Prison, Personal and Tour Update 6-21-17

What a -GREAT- time w. inmates at a Wash. State prison tonight! I can’t tell you how much it means to me to be able to help bring a bit of love and hope to people behind bars…

Thanks for those who pray, my Wendi is getting hit hard w. leg cramps tonight… long story but some meds counter-act on others re. her asthma and arthritis. Thanks for prayers for her. She truly knows and has tried all the cures… nothing seems to work. Poor girl needs sleep…

The Colorado and Salt Lake City stops were very cool… such great peeps. Truly enjoying my time with Ged West and friends here in Montesano, Washington area.

One update I just got word on: “Tinderbox is now in Aberdeen WA at 113 E Wishkah St.” -so those coming to that show, there you go with their new address! Times and other details of the tour are here in my blog, just look through Western Tour dates.

Ok, sleepin’ time for me, and I sure hope for my sweet wife!!

As always, thanks for stopping by. -Glenn

WA State Gig Added, Summer Tours/Misc Update

Wow. So this year is just a tad simpler than the last couple but nearly as packed and amazing.

Wendi and I have begun our trek west in the U.S., and within 2 days of getting back home to Chicago I leave w. GKB to the European tour for most of July.

So the new date added in Washington State is:

Thursday June 22 @ 7pm
GK Solo at New Walk Christian Church
18635 8th ave s.
Des Moines, wa.98148

Now overall tour comments for this summer-

Sadly, the schedule does not allow for an appearance at our beloved AudioFeed Festival in Champaign, Illinois (but YOU should not miss it!!! Plz see http://audiofeedfestival.com/). Nor can I be with dear friends Don and Rhea Overbey and so many great musical buds up at Sturgis Bike Week this summer 😦 (see http://overbeyministries.org/gpage9.html and if interested a few clips from myself and others, my lil’ bit starts at 2:21).

It seems most every weekend is booked, along w. several weekdays right through October -so hope to see some of you on the road somewhere!

Wendi and I are also prepping for her knee replacement surgery sometime in the autumn after at least -some- traveling together.

My poor wife deals with acute arthritis as well as asthma and multiple allergies so you can imagine the challenges, daily, and add to that traveling together (which is GREAT but taxing at times of course) or by myself or with the band but w/o the Queen of my heart with me. So thanks for prayers for both of us.

I am trying to complete a book covering just a bit over a 3 month span (you’d be surprised!) of my life that will likely give clarity to what has shaped my entire life since. We’ll let you know via all my sites when that’s available.

We regularly get amazing, encouraging feedback via Twitter, Facebook and of course this site as well as email. THANK YOU SO MUCH! At the same time when in heavy tour season the posts, questions and requests can really stack up and it takes a great deal more time and effort to respond to all of them. Please know I try but likely cannot reply to everything always! πŸ™‚

Ok, that’s it for now.

As always, thanks much for stopping by! -Glenn

GK in Colorado FRI, Utah SUN

But first I gotta say Cook Co. Jail set was just over the top last night! The men seemed to really track w. me right through… always a blessing. Cigarbox guitar and harmonica drew a lot of interest and joy. No a.c. or electric fans in the room, rather hot- so being locked up you can imagine anything to lift spirits is huge for these guys.

So here’s my last reminder for this coming weekend. Wendi and I are packing today!

As always, thanks for stopping by πŸ™‚ -Glenn

FRI JUNE 16 @ 7pm

GK Solo: Blues and Roots at Palmer Lake, CO

Trilakes Center For The Arts 304 Highway 105 Palmer Lake, CO 80133

719.481.0475

http://trilakesarts.org

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SUN JUNE 18 Salt Lake City, UT

GK leads worship 9am 11am 1pm

Calvary Chapel Salt Lake 460 W. Century Drive Salt Lake City, UT
801.264.9999

http://www.calvaryslc.org

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Satisfaction

First question: whose satisfaction?

Mine? Yours? Someone else’s? God’s?

Second question: if we ever actually cared or care now… how?

A few comments of the second q first because of course, I’m upside-down and backwards in my thought processes… ha… no, actually because it’s easier (believe it or not).

I say “easier” only in one sense, that being because it’s much easier to talk about.

Notice the word “if” in my prelude to the big cymbal crash, the crescendo “how”.

When one is brutally honest about caring or not caring, perhaps “sometimes I do, sometimes I flat-out don’t” -we have the foundation of the answer.

It has taken me a lifetime to care about somebody other than myself first. You can believe I’m not always living that out either… This is true even in my relationships to my wife, kids, grandkids, in-laws, folks I live near, live with, my closest friends, those work and even play with.

I’m still in process, changing, sorting out my own motives from one person and/or day, even moment to the next.

There are those I find it hard to even like much less love!

I suspect you, dear reader, share the same journey, no?

When I actually may give a rip about someone other than myself, I find it at times easier… but not always easier… to seek at least a bit of THEIR satisfaction with regard to our relationship, my possible serving them, helping relieve some burden they care and etc.. Sometimes.

To be sure, self-care is not always selfish. Jesus indeed calls us to “love your neighbor as yourself”.Β Then again, there is a point in time when we realize nobody- not even God Himself can satisfy each and every desire/want/need of any individual nor group of ’em. Think that reality over and it can both ease our sense of responsibility and also bring one to despair if not given to Someone with greater strength, understanding and grace than we shall ever comprehend on this earth! I CAN do all things through Jesus Who gives me the strength. He never calls us to do something without giving us the ability to do it.

So my overall response to question number two is simply this: we cannot fully satisfy anyone including ourselves, not all the time nor in every circumstance.

So why bother -and how if we either want to or think we ought to?

I personally cannot live outside of an authentic faith in God and my Savior and Lord Jesus Christ- and after a lifetime of challenges to my faith I am fully unashamed of my own lack in this reality.

I’ll say it again: without HIS help, direction, Spirit, I only rarely love as He has both called and indeed commanded me to love. But His first call is to “love God”.

No Christ-follower does this perfectly, zero self involved. Not one.

Grace- UNmerited favor. We can’t “do” anything enough to earn/deserve/demand it. But let’s go deeper: neither can those around us.

IF (lousy little English word…) we allow ourselves to blow past His grace… and even if we are fairly aware of our need for it, to only care about another’s sense of of satisfaction IF and WHEN WE THINK THEY’VE EARNED IT is both a scriptural as well as moral and ethical quicksand!

So I find myself “taking fearless moral inventory” at times and recognize others need the very mercy I myself require. Others- whether I’d have ever chosen them for besties or not, are in deep need of at least a little satisfaction in this sinful, broken world of “self” each and every one of us inhabit!

Back to the first question.

I think each and all entities I listed are loved and require love.

To hugely simplify (sorry!) I land at 3 points. We can only bring love to ourselves, the other person/s and to God by His grace and the continual option of choice.

I suspect the highest is to “Love God” supremely, but one cannot disconnect that from loving others and indeed, seeing ourselves and others through His eyes of grace.

Without this, all is lost. Including us.

Things to consider?

Thanks so much for stopping by! -Glenn

Wedding Singer

What a joy to sing and play w. a cool band of friends at the wedding of a sweet young couple this past Saturday!

All week prior the forecast was -RAIN- and it turned out absolutely beautiful, sunny, a light breeze at the conclusion. Bride, groom wedding party and families all smiles, great musicians and music, fun reception…

As Wendi and I had just celebrated our 45th (spent the day at a pretty Michigan state park beach w. a picnic two days before this wedding) it of course brings back memories as we were also married in an outdoor wedding up in Wisconsin at a lake. The weather was very much the same.GWweddingDay

Unforgettable.

Remembering and learning, looking ahead for this young couple- what changes over 45 years of commitment? Plenty. But if you keep faith, repent and forgive regularly and both share these disciplines in love -and at core, serve… a lifetime of marriage can happen.

Grace. God’s favor. His fresh mercies every single morning. And learning to roll with the tides of life which of course bring pleasure and at times pain. This is the world we live in.

This is the HOW of “for better or for worse, in sickness and in health”. Yes.

Put bluntly- because of Jesus, it only gets better! Without Him, it simply gets worse.

These were amazing days!

As always, thanks for stopping by. -Glenn