided to resign myself to lugging a couple of very full baskets around the store. (I’m forgetful, so this is an uncomfortable but not uncommon experience for me!)

Sitting just outside the front door was a man that I recognized but didn’t really know. He asked if I had a quarter, and I said I was so sorry but I didn’t… and that I could actually use one myself! He assessed the situation, and as I turned to go inside he called out, “You need a quarter? Here!”

I gratefully accepted his kind offer, and asked if I could grab something for him inside. When I came back out he was waiting, and we thanked each other for our respective gifts.

May today hold unexpected moments of giving and receiving for you too ❤


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.


  1. Hi Joanna, I’ve been grieving/celebrating the children going to Kindergarten. One of my very sensitive little girls has brought me two gifts that she made.
    Just her enthusiasm to give me the gift has made me smile.
    Thank God for the tender hearted.

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