By Noble Jefferson C. Lake, Chaplain,
Hello and Blessings My Brothers,
It has been a while since my last communication, and it is great to be with you all again. It is February and the excitement and stress of the holidays are over, but we still have challenges ahead.
It is true that we still have COVID to contend with and will for some time. We have lost friends, relatives, neighbors, and brothers but we are still truly blessed: We have a beautiful new building; brothers and their families are coming back; we continue to expand and upgrade our facilities; and we are bringing in new members and families with new ideas and energy. We also have a new Potentate, a new Divan, new club, and unit leaders, and also a new addition to our chaplain’s staff, The Reverend Noble Frank Spears. We are making progress, and these are exciting times.
In the midst all these blessings, as well as the hustle and bustle of our temple and ordinary lives, we must remember to take time to pause and reflect on who gave us these and all the blessings of our corporate and individual lives.
We have loyalties to our nation, families, friends, and brothers but it is The Great and Grand Creator of the Universe that we must truly serve. We must put aside our petty disputes and grievances a midst ourselves and with all our neighbors. We need to work together for the betterment of humankind and the rest of God’s creation.
The divisions with other people in our lives must cease for we cannot make any progress until we are reconciled with our brothers and sisters. We don’t have to agree with them, but we do have to respect their views and wishes. That is the American way, the Masonic way, the Shriners way, and finally God’s way. We must forgive, not judge, remember the mistakes of our past, and move on to do the work that or Creator has given us to do. Changes and challenges are sure to come but we are not alone and with God’s help we can do almost anything.
So, my Brothers lets join hands, move forward together, and do the work that our Creator has given us to do.
May the Peace of The Lord, and the blessings of Almighty God go with you and those you love, now and forever. Amen!