Tidings from the West
Greetings from the West. Warm weather is upon us, and the sweet smell of grass and flowers fills the air. The Spring is a special time for me to reflect upon the Greatness of Nature which the Grand Artificer has heaped upon us. Take some time to enjoy some of it.
Our educational feature for May will be a report on the classes attended by your Brothers at the 2015 Grand Lodge Masonic Leadership Seminar this past March 21st. There were many varied and interesting presentations, and we were able to cover all of them between the four officers who attended.
The Lodge is a Cradle and initiation is birth, by which man makes his advent into a new world. The Cable-Tow, by which we may be detained or removed should we be unworthy or unwilling to advance, is like the cord which joins a child to its mother at birth. Nor it is removed until, by a voluntary act, we assume the obligations of a man, a new unseen tie is woven in our hearts. Henceforth we are united by an invisible bond to the service of the race. In the First Degree we are symbolically born out of darkness into the light of moral truth and duty, out of a merely physical into a spiritual world. Symbolically we enter into a new environment, as the child does at birth, with a new body of motive and law, taking vows to live by the highest standard of values. In other words, an Entered Apprentice discovers his own Divinity - learns who he is, why he is here, and what he is here to do. No secret that science can uncover is half so thrilling. Finding a new star out on the edge of the sky is nothing alongside the discovery of God in the soul.
Brother Denny Wilcox