The up and down of our current situation is superbly illustrated by our Provincial Grand Chaplain this week, I'm sure all of us can relate to his words. Indeed Freemasonry throughout its long history has had its ups and downs throughout the turbulence of many centuries, let us not forget that. However Brethren also remember, we are still standing.
As this edition is despatched our thoughts and prayers go to our Brethren, their families and the wider community in Beirut after the horrific catastrophe which befell upon them last week.

Andrew Mushet,
Provincial Grand Master of Glasgow

Greetings Brethren,

Have you ever been on a rollercoaster?  Feeling that incredible sense of anticipation as you climb to the top; feeling the fear build up a wee bit as your wife standing at the bottom holding your jacket gets smaller and smaller.  Then the rush of adrenalin  as you speed towards the bottom followed by the sheer joy as you realise you’ve survived and then start the climb all over again.  That feels uncomfortably familiar to me – that feels like life these days.  No quarantine followed by quarantine; lift lockdown followed by pause lift lockdown.  We don’t know where we are from day to day – in some instances hour by hour and all the time we go through the full range of emotions just like our rollercoaster ride.  That can bring you down or at least fill you with uncertainty and that isn’t good.  After 20 weeks of lockdown my wife and I are drawing on that last nerve;  I think we’ve spent more time in each others company in 2020 than in the other 25 years we’ve been together.  In short things aren’t easy and they don’t really seem to be getting that much easier as the possibility of a second spike looms just over the horizon.  Brethren I’m not trying to bring you down here; just trying to share something.  My granny used to say “a trouble shared is a trouble halved” and that’s so true.  Like me you may be beginning to struggle but take comfort in the fact that we’re all struggling.  That may sound daft but I’m not saying it’s good that we’re all feeling it.  What I’m saying is that if you phone a friend you may find that you’re not being the proverbial pain in the neck, that in fact they welcome that phone call because they need cheering up too.  We can go for a coffee, get a take away, sit in the park and have a blether.  As the rollercoaster train does it’s ups and downs we need to take advantage of where we are in the ride.  Use the weather and the current situation to find the time to be a balm to one another – after all, is that not at the very heart of our craft?  Brethren, keep safe and keep well.

Fraternal Blessings
Brother Rev.Robert Craig,
Provincial Grand Chaplain of Glasgow

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