Lately, I’ve seen a Christmas tree hung from a ceiling by its trunk, a topsy-turvy emoji, and even an inverted granddaughter “sitting” beside her amazed Pop. Certainly anything upside down reminds us that there is a reason right side up is called RIGHT side up. It’s how things are “supposed” to be!
Someone once said, “I wear a necklace so I’ll know when I’m upside down” but as Joel and I work alongside the amazing Community Resource Network team delving into the world of families dealing with homelessness, I’m quite sure that none of them has to wear a necklace to know their life is upside down. They are very aware that things are not as they are supposed to be: things aren’t for the lady who has an education but can’t afford the cost of the professional exam that’s required, let alone the license and fees that go along with a great paying job. They aren’t for the family who has children with special needs or for another one who has children who could excel beyond imagination if they even had close to what they need to function at capacity. And things aren’t as they are supposed to be for so many hurting folks who almost would do anything to have a real friend, but because their lives are completely topsy-turvy they have zero people willing to walk alongside them and try to help them live in a right side up world.
Christmas is about a world turned upside down where a poor family will lead those who are rich to something more important than wealth. Every time we help those whom the world is disregarding, we are surrounding the One who was born in a stable but wasn’t meant to live there.
“God deliberately chose men and women that the culture overlooks and exploits and abuses, chose these “nobodies” to expose the hollow pretensions of the ‘somebodies’?” - 1 Corinthians 1:27 (The Message)