The superb news about the roll out of the COVID 19 Vaccine has, without a doubt, lifted the spirits of the nation just at the right time as we head towards the winter solstice. Of course there are still several months of trying times ahead, however, out of the darkness we will welcome the approaching light.

Our Chaplain in this edition of Flourishing Thoughts asks us to prepare and remain positive for the year ahead.

I and my Commission look forward to being in your company, once again, in the hopefully not too distant future. In the meantime,  please enjoy a peaceful Christmas and a prosperous New Year.

Brother Andrew Mushet,
Provincial Grand Master of Glasgow

Dear Friends and Brethren,

Living in the modern world can be a very uncertain thing. You just need look at what’s happened this year with COVID. People losing their jobs and families being kept apart and even torn apart; isolation the dominant feature for many. Even the violence of war and disaster seems to have found a way to proceed with their mayhem despite global restrictions. 2020 has not been a good year. Even in our craft it seems so long since I was last in a lodge room with fellow brethren that I’m thinking asking the PGM to run a refresher course on signs and symbols for Office-bearers. Sadly, that’s not that funny.
It’s my hope that what’s happening now is that we’re exiting a bad year and that we’re entering a good one. Throughout this lockdown I’ve tried to urge brethren to be positive, to look forward and to be supportive but as time has passed that’s become more difficult. Someone told a joke about two men in a pub the other day and I thought “when was the last time I was in a pub”, the joke just didn’t seem funny after that.
Hard as it is we need to retain that positive disposition that for many will seem like something consigned to history.
Remember brethren, we are Masons.  It’s us who’ve historically raised the cash for all sorts of projects and groups in our communities; that’s who we are. We’re the doers not the mopers. So as this year ends I urge you all to get your heads in order for 2021 will be a good year, a year in which we’ll take all we’ve learned in 2020 and turn it into the 2021 positives. Let’s bury COVID in our minds and get ready.  Phone around, send your Christmas cards, bring a wee bit of cheer to your friends and family. They say smiles are contagious too so start your own epidemic. Get ready for the way out and I’ll see you in the Lodge rooms soon.

Merry Christmas!!!!!

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

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