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.