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GREAT LIGHT

“Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in

unity!"

"It is like the precious ointment upon the head, that ran down upon the

beard, even Aaron's beard: that went down to the skirts of his garments;

As the dew of Hermon, and as the dew that descended upon the mountains

of Zion: for there the Lord commanded the blessing, even life

forevermore."

 

Brethren, I consider myself to be a "Traveling Man" in Masonry. In speculative

Masonry, we as Master Masons may freely move from Lodge to Lodge (visiting)

and, upon proper avouchment or by testing, be found worthy of attending a

Lodge of Master Masons. My job takes me to many locations domestically and

internationally, and I do take advantage of this opportunity and visit lodges

when able.

 

The one thing that is a constant within all the lodges I have visited, regardless

of location, is the concern the brethren have regarding low attendance at the

stated meetings.

 

I started this message with the passage above, that we are all very familiar

with. This message that I impart on you is a part of a larger masonic education

piece I have put together, but I wanted to share some of it with you at this

time. My rationale for this is because the passage above is a good reminder of

why it is so essential for us to take time to attend Lodge whenever possible.

 

"Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in

unity!" – We each face daily challenges in our lives, and our body and mind

require an opportunity to refresh and renew. What a blessing to have the

opportunity that enables us to meet with others in an environment free of

politics, personal status, issues of the outside world, etc.! Coming together to

meet as equals for the common good.

 

"It is like the precious ointment upon the head, that ran down upon the

beard, even Aaron's beard: that went down to the skirts of his garments;"

The "ointment or oil" was used for setting one apart from, and for blessing

them in preparation of an upcoming task. Unity and fellowship are like

anointing oil in someone's life. The physical and mental renewal and recharge

that is experienced by attending Lodge and being with your brethren are all-encompassing for your body and mind, head to toe!

 

 

"As the dew of Hermon, and as the dew that descended upon the mountains

of Zion" – Just as the dew provides moisture and reinvigorates life as it

descends to the lower elevations, so does brotherly love, descending from the higher to the lower, the passing of knowledge and strength, refreshing and

enlivening in the course of the gathering, and the sweet diffusiveness of

brotherly unity.

 

"for there the Lord commanded the blessing,"– The Great Architect with these

words gives strength to support to perform that which is commanded. It is

good, for the Great Architect calls it a blessing.

 

Finally, "even life forevermore." – Regeneration, which will never cease.

Brethren, ask yourself, "Why is it that you are not regularly attending stated

meetings?" If you think that the Lodge doesn't miss you or that the Lodge is

doing fine in your absence, remember the quote by Aristotle, "The whole is

greater than the sum of its parts." When we connected, when we all come

together in unity, imagine what we could do, rather than as smaller parts

trying to accomplish the same.

 

If you need assistance in getting to Lodge, please let a Lodge member know,

and we will find a way to get you here. If you require anything, let a Lodge

member know. Brethren, look around in Lodge and look for those missing and

reach out to them. Ask them if they need any assistance and arrange for a

visit.

 

May the Great Architects blessings be with you and yours.

Thanks to:

SK Ernest (Ernie) Miranda iWhite Mountain Lodge #3 Arizona

 

Submitted by LEO PM Roger McNear

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WHY ARE YOU A MASON

What gave you the urge a Mason to be? To join our Fraternity ancient and free, Was some Brother talking a bit out of turn? And did you cock an ear to see what you could learn? Or did somebody give you a hint on the sly, That you'd not be invited but would have to apply? Or was your wife's father a Past Master no less, Well what ever it was there isn't a doubt, That you'd hardly a clue what the Craft's all about, Until tonight when you stood at the door, Divested of metal and sightless and poor. You knelt there in prayer when the questions had ceased, You passed round the lodge and advanced to the East. Your vows being taken and hoodwinked no more, You continued your journey once more round the floor. At the north eastern corner the lesson was plain,

That Charity must be a Freemason's aim. You retired from the Lodge, would have welcomed a rest, But in no time at all you come back fully dressed. You summoned your pluck standing there on the floor, You'd endured quite a lot but there wasn't much more. The piece-de-resistance, the Charge came at last,

And for truth and for wisdom it can't be surpassed, You'll hear it again a hundred times yet, And I hope that its lessons you'll never forget. Thus your First Degree ended, It had been quite a day, Now please listen carefully to what I have to say, You're one foot on the ladder, and your climb will be slow, But when you reach the top just look humbly below. And think of tonight when you stood at the door, Divested of metal, sightless and poor.

Source: By Brother Walter Perkins

Submitted by WB Roger McNear

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A Lodge of Sorrow

Brethren,

The roll of the workman has been taken, but several brothers did not respond.

 

 

 

 



Their earthly labors are complete and their tools are at rest as they now labor in the Celestial Lodge above.

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