Graffiti artist iNo praying hands artwork

Feeling The Tap On The Shoulder

Jon Dobbs taught my son in high school in the Bronx many years ago. Through a strange set of circumstances, he made connections with Graffiti. He has been serving here at Graffiti in assisting in our children’s program. Here is part of his testimony– My name is Jon Dobbs; I

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Graffiit showing shepherd covering sheep with umbrella

Meet the Need First…

Not Meet the Need. One mother had come several times to be at our Toy Sale. She was not here this year. She had overdosed and died in the spring. Another mother had been beaten by her boyfriend a day before. Another mother had been waiting in line since 2

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Graffiti of dancing kids with TV screens for heads

Loneliness and the Screen

Kenny Goubran, a freshman at New York University, made this provocative statement as he read “The Future of Loneliness,” an essay in The Guardian: “Loneliness, in a way, is not only determined by lack of company but rather, a lack of understanding.” As with anything, the internet provides both gains

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street art of a camera taking a photo

Small Is Big

A couple of days ago, I saw the movie The Glass Castle, based on the best-selling book. The story tracks the trajectory of a family from the viewpoint of the daughter. It is an insightful and heartbreaking journey, filled with bravado, alcohol, and pain. The mother and father end up

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Giant Graffiti Hand pointing to person walking by

What Would Happen to the World if…

People kept their promises. What would happen if men kept their promise when they told a woman they loved her, and vice versa? What would happen if we really meant it when we said those words at the ceremony–for better or for worse, for richer or for poorer, in sickness

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kids running into one another by artist seth globe painter

If You Start Fast, You End Up Slow…

And if you start slow, you end up fast. This isn’t always true, but it sometimes is. I’ve been encouraging some young adults in ministry this week. Numbers are strange things. They can encourage us when actually things aren’t going well, and they can discourage us when things really are

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Wasted Love by artist Fikos

You Are All Alone…

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

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Graffiti that says upside down

Why Do You Keep Saying…

…Things Are Upside Down? “These people who have turned the world upside down have come here also.” Acts 17:6 Jesus was sort of upside-down. The last will be first. We will find our life when we lose it. The one who humbles himself will be exalted. The ancient world even

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Street Art sheep protected by man from wolves EVPCA1

Stop To Start

If there isn’t a God, we better fret and worry and expend all our energy figuring out what to do. But if there is a God, perhaps the most important thing we can do is to stop and listen. In the “Upside Down Training” we do at Graffiti, we sometimes

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Artist JR - Women Are Heroes

No Time To Stand And Stare

My mother used to recite the lines of a poem when we needed to stop and enjoy. It went like this: “What is this world if full of care, we have no time to stand and stare?” I can see my brother stretching out his legs and putting his hands

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