Monthly Archives: February 2017

Street Art by Kevin Peterson

Looking Up from the Bottom

February 21, 2017 | Andrew Mann | Upside Down

“At the top of the stairway stood the Lord, and he said, ‘I am the Lord, the God of your grandfather Abraham, and the God of your father, Isaac. The ground you are lying on belongs to you. I am giving it to you and your descendants.’” Genesis 28:13 NLT

Jacob certainly didn’t deserve what God promised. He was a cheating, conniving thief. When I read the chapter before this and see how he played his brother, I think, “Poor Esau!” As a kid I used to spend a lot of time in the basement of my childhood home. There my siblings and I played games. As the baby of the family, I often felt cheated or that they were taking advantage of me. I would run up the stairs and tell my mom how poorly I was treated. I knew what I wanted her to do. Never did I run to my mom thinking she would stand at the top of the stairs, call the offender to the bottom, and say, “I made some cookies for your brother, but now I will give them to you!” We all want the wrong to be made right. We want people to get what they deserve until we’re the one at the bottom of the stairs.

wasted love by artist fills

You Are All Alone

February 16, 2017 | Taylor Field | Upside Down

In one of our groups, we are reading again the book of Lamentations–not the cheeriest of the books in the Bible. Some of the people in the group are currently homeless–others have had a rough time.
Here are some of the verses that leaped out for me today:

I am the only one he punishes over and over again, without ever stopping….
I am a joke to everyone–no one ever stops making fun of me….
That’s all I think about, and I am depressed.” Lamentations 3:3,14,20 (CEV translation)

There are no instructions here–these verses simply describe one of the ways it can feel when you are depressed. For me, one of the most powerful aspects of being part of a group or gathering is realizing that other people have significant battlegrounds too, and some of them are the same as ours. In this season of Graffiti, we are focusing on gatherings, groups of people, even different types of consortiums.

That is the message I want to communicate–you are not the only one and not everyone is making fun of you. You are not alone.