Tidings from the West
Fraternal Greetings Brethren.
Fall has arrived. The leaves are changing color. It is hard to take in that we have just three months left in the 2014 Masonic Year. Soon enough, we’ll be thinking on matters such as election of Lodge Officers for the 2015 Masonic year, the Past Master’s Night/Dinner, etc. Still, there is work left to be done in the Light of Masonry in the time we have left in 2014. Let us remain diligent and faithful throughout the remainder of 2014. Let us continue to build using only tempered mortar in Speculative Freemasonry. “Sometimes, in life, we build our walls and our foundations with untempered (un-mixed in proper proportion) things. Our egos and our pride often get in the way and we “daub” (to smear over what we feel our lives should be in order to appear better than we are) that wall or foundation with “untampered” mortar to cover the sloppy workmanship we have allowed in our lives thus far. Masonry gently reminds us and shows us some practical ways to remove that mortar and replace it with a solid properly mixed mortar so that our lives will reflect the good work our Father in Heaven has started in us. “The Lord, through Ezekiel, described the false prophets as those who would daub a wall with untampered mortar: “
One built a wall, and, the others daubed it with untampered mortar: Say unto them which daub it with untampered mortar, that it shall fall: there shall be an overflowing shower; and ye, O great hailstones, shall fall; and a stormy wind shall rend it. Lo, when the wall is fallen, shall it not be said unto you, Where is the daubing wherewith ye have daubed it?” (Ezekiel 13:10b -12 KJV) “
1. What are some of the times when we have been tempted to take shortcuts when we have failed to invest the time to properly “temper” our mortar? What are the long-term results of these actions?
2. How can we improve the way we “temper our mortar” and avoid the temptation to “daub” our work in our Lodge as we continue our development as Speculative Freemasons? How will this impact our education in Lodges, our ritual, and our work with new apprentices?
3. How can we recognize the times when we might serve as an example of true craftsmanship as we build our lives on the solid foundation of Speculative Freemasonry, which started in the Northeast Corner at the right of the Worshipful Master?
Ref: The Short Talk Bulletin, Untempered Mortar, Vol. 91, March 2013, No.3
Jim Lee, Senior Warden