Prayer brings neighbors closer

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Steve Knox
Wednesday, November 7, 2012

There's a special neighborhood in Janesville. Oh sure, it's just a street lined with modest homes...sort of like any other neighborhood in Janesville, or the country for that matter. The biggest difference in the neighborhood are the people who live in these modest homes.

The people in this neighborhood know each other, help each other and are concerned for the well-being of everyone on their block. It's a neighborhood similar to the one I grew up in...right here in Janesville.

This neighborhood celebrates the good times together, but this neighborhood has dealt with some odd challenges in the last few years. The economic and employment situation settled in for a while. Thankfully, the employment situation is turning around.

Recently, this neighborhood lost a long-time resident and others are dealing with significant challenges and personal struggles. This is why one neighbor suggested we needed to call on someone much bigger than our neighborhood. This neighbor suggested we bring The Lord to our neighborhood in prayer.

A few days ago neighbors gathered in the driveway of one of the modest homes. A dozen or so people formed a circle. They shared some general fellowship and then Pastors from the church near the neighborhood helped lead the neighbors in prayer.

There were specific prayer requests for their neighborhood but there was also prayer for grace in their community. It didn't take a ton of time, there were no miracles on that day but several in the circle felt the presence of our Neighbor. The 'hood is now closer than ever.

Maybe this neighborhood isn't like 'any other' neighborhood? Ok, it isn't like any other neighborhood. It's special. I know...I live there. We realized we needed something more than 'us'.

I've always felt lucky to live where I do. Today, I feel extremely blessed to live where I live.

Care to share anything about the street that you live on?

Last updated: 10:41 am Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Steve Knox was born and raised in Janesville before landing back in the city later in life. This Generation X guy writes on Janesville and beyond. Steve is a community blogger and is not a part of The Gazette staff. His opinion is not necessarily that of the The Gazette staff or management.

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