GK Guitar Auction for Homeless Shelter

End of January brings my birthday. Old guy r us 🙂 This year for my b-day I’m personally building a 3 string electric cigarbox slide guitar to auction -the entire amount going directly to Cornerstone Community Outreach shelter here in Chicago. The guitar is 3/4s finished and I’ll post pics this next week. BIG thanks to Grrr Records for donating the pickup, tuners and strings!

I will ship the guitar to the winner of this auction (highest bid) the day after I receive the loot- and the check –must– be made out to Cornerstone Community Outreach as a donation.

This guitar has a quality pickup, the box is beautiful, I’ll include a two-way copper slide, and I trust the one who bids the highest amount will enjoy playing or at least gifting it to a musician who will! Pictures coming soon but it looks similar to the one I’m holding here with several tweaks. The pickup is mounted closer to where the neck joins the box for example. and the neck is entirely enclosed within the box and strung as per a Strat (strings through the bottom up through the neck and over the bridge to the tuners).

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I will announce the winner -unless they choose to remain anonymous, on Friday, February 9th.

Whatever the donation, CCO does amazing and important work. You might know this is one of the coldest winters on record here in Northern Illinois. You may or may not know from a very recent post of theirs:

“Right now, over 40 families and 125 children are sheltered at Cornerstone. For $22.00 per night, CCO can provide three meals per day, case management, personal hygiene and clothing, and the safe place to sleep.

Whether you can provide one night of shelter for $22, or a hundred nights, your donation will make a difference in the life of families experiencing homelessness.”
So I want to raise awareness of their amazing and sorely needed services and as much money for this guitar as possible to hand to them. EVERY little bit helps.
Want to bid for the guitar i’m auctioning for CCO? Email me directly with your offer at gkaisersoze@gmail.com
Thanks for your time and consideration!
As always, thanks for stopping by! -Glenn

 

Wow. Wisdom Here.

Just came in via one of the several online devotionals I subscribe to every day. Brilliant. Worth pondering.

As always, thanks for stopping by! -Glenn

“You can have flaws, be anxious, and even angry, but do not forget that your life is the greatest enterprise in the world. Only you can stop it from going bust. Many appreciate you, admire you and love you. Remember that to be happy is not to have a sky without a storm, a road without accidents, work without fatigue, relationships without disappointments. To be happy is to find strength in forgiveness, hope in battles, security in the stage of fear, love in discord. It is not only to enjoy the smile, but also to reflect on the sadness. It is not only to celebrate the successes, but to learn lessons from the failures.  It is not only to feel happy with the applause, but to be happy in anonymity. Being happy is not a fatality of destiny, but an achievement for those who can travel within themselves. To be happy is to stop feeling like a victim and become your destiny’s author.

It is to cross deserts, yet to be able to find an oasis in the depths of our soul. It is to thank God for every morning, for the miracle of life. Being happy is not being afraid of your own feelings. It’s to be able to talk about you. It is having the courage to hear a “no”. It is confidence in the face of criticism, even when unjustified. It is to kiss your children, pamper your parents, to live poetic moments with friends, even when they hurt us.

To be happy is to let live the creature that lives in each of us, free, joyful and simple. It is to have maturity to be able to say: “I made mistakes”. It is to have the courage to say “I am sorry”. It is to have the sensitivity to say, “I need you”. It is to have the ability to say “I love you”. May your life become a garden of opportunities for happiness … That in spring may it be a lover of joy. In winter a lover of wisdom. And when you make a mistake, start all over again. For only then will you be in love with life. You will find that to be happy is not to have a perfect life. But use the tears to irrigate tolerance. Use your losses to train patience. Use your mistakes to sculptor serenity. Use pain to plaster pleasure. Use obstacles to open windows of intelligence. Never give up …. Never give up on people who love you. Never give up on happiness, for life is an incredible show.” -Pope Francis

Racial (and Other) Reconciliation

A brother online recently shared a great story of the battle (yes) within his church association for racial reconciliation. It was both beautiful, then tragic how a massively middle class white congregation wrestled with a less-than year old brother in Christ instrumental in a 90 percent ratio kids of color/subculture in their Sunday School program. Tragic in that with zero reason given, the entire thing was shut down by leadership rather than with prayer, discussion and input on getting more reasonable numbers of kids, responsible adults and such continuing on in the care of the younger part of the congregation. Interesting that there were far more kids than adults in Sunday morning Bible education.

This individual did not write with rancor, no hating, just sharing part of his story and why he continues to work -with faith, hope and love mind you- in mission to encourage and in practical ways, bring racial reconciliation among churches he’s involved with. A good-hearted soul from all I can gather.

This reminds me of another bro. and sis. who left a fellowship (which no longer exists) years ago over the same thing. In essence, the pastor and several key leaders (likely the key financial support of the congregation) wanted young African-American and Latino/Latina kids somewhere else on Sunday morning.

Painful? Yep. Some core reasons for this sort of thing?

I am re-posting here what I wrote in the social media thread.

“Jesus’ call for we Christ followers to be agents of reconciliation is clear, certainly Paul in Corinthians and Jesus even in His story re. a Samaritan (!) being the good guy… the implications are massive.

But does not the road to racial (or spiritual, etc.) reconciliation effectively bring us to power sharing and even control loss? That’s the rub.

Further and more at core personally- “We were/I am -wrong-, please forgive me?” Then “fruits meet for repentance” in ol’ KJV speak? If one either does not honestly recognize their sin in a matter or worse, if in fact they’ve (we’ve, I’ve) truly sinned by God’s judgment, the humility factor and the personal cross-bearing and actual behavioral changes will knock me off my pedestal, erode my control and sense of security and even preferred comforts of culture, subculture, just plain comfort.

Heck, I may lose friends and even family members over “those” people God is calling me to actively love in living out, active participation in the Good News of Jesus.

I may have to become an ambassador (ugh… the patience needed… the regular interaction with those I consider UNdesireable). It’s not rocket science why all too many professing believers aren’t involved. God have mercy on us and -through- us!!!”

I must also add that reconciliation is a two-way street. IF one is not guilty but others call you on being a bank robber, how does a person of integrity repent for something they never did? ON THE OTHER HAND, if in fact you -did- rob one or more banks, pretending you did not effectively trashes any possibility of reconciliation with those you stole the loot from.

BOTH parties must risk being gracious (or not) up close and personal (and often one or both parties aren’t honestly interested in that) and willing to link. The fact is at times, one or both don’t want to link, they want to win.

When the love of Jesus calls me to lose in terms of reality, that being truth, mercy and fellowship with “the other”, I’m all the way in!! The issue is that sometimes we want our way, not the way of Jesus.

So what does HE want in terms of loving our neighbor as ourself?

Is it a question of actual sin (scriptural, not church-defined) or not? Is it a question of what really happened or what I believe happened… or didn’t? Is it a question of loving or domination?

Whites have dominated in this nation. Historical fact. Justice costs. Mercy costs. Look at Jesus on the cross!

The only One worthy of ultimate control ain’t me or you. Yet He commands us to love one another.

God, my neighbor, myself. Is there such a thing as a three-way street? Perhaps we can meet at the intersection??

As always, thanks for stopping by. -Glenn