Lord, please be with my family and with the other families who live on Windsor's west side, west of the bridge, in the area of boarded up houses.
I've said it before and I'll say it again, that when you have many, many, many boarded up houses in one area, it attracts crime and the people who commit crime.
Here is a link to the story that was printed in The Windsor Star, Monday, April 11, 2011:
You'll notice the article says no one was shot. Well, as per my daughter, this is not quite accurate, for while a struggle for the gun happened, it was fired and someone was hurt.
The man the Star says was "allegedly struck" and struggled for the gun, was indeed hurt. Praise God the bullet didn't enter his head fully, but the bullet grazed his cheek, so that when he was helped by others, blood covered his face.
I praise God that his injury wasn't worse!
Oh, Lord! Please help my daughter and her family! Lord, protect my family and others who have to deal with these issues, more often all the time.
Living with all these boarded up houses in her area, is bad enough. But, when unsavoury people are attracted or drawn to this area, it become truly dangerous.
For me, it was bad enough hearing that this incident occurred in her area at all, but struck a nerve even worse when I found out from my daughter P, that she saw police officers and swat team members outside her home.
P told me she opened her door to find out from the officers what the problem was, only to be told in a demanding way, to get back into her home and shelter her family.
Apparently, the man who police were chasing, because he had fired the gun, was in between my daughter's home and the home next door to her.
Be still my heart.
If I had the power to move her out of that area, for sure I would do it. If she had been speaking with me at the time that a relative purchased this home for her to live in, you can be sure that I would have steered them away from this area.
Not that the area is truly a bad area, for it isn't. However, when you attract unsavoury characters into a poor neighbourhood, the outcome is usually not good.
I still say that our City of Windsor Mayor, Eddie Francis, should move his family into this area for a time. I'm sure it wouldn't take long before these boarded up houses would be torn down, leaving less chance for criminals to find places to hide out.
Of course, this is unlikely to happen. After all, he wouldn't want his family being affected by the stress of gun shots being fired, even on an irregular basis.
Father, I thank You once again for keeping a hedge of protection around my family and the other families who live in this area, where they are targeted by those who obviously do not know You. Father, I thank You for protecting the man who was attacked from worse injury or death. Father, I thank You that the attacker was caught. Father, I wish no evil on this man who attacked and endangered the lives of so many others. Father, if it is Your will, I pray You will save this man. I pray he will come to know Jesus as Lord and Saviour of his life. I know that Your word tells us that You wish that none should perish, so I believe it is truly Your will for this to happen. Father, I thank You in advance for this and pray this in Jesus' name. Amen.
Until next time...
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