You maybe asking yourself what does that mean? One hand in the gutter, one hand stretched to the sky. We constantly have conversations with people who feel like they are in the gutter, they have made choices in their life that has caused them to feel unacceptable by culture, unlovely, worthless and that no one cares if they live or die. They struggle in their addictions and for most have lost everything, especially hope. When we spend a lifetime chasing something that we know will destroy us everything else becomes secondary until we hit rock bottom, even then at times we continue to find a new low. We can lose our jobs, kids, homes, self worth and again hope. Reaching from the depths of despair up to the sky asking Jesus to pull us up out of the gutter is the cry of our hearts. When we’ve tried everything under the sun finding out none of it works Jesus is there with open arms. What a beautiful picture, God rescuing His kids. Of course we would all hope before we get to that point we would reach for our Father in heaven, its not always the case unfortunately. Southside has become that place where people can reach for the sky.
We are starting Sunday Church at Southside. We have done one service a month to see if that is what God desires from us. This past Sunday night was a beautiful picture of Gods love. The room was full of people struggling, some knew Jesus as their Savior but some didn’t. At one point during worship I looked out and saw every hand raised, tears streaming down faces and Jesus captivating the room. I have never experienced a moment like that in my life. Hopeless people finding hope and not being able to explain what was happening in their hearts, it was beautiful. All of our leaders were in tears J. They didn’t know the songs and didn’t know how to respond other than lifting their hands to the sky.
I watched people completely surrender to God. It was raw and so real; I’m finding it hard to truly explain what went on. All I know is God melted our hearts and drew us to a place of total peace and took us to a place where we’ve never been before.
Thank you all for your prayers, support and love for Southside. God is doing amazing things downtown!