Thanksgiving Thoughts (U.S.) 2014

You may have experienced years with more gentleness, kindness, provision, health, “apparent” grace (or so it might seem). But for whom and what can you be truly thankful? IS there anything to be thankful for?

Here is a short list that pertains to me. Might you recognize some of these in your own life?

1. My Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Nothing good comes to me without His hand of love and compassion. Does all “feel” like good? No. We live in a a fallen world.

2. My incredible wife Wendi. No words to adequately express the continual gift, inspiration and encouragement toward God, love and kindness, strength and perseverence in my life that she brings to me, that she -is- to me.

3. My friends, many very near and many spread out over the world. Just amazing gifts to me. Their prayers, kindness… whew.

4. My health- God for His grace as sickness and physical issues are certainly part of this life and aging, etc.. Lots of grace as no matter the issues, they could be -far- worse, far more multi-layered and pain-filled. My continuing abilities to hear, see, taste, smell, feel.

5. My flawed but actual ability to hear/sense/respond rightly to what God says in His Word, via prayer and in my heart as well as via others speaking into my life. Grace from the Holy Spirit in all this!

I AM SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO THANKFUL for each and all of these!

How about you? And THANKS for stopping by! -Glenn

Holiday Special

A sweet friend and her kids had a recent discussion about what they wanted for Christmas. The answer was to bring food and hot drinks to homeless folks under the bridge 3 blocks from our house.

One of many reasons I love our community/church.

So a small group of peeps including the kids collected hats, scarves, blankets, etc., got the food and treats together, a couple coolers of hot drinks and completely surprised a growing group under a cold Lakeshore Drive bridge the other night. One bro. brought his guitar and music to the folks.

I mentioned that if Wendi was doing well enough after hip surgery that next time (they plan to go again next month as the temps drop further) I’d bring a cigarbox guitar and bring ’em some gospel blues, Christmas carols and such. I think I’ll gift the guitar to one of them just before we return home.

I’d have gone the other night but my poor Wendi was in need of me.

So Thanksgiving takes on yet another level of meaning for me this season- thanking God for warm-hearted followers of Jesus on cold Chicago nights.

Some would think it crazy the homeless wouldn’t come into shelters and take other services offered them. Some of these folks have a history of being banned from a shelter, or are mentally ill, or drug dependent or just so socially messed up they refuse to come in from the cold.

Poverty alone puts some in the street, while so many other issues (sin and non-sin debilitating issues) land them there.

Jesus said “The poor you shall have with you always, and you can do good to them whenever you want to”.
When will we “want to”?

I’m truly thankful for those who do -and put His love in action via their serving such people.

Thanks for stopping by! -Glenn

Joliet Thanksgiving Gig

20141122_132854So the set with my friend Joe Filisko was a treat. The dinner was great, the people and the staff at Hands of Hope were excellent and a -LOT- of peeps came for dinner, free eye exams/glasses, clothes of all sorts and cool music sets as well as… Circus Boy!

He was a trip, doing all sorts of cool circus stunts, acrobatics and comedy. All loved him and the kids were truly into it.

Enjoyed hanging with Joe and Michelle20141122_132918 -and finding out about this very needed outreach to poor folk in and around Will County, Illinois which serves from their main location as well as doing mobile teams out in the boonies south and west of Chicago.
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Kudos for an amazing event. SO glad Joe invited me to be part of it.

http://handsofhope4u.weebly.com/joliet-hope-center.html

As always, thanks for stopping and visiting my blog ๐Ÿ™‚ -Glenn

Sweetest Doe Ever

If finding what you’re hunting for isn’t your cup of tea, stop reading now ๐Ÿ™‚

Today makes only the second year in many, many years I was not sitting under a large oak in the woods intently watching for… well… venison. Yep. Free-range, nature and corn/beans/farm-fed venison.

Wendi’s 2nd hip replacement happened and I’m the main care-giver so nada this season.

Each year somewhere around the end of September as the weather cools and leaves begin to turn my heart and eyes look to the sky, the fields and the woods. I absolutely LOVE being out in whatever weather with the proper arm (gun, bow, whatever) in hand listening, watching, praying, just observing. I take lots of pictures (love these digital phones) and remember hunts long ago in various places, old friends, some now passed on.

Oh I rarely came/come home without getting what I came for, but the fact is that being in such a different place (on every level) is a tonic, a stress-reliever and a gift as much as the game is.

The glory of God in nature, seeing the varied flora and fauna, the change of seasons, experiencing the wide range of weather patterns and all the rest is just a kiss of life to me and many others who’ve shared such experiences.

But I have to say due to love and call, this year as last has been o.k.. Not the most fun in every respect, but cool. Because over 41 years ago I was blessed with the finest doe on the planet. Her name is Wendi.

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As the Cub fans in Chicago often say, “Maybe next year’!

Just sayin’ ๐Ÿ™‚

Thanks for stopping by!

-Glenn

Pre-Thanksgiving Gig and Thoughts

So my friend and harmonica master Joe Filikso invited me to join him for a set at a Joliet fellowship serving the poor, homeless and otherwise folks in need of a hot meal and encouragement.

It’s blues/worship time!

I always (unlike the bird) look forward to Thanksgiving and especially around these holidays know there are those who volunteer to help serve the poor, a paying back or paying forward in the best sense. Great stuff!

Last night it hit 9 degrees in Chicago, wind chill making it worse.

As you and I enjoy a warm bed, soft blankets and likely, tangible love- there are plenty who live in deep and pure survival mode. In the bitter cold it only gets more difficult.

I bring a bit of music and point up, some of you might bring the same. Some reading this might make time to help cook and/or serve a meal, donate blankets, warm clothes or other items to a shelter, soup kitchen or church or ministry providing such in your area.

Go for it, please!

Too many are so focused on themselves and a dinner. Love God, love neighbor is the call to all of us.

May you and I give Thanks… and more.

And thanks for stopping by! -Glenn