to deepen relationships, says Dew, making them more peerlike.
“Trying to be in relationship with people who don’t know where their next meal is coming from is not easy,” he says. “But I really believe we have deepened those relationships. I know we have, but there’s a whole lot more that I hope can happen.”
It helps, he adds, to recognize the reality of the neediness of all people, however that need is expressed. “When we recognize that we are in need of God, that brings us together on an equal relationship: as lots of my friends like to say, ‘The ground is level at the foot of the cross.’”
Patrick O’Neill is a freelance writer based in Garner, N.C.