As I stood at the Veterans' Memorial , Knightswood Cross, along with Brother Alan Cuthill , Depute Provincial Grand Master and Brother Stephen Urie , Provincial Grand Senior Warden to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the end of WW2 some words of our Provincial Grand Chaplain from this week's Flourishing Thoughts echoed 'have I done as much as I could ? ' Well those brave men and women from that era certainly gave their all during a dark time. Are we Freemasons today, albeit in a different context,  giving our best to overcome our present difficulty ? I would like to think we are.

Brother Andrew Mushet,
Provincial Grand Master of Glasgow

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Greetings Brethren,

Like me you maybe look back over things and wonder if you’ve handled them as well as you could have.  We like to believe in our own legend, our own infallibility, but that doesn’t always ring true.  As life with the pandemic establishes itself in everyday life we find time for questions – have I done as much as I could? Have we as a society really done our best to contain this?  Even our government and treasured institutions like the NHS are now beginning to feel the weight of public scrutiny fall upon them.  Brethren, we are broken creatures; very much fallible and prone to mistake.  There will always be times in our lives when we get things wrong but that doesn’t by definition make us guilty.  At the heart of this remains our motives; if we’ve got it wrong out of some sort of self serving motivation then we need to answer for that but what if our intentions were good and events just overtook us?  I think that’s most often how it is.  We try to do what’s right and something unforeseen derails the whole project.  I wonder how often this has happened in this pandemic?  In our lives, in our communities, in our craft, in our institutions and in government.  It’s easy to lay blame at the door of others because of our own perceptions; to seek payment in full to ease our own conscience but is that really necessary?  How would we feel if the door before which the blame was laid was ours?  Especially if all we’d done was our best.  Brethren, our order is founded on brotherly love – to me that means openness, support, compassion and care; that’s got to add up to understanding surely?  As the world now begins to line itself up for the blame game we as Freemasons must ask ourselves how should I be in this?  Should we be hollering for blood with all the rest or should I, in the spirit of brotherly love, be seeing past the chaos of the present into the motivations of the heart?  As the world looks for somewhere to pin the blame should we not be looking for opportunities of reconstruction extending that spirit of brotherly, and sisterly love, into our circle of friends and our community and blessing them all with the tenets of our craft that have guided us throughout our lives.  Look after yourselves Brethren.

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

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