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Struggle & Hope

Several weeks ago, as the season of Lent approached, I received a humbling request from Covenant Presbyterian Church (thank you Petra!).  Would I write a devotional for their blog series Stories of Struggle and Hope?  After much prayer and contemplation, I wrote my story and submitted it in time for their deadline.  I also signed up to receive each of their postings by email.  What I received was so much more than what I contributed!  I would encourage everyone to check out the entries for this series at http://lent2015.blogspot.com/ (or go to Covenant’s website and access it from there).

As I’ve read and reflected on many of these stories, I’ve also been struck by the struggles our city has become embroiled in lately.  I have no expectations that life will ever be devoid of struggle.  In fact, I know how healthy struggle, and the hope that comes from it, can be.  What I hope for our community is that we can be less polarizing in our struggles and remind ourselves that we are much more alike than different.  We are all beloved children of our almighty Creator!  So, as I continue to benefit from Covenant’s Stories of Struggle and Hope series, I will try harder to be mindful of the similarities I have with those who I also tend to disagree. 

Carson Dean

In September 2008 I became the Executive Director of the Men's Shelter of Charlotte. I've spent almost 15 years working to end homelessness in North Carolina. After working with homeless and runaway youth in Raleigh, I served as the Director of the South Wilmington Street Center (men's shelter) in Wake County and then worked on Orange County's 10 Year Plan to End Homelessness. I am a former board chair for the North Carolina Coalition to End Homelessness and former chair of the Homeless Services Network in Charlotte. In 2014 I served as the partner agency representative on the United Way Central Carolinas board of directors.

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