This year I listened to Glenn and was prepared for Sandy

By Wilson G.

Last year I was caught completely unprepared for Hurricane Irene.

I was travelling overseas to Israel for Glenn’s Restoring Courage event and as that massive project wound down and we all prepared to fly back to New York City, we finally paid a little attention to the news back home. And what we saw was kind of scary: A (supposedly) huge hurricane, Irene, was headed straight for New York City. IF we made it out of Tel Aviv, I would have only a few hours to stock up on any provisions I might need to survive without power or a grocery store.

Luckily, we were on the last flight out of the country (one of our party ended up being stranded for three extra days) and landed early in the morning the day that Irene was going to hit. Since I didn’t have any water, I made sure to stop and buy forty dollars worth of bottled water at JFK before heading home. That was about all I had.

I ran home, packed a bag with a little food, and walked over to my girlfriend’s apartment. She had stocked up on a few items after she got back (she was in Israel too), but not a lot was left at the grocery store.

Let’s just say we were lucky that Irene was no where near as bad as it was hyped up to be for New York City.

But I learned my lesson, and more importantly I learned something that Glenn talks about everyday: There’s nothing crazy about being prepared for a potential disaster. Seriously, why is it crazy to have a few days worth of food, water, and various other sundries just in case something unexpected happened?

So when the news came on about Sandy, I was more than prepared.

My fiance and I were already well stocked on batteries, flashlights, canned goods, and dry food. We had enough to last a few days without power at least. We also have a hand crank radio to keep up with any major news. iPads, laptops, and wireless cards are charging in case power goes out and we need to access e-mail or the internet.

On Friday on the way home from work, I picked up a case of bottled water while the cashier joked about people “freaking out” over the storm. I told her I’d like to have it around the house, storm or no storm.

On Saturday we went shopping, and on the way home we stopped at Whole Foods and got some fresh meat and vegetables. If we lost power, it probably wouldn’t happen until sometime on Monday, but we knew if we had some fresh food we wouldn’t have to dig into any of our non-perishables for a day or two if the worst happened (and as of writing this now I’ve only eaten one chocolate chip granola bar as a snack). Again, nothing that anyone sane would consider over prepared, just a fully stocked fridge and pantry.

After dropping off our shopping bags and groceries, I ran out to the store Saturday night and grabbed two gallons of water.

Was I stressed on Sunday when everyone really started to freak out about the weather? Nope. I had listened to Glenn.

Sunday night I made a trip to the store to get coffee, the one thing neither of us remembered to pick up earlier in the week. Luckily that was all we needed. Milk, bread, and most other staples were cleared out and people were stocking up on cereal and Pop Tarts.

Now, none of the above should be considered “super” prepared. Glenn and his family could last over a month with the food he has stored in the event of an emergency (maybe less if he doesn’t change his eating habits for the apocalypse). I told myself I would make a Go Bag that weekend of Irene, and I still haven’t. I told myself I would always have three days worth of water, and I still had to go to the store to be prepared (In my defense, my fiance dipped into all the “emergency water” over the past year). I should have more than just three days of non-perishable food.

But at least I’m not scrambling around trying to find supplies hours before a potentially deadly and devastating storm. And that sense of calm, relief, and security has made the minimal effort for basic preparedness more than worth it.

And I bet I feel a whole lot better than those people who were calling Glenn crazy for talking about “food storage” and “preparation”.

On Monday's episode of "The Glenn Beck Radio Program," Glenn opened up about the tragic death of his brother-in-law, Vincent Colonna Jr., who passed away unexpectedly on April 5. He also shared some of the important thoughts and insights he's learned through the grieving process.

"Last Monday, I was sitting in this chair ... the two-minute warning comes and Stu said to me, 'You ready for the show?'' ... And that's when my wife [Tania] came to the door of the studio here at our house and said, 'I...' and she held the phone up. And then she collapsed on the floor in tears," Glenn began. "Tania's brother had passed. To say this was a shock, is an understatement."

Glenn described his brother-in-law as having "a servant's spirit."

"He was always the guy who lit up the room. He was always the guy helping others. He would never stop, because he was always helping others," Glenn said of Vincent. "He was on the school board. He was a little league coach. He was the soccer coach. He helped build the church. He took care of the lawn of the church. He was constantly doing things, raising money for charity, working over here, helping to organize this. But he was never the guy in the spotlight. He was just the guy doing it, and you had no idea how much he had done because he never talked about it.

"We also didn't know how much mental anguish he was in because he never talked about it. And last Monday morning, after spending Easter with the family ... he killed himself. This is now the third family member of mine that has gone through this. And I keep seeing it play out over and over and over again, in exactly the same way."

Glenn described his thoughts as he, Tania, and her family struggled to come to grips with the devastating loss.

"I learned some really important things as I was watching this wake. I'm seeing these people from all walks of life ... the people that were there, were there because [Vince] made a difference in their life. He was a true servant. As I'm watching this, all that kept going through my mind was, 'by their fruits, ye shall know them.' The fruits of his labor were on display. He was a servant all the time. All the time ... he found a way to love everybody.

"There are two great commandments: Love God with all your heart and mind and soul. And love your neighbor. So those two great commandments boil down to: Love truth. Because that's what God is," Glenn said.

"Love thy neighbor. That's where joy comes from. The opposite of joy is despair, and that is the complete absence of hope ... and how do you find joy? You find joy by rooting yourself in the truth. Even if that's a truth you don't want to accept. Accept the truth," he added. "But we have to stop saying that there's nothing we can do. What are we going to do? Well, here's the first thing: stop living a lie."

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After imprisoning a pastor for refusing to follow COVID-19 restrictions, Canadian officials barricaded his church. And when some church members retaliated by tearing down part of the fence, Canadian Mounties arrived in riot gear.

Rebel News Founder Ezra Levant joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to give his insight on the crazy situation. He described the new, armed police presence surrounding GraceLife Church in Edmonton, Alberta, and how it not only encouraged hundreds of protesters to stand with the church in support but forced congregation members underground to worship as well.

What's happening is eerily similar to what occurs everyday in China, Levant says, and it must stop. Who would have thought this type of tyranny would be so close to home?

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Enough prayers? Why is supposed Catholic Joe Biden suggesting that Congress ought to stop praying for after someone commits acts of gun violence?

On Friday, Stu Burguiere and Pat Gray filled in for Glenn and discussed President Joe Biden's remarks during his speech on gun control. "Enough prayers. Time for some action," Biden said. Stu and Pat were surprised how dismissive Biden appeared to be on the idea of prayer.

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Just days after Canadian pastor James Coates was released from prison for refusing to bow to COVID-19 lockdown restrictions, several police officers showed up at another church to ensure restrictions were being followed. But Polish pastor Artur Pawlowski of the Cave of Adullam Church in Alberta, Canada, knew his rights, telling the cops not to come back until they had a warrant in hand.

Filling in for Glenn Beck on the radio program this week, Pat Gray and Stu Burguiere played a video of the interaction.

"Please get out. Please get out of this property immediately. Get out!" Pawlowski can be heard yelling at the six officers who entered his church.

"Out! Out! Out! Get out of this property immediately until you come back with a warrant," he continued. "Go out and don't come back. I don't want to talk to you. You Nazis, Gestapo is not allowed here! ... Nazis are not welcome here! Do not come back you Nazi psychopaths. Unbelievable sick, evil people. Intimidating people in a church during the Passover! You Gestapo, Nazi, communist fascists! Don't you dare come back here!"

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