Tidings from the West
What a terrific month May was as we saw two brothers raised to the sublime degree of Master Mason! Then, wasn't it grand to see Brother Rory Youngberg receive his 50 years in Masonry Pin that was presented by MWGM Drew Sanders? This milestone in Br. Youngberg's Masonic travels reminds me of the father's response to his son's question "What is a Mason?" which was as follows while sort of misquoting John Wesley :
"Son, a Mason is a man
Who does all the good he can,
In as many ways as he can,
In as many places as he can,
For as long as he can." (Short Talk Bulletin, "It Shall Be Life!" Vol.92, March 2014, No. 3)
Now, June has arrived. No, not Miss. June Carter, but the month of June. June ushers in summer for us. We will find ourselves busier than ever this year with family outings, picnics in the park, Independence Day celebrations in July and lots of things to do around the house with Gardening, home repairs and yard work. I just got my lawn mower tuned up for the Season and already the grass in my yard is screaming "Cut me, cut me!” Let us in this busy time in June remain diligent in our attendance at Lodge as we seek to gain as much light in Masonry that we can before Summer's on-set of darkness in the Lodge.
I hope and trust that all Brother's will have an enjoyable and safe summer. As a kind of "heads-up", there is talk of continuing our practice of the ritual even though the Lodge will be dark. This will assist in making us even more proficient in the ritual when we return to Open Lodge after summer.
Continue to remain vigilant in your Masonic walk so that men who are good men but non-masons will want to be a Mason like you. Remember.....
"Freemasonry can never be fully understood by someone who has not himself knelt where Hiram knelt. An outsider, however diligent his or her work is, without the benefit of actually undergoing the various degrees that take us on our own individual path of inner reflection that is the Craft, only sees the shadow cast by Freemasonry and not Freemasonry itself. "(Chris McClintock, Author of, The Craft and The Cross)
SW F.L. “Jim” Lee, Jr. , Senior Warden