Master's Message

June (July and August), 2019

Brethren,

The days are getting longer and warmer, and the Lodge will be going dark soon, but that doesn't mean a lack of activity.
Please keep the trestle board handy for the various summer events including the Budget Session, Barn Raising and the Annual picnic.
The proposed bylaws of our anticipated consolidation with Revelation #180 are available and that vote will be the second meeting in September. If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to me WB Wick or WB Steve. This affects the future of your lodge, so all inquiries are encouraged and welcomed.

Finally, I have always been intrigued with the stories of Masons during the Civil War, and the following story from Bro. Richard E. Shields, Jr. resonated with me.

Toward the end of the Civil War a number of Confederate prisoners of war were being held in the vicinity of Winchester, Virginia, where they were guarded by a regiment of Ohio troops. One afternoon a young major accompanied the regimental surgeon on his hospital rounds among the prisoners.

"The young officer noticed that although the surgeon stopped at each bed, at some he gave tobacco, sometimes some money which he peeled from a large roll in his pocket and to others, advice that had nothing to do with the patient's medical condition. The major's curiosity was raised as to why this surgeon would give aid over and above what was expected to the dirty, ragged prisoners. The surgeon replied that he was a Mason and that since the wounded prisoners were Masons, "it was not only his duty but also his pleasure to relieve their wants to the limit of his ability, regardless of their rank or condition."

The major, touched by these actions, expressed a wish to become a Mason…."

It got me thinking about our opening prayer "may all our thoughts, words and actions be in accordance with our professions as Masons…"

It made me reflect on my daily actions, and if I would have acted the same as the surgeon in the story above, also how my actions may affect those around me… Just some food for thought during these upcoming patio weather nights.

Be well my Brethren,

Michael Foster 

 

   

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