Monday, May 16, 2011

A Call to Prayer

This call to prayer hits close to home and it's about the safety of the children who live on my block.  Last week I was listening to a Jeff Cavins CD about forgiveness and as usual, he is a plethora of information on this subject.  What really hit home was how we walk through life being "jabbed" by offenses and we must be vigilant to offer these feelings to God.  If not, we may be allowing Satan to set up a trap and what was a little  has now become a huge toxic deal. 

And as usual I'm listening and agreeing with everything he says and I go on with my day.  Then WHAM, the offenses start rolling in and not just one or two but many.   I'm telling myself over and over again to walk in forgiveness and offer it up...etc.  Then, the worst jab yet occurred.  I learned that a sex offender has moved onto my block and I'm not sure how long he's been living down the street from me.  Back in the Fall we had a meeting at my son's school with our city police who identified sex offenders living in our neighborhood and this guy was not one of them. 

He is now though.

My neighbor called the mayor and we've been promised increased police patrol on our block but that's all they can do.  She is also calling the State's Attorney's office to see what rights we have as individuals and I'm guessing none unless he does something and then it's too late.

So, I'm placing this in God's hands and asking for fervent prayer to protect the children who live on our block and within our neighborhood.  I'm also asking for prayer for the offender himself that he may be healed from his impulses, forgiven for his transgressions and that he's committed his life to Jesus.  Lastly, please pray for me because I do not want to live in fear in my own home and community.

God Bless,


  1. Oh, prayers here. I check the list often. it's scary.

  2. You've got many, many prayers.

  3. Noreen,

    I will keep you in my prayers.

    -L. Rose

  4. Oh yes, we will pray Noreen!

  5. A difficult situation. I will pray.

    Noreen, Mary of "The Beautiful Gate" left a message for you about ringsurf on my blog. I hope you find it helpful!

  6. Oh, I'm sorry! I'm praying for you and your neighborhood.

  7. Thank you friends for your prayers! I was distressed to learn of this news on the same day I allowed my 11 year old son to walk home to an empty house...knowing he would be home for about 1-2 hours before either my husband or I arrived home.

    This was the first time I had allowed this.

    This man lives at one end of the block and I the other but I've learned that he walks by my house often since he has no car.

    I'm comforted knowing I have a big 95 pound chocolate lab waiting inside who is my son's protector but there's not much Toby can do if my son encounters this man on the street.

    We went to Eucharistic Adoration last night and I fervently prayed for God's protection of my son and our neighborhood children. My fears abated and I felt peace over this situation but I will still be vigilant and prayerful.

  8. Sue - yes, thank you I did find Mary's message and will look into it. She did contact me directly to and gave me ideas of how to use 1000 characters to fulfill this part of the form.

  9. Noreen - Thanks for visiting today and entering our contest for the It's a Blessing bracelet! :-) I'm so glad you came by!

  10. How awful for your family to have this person so close to you. i will pray for your children's and the other children's safety. I hope something can be done to ease your stress