Happy New Year Brothers!
As I sit here and reflect over all that 2020 through our direction, all I can say is that at this time in my life I could not be more thankful that I am a Mason. With all the trials of the last year, I could always take comfort in the fact that I knew I always had the support of my brothers should I ever need it. In return knowing that if I ever received the same call, that I would be there for my brother. In today's society not enough men have a support network they can count on 100%, no matter the situation. Whether they find themselves in a tough bind financially, or just need a brother to listen, or possibly help them through a tough spot emotionally or mentally. Brothers who will not judge but have your back without hesitation. Where I would like to see us step up this year is in reaching out to brothers that we might not have heard from or seen in a while and make sure they feel the same way and know that we are here to support them when they need it. Brothers this is our lodge and our fraternity, and we need to make sure that we take care of it.
As the sun sets on the year 2020 and the sun rises on the new year, I am filled with the sense of hope, for the future. Each day provides the opportunity to live our best day and the principle tenets of Masonry guide us to live a life that is worth living and honorable. As our weary feet traverse that plumb line to that place unknown and our grasps hold tight to the working tools of life. May the tenets of Masonry guide us as we aid, support and protect each other. Restoring peace to the trouble minds of those who are in need of sympathy for their misfortunes, practicing sincerity and plain dealing amongst the fraternity. Let us also join in the practice of rejoicing in the celebration of each other’s successes and accomplishments and measuring our accomplishments only to those that of our own.
May we live not a good life but great life. Guided by the square of truth and morality. Circumscribing our passions. Comparing ourselves only to the man we were yesterday. Proud of our accomplishments while also striving to learn, grow and improve.
May we hold tight to the love of our families and the bonds of friendship that we have formed. Remaining grateful for that love and support that enriches our lives so greatly.
Help us, heavenly father, to impact the world in a positive way, enriching the lives of those we love and promoting peace and harmony through our actions.
May the blessing of heaven rest upon you, and your loved ones, and may God richly bless you all!
Junior Warden - 2021