11/2020 - Sands Magazine

By Noble Jefferson C. Lake, Chaplain,

 

Hello My Brother Nobles,

It is November and it is time to take some time and reflect on the past eleven months. We have all been isolated from each other and our fraternity.  It has been a very trying and sad time for many of us.  Some of us have lost friends and loved ones due to this terrible disease.  It does seem like our world has turned upside down and that evil has taken over, but there are opportunities for growth even in a time of darkness.

We are still all brothers.  We still have family and friends that love us and most of all, GOD loves us.

Whether we realize it or not THE CREATOR OF THE UNIVERSE is still in control.  GOD wants us to keep up with our love to everyone that we touch.  GOD wants us to continue our mission as Shriners, as Masons, and most importantly, as men of faith.

It is certainly true that we have had many disappointments and setbacks this year.  It has been very easy to become cynical and depressed, even angry at times.  We have not moved into our new Temple home and it would seem that we are all just floating in limbo.

But who are we angry at?  Are we angry at our neighbors, the people down the street, the ones in the next country, the other political party, or is it those people who just happen to believe differently than us?  Maybe we are just angry with GOD and everybody.

Too many of us are looking for someone to blame.

Well, brothers guess what.  We are all at fault.  All of these things are certainly understandable and GOD knows our pain and our failings.

We all need to take stock of what we have been doing and thinking.  We must look inside ourselves.  What we see may not be pretty and may shock us, but we must still look and meditate on what we have done to make others in our human family suffer in some way.  We all must make amends for our selfishness and thoughtless words and deeds.  We all must come back to OUR CREATOR and make GOD great again.  After we do this, then all things will begin to fall in line.

I commend to you all, the following prayers of hope and forgiveness.  Think and on them meditate in this time of political and social unrest I guarantee that you will feel better about the world after you do.

Most merciful GOD and CREATOR of the UNIVERSE, We confess that we have sinned against you in thought word and deed, by what we have done, and by what we have left undone.  We have not loved you with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves.  We are truly sorry and we humbly repent.  For the sake of all of the prophets, saints, and martyrs, that have gone before us, have mercy on us and forgive us; that we may delight in your will, and walk in your ways to the glory of your Name. Amen.

 and this:

Grant, O GOD, that your holy and life-giving Spirit may so move every human heart, and especially the hearts of the people of this land, that the barriers which divide us may crumble, suspicions disappear, and hatreds cease; that our divisions being healed, we may all live in justice and peace.

There is hope my brothers, for us and our fraternity, our country and the world.  Remember that the sun always rises in the morning and it is always there even if it is covered by dark clouds.  The warmth of the sun and of our CREATOR’S love will strengthen us and all of human kind all of the days our lives and beyond.

Until next time my brother nobles I wish you and your families peace, and much love.

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