Brethren,

May being the month of Spring in the Northern Hemisphere , let us trust that as we head out of this month into Summer that we are also able to spring forward and prosper in our collective efforts to get back to a more normal way of living. Keep focussed and look forward to meeting in fellowship and harmony once again.
 
Brother Andrew Mushet,
Provincial Grand Master of Glasgow 
 
Dear Brethren,
 
Last week I had to cancel my holiday to France, I wouldn’t mind but this is the same holiday I postponed from last year and I’ve now rescheduled for next year.  Am I being too optimistic?  Should I just surrender, ask for my deposit back and settle for a day trip to Berwick?  I don’t think so.  The pandemic has been hard on all of us; in my day job I’m meeting all sorts of people who have had a rubbish time in recent months.  People who’ve been shut up and isolated, people brought low by the daily difficulties they face and I get that.  What I also get is the hope in the middle of all this.  Hope that makes you keep rebooking the holiday that keeps slipping through your fingertips; hope that makes you look towards the sunny horizon always anticipating the good times beyond it.  Hope is key, without hope you might as well just throw in the towel.  We all need it, friends, family, colleagues and brethren – hope is the power to not only keep putting one foot in front of the other but to relish the prospect.  I therefore urge you all to embrace hope at the very centre of your lives because you will grow and you will benefit from this but this isn’t enough.  For hope to take root and grow in our communities you need to be planting the seed of hope in others.  So get out there where you can, pick up the phone where you can’t and inject hope into the lives of those that are dear to you.  Who said one person can’t make a difference?  You can!!! Keep safe Brethren and every blessing be upon you.
 
Brother Rev. Robert Craig
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