I am delighted to present the first monthly edition of Flourishing Thoughts from our Provincial Grand Chaplain. Over the past several months I have received many communications from Brethren from within and outside the Province thanking our Chaplain for his weekly pastoral guidance during this unprecedented situation, we are enduring, in our lifetime. As we tackle this virus daily our Chaplain is now expanding his thoughts for your guidance.
'Let Glasgow Freemasonry Flourish '
More than that, let Freemasonry around the globe ' Flourish '
Brother Andrew Mushet,
Provincial Grand Master of Glasgow
Our Depute Provincial Grand Master Brother Alan Cuthill recently shared some thoughts with me on humility and service in which he highlighted the interconnectedness of the two. Our order and indeed all masonic orders are hierarchical in nature. I suppose you could say that there’s a greasy pole to climb for those so disposed. This isn’t a bad thing as working through offices is an opportunity to serve the Lodge and Province and through these to offer meaningful service to our community. The nature of our service is coloured by our motivations whilst giving that service – is it for our benefit or others? It’s here that humility comes in to play. Alan spoke of “ordinary people doing the ordinary things, extraordinarily well; hardworking Brethren seeking no reward or recognition, but merely humbly serving their Brethren and the greater good”. I think it’s this that’s at the heart of freemasonry. Don’t get me wrong when I first sat on a Masonic Chair it was with an incredible sense of pride and achievement that I did so but at the same time reminded of the Roman Triumph where the slave would whisper in the general’s ear “Remember you are mortal”. I think to paraphrase this you’d say ‘you’re not a great man; just an ordinary man presented with an opportunity to serve’. I’m also very aware that when things go incredibly well that these are often the times in which we’ve pulled together best. They say there’s no “I” in team, that’s what’s at the very heart of this. We set aside the belief that we’re personally indispensable and reach out to those around us and if we do so with humility in our hearts then people respond to that brand of leadership. Brethren, this isn’t just a matter for those with the responsibility of leadership – it belongs to us all. It’s in the manner we welcome an initiate, how eager we are to make the tea at harmony, it’s in the ear we’re willing to help a brother when he’s struggling. Brethren we say we put our trust in God; well this is actually God’s way. To serve for the greater good without thought of self. To put others first and to love bounteously. I don’t know about you but I’d love to be in that order. Keep safe!
Brother Rev. Robert Craig,
Provincial Grand Chaplain of Glasgow