Life is kind of like that, ups and downs, unexpected events, tears of not only sadness but also of joys. Sometimes it can get just plain overwhelming. During those times it may seem like, now what do I do? There are many answers and not all of them fit for everyone, but their are some basic Truths and one is that most of the time we can't do it alone.
We need to remember that we are never alone, whatever your spiritual beliefs, it is my opinion that He never gives you more than you can handle. You just need to ask for help. Not only do you need to ask Him, but also your closest friends or in the case of Freemasonry, the Brothers. The bonds of Fraternal Friendship are more than just acquaintances, it is just what it says, Brotherly Love and Friendship. We foster the friendships such that a Brother should always feel comfortable enough to ask any question. It is what families do.
When growing up, my brothers and I were blessed to have had parents that gave us strong religious training. One of the stories I remember well as a youth was when one of the Tribes of Israel had the belief that they were to weak to survive. One of the leaders then held up one stick and broke it easily representing one Tribe, then he put 12 sticks in his hand and as hard as he tried, he could not break them. There is strength in numbers and the strength is gained by bonds created. The bonds of Masonic Fraternal friendship is one of the strongest on Earth.
This year I would like to perhaps share a little of what we teach within our Lodge as it seems to be of interest to many. To start with, most of this can be found on many of the thousands of web sites that exist on the computer. The lessons that we teach are basic ones and promote personal development by reinforcing moral principles. One of the working tools of the operative or ancient working stonemason was a plumb line. It was a string with a weight on it and as it hung, it was always upright with the earth. When the stonemasons cut a stone for building, it was a tool to make the stone surface vertical and kept the wall plumb or upright, true to the Earth. It teaches or reminds us to be morally upright in our behavior. To me, whenever I see a true vertical line, it reminds me to be morally upright. This could be a street light pole, the wall of a house, a door jamb, the edge of a stove or refrigerator, whatever. It is a constant reminder to be morally upright in my behavior and lead by example as a role model.
As we go through the year, I hope to bring you more of the lessons so you can understand what we as Masons learn and emulate.
Until later, God Bless.