Monday, July 21, 2008

Exit 155P GS Parkway - Paterson Jesus

The leaders of Paterson originally hired Pierre L'Enfant to design the city. City officials rejected his plans so L’Enfant took those blueprints to Washington, DC. The rest is history.

Entering Paterson on Grand St, you are greeted by Jesus. "Vengan a mi los que van cansados, pesadas cargas, y yo los aliviare," the billboard reads. It is reassuring that Jesus is here in Paterson, along with the gangs. The Ruler of all Nature is here amidst the rulers of the streets.

Drive a bit further into the city and you will find the intersection of "Straight & Narrow," literally. At this intersection is Jesus, in infant form. This small inner city intersection may not appear to have any significance to the outsider but this is where you will find, "Straight & Narrow, Inc." S&N, founded in 1954, is the oldest community-based organization of its kind in the United States.

This place serves 6,000 people per year providing assistance for substance abusers, people with HIV/AIDS, those requiring intervention for driving while intoxicated, and children in need of day care. Baby Jesus is watching over all 6,000.

Matthew 7: "Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it."


restoredtograce said...

As you already know, I don't make it a habit to drive through Paterson. Great post though!

Lauren Yarger said...

I love this blog. New Jersey has never been so interesting.

Barbie Brains said...

Wow! Great Post! I am an atheist but will read your blog! I left Jesus 7 years ago somewhere.

Thanks and thank you for being unorthodox.


Noiz said...

This is a really cool blog concept. I look forward to following along as you drive through Jersey.

jaycee said...

Great post. Love your blog....very creative!

annamade said...

Thanks for stopping by. Your blog made me laugh! :)

Pastor John said...

Too Cool. I am in constant hope that I am walking where straight meets narrow.