The warm weather is upon us. Barbecues and beach weather. We are going dim for the months of July and August I want all the brothers to enjoy the time with your family and friends.
Being a Mason has many responsibilities, and being an officer has even more. At the end of the day though, family is most important. As many of us know you can get very involved within masonry with all the appendant bodies and all the events that we do. So please take this time to put your family first. Show the loved ones who support you without them you would not be the individual you are. Take your spouse out to a special dinner, bring your kids (if you have them) to an event they enjoy. Make unforgettable memories that you can carry with you forever!
Sincerely and Fraternally,
Brother John E Gates
The Silent Summons
A member of a certain Lodge, who previously attended meetings regularly, stopped going. After a few months, the Worshipful Master decided to visit him. It was a chilly evening, and the Worshipful Master found his brother at home alone, sitting before a blazing fire.
Guessing the reason for the Worshipful Master’s visit, the brother welcomed him, led him to a comfortable chair near the fireplace and waited. The Worshipful Master made himself comfortable, but said nothing.
In the grave silence, he contemplated the dance of the flames around the burning logs. After several minutes, the Worshipful Master took the fire tongs, carefully picked up a brightly burning ember and placed it to one side of the hearth, all alone. Then he sat back in his chair, still silent.
His host watched all of this in quiet contemplation. As the one, lone ember’s flame flickered and diminished, there was a momentary glow, and its fire was no more. Soon, it was cold and dead.
Not a word had been spoken since the initial greeting. The Worshipful Master glanced at his watch and chose this time to leave. He slowly stood up, picked up the cold, dead ember, and placed it back in the middle of the fire. Immediately, it began to glow once more, with all the light and warmth of the burning coals around it.
As the Worshipful Master reached the door to leave, his host said, with a tear running down his cheek, “Thank you so much for your fiery summons, my brother. I’ll be back in our Lodge next meeting.”