This month Is a time to pause and reflect on those who gave the ultimate sacrifice so that future generations could live in a better world. At the very least Brethren, let us attempt in our daily lives to use our Masonic principles to remember them and live up to their ideals.
Brother Andrew Mushet,
Provincial Grand Master of Glasgow
Remembering is a thing that we masons do. Pacing the pavements, wandering the woods or roaming around reservoirs trying to cram all that ritual into our heads and not in the short term either. How often have you shown up at a meeting to be told we’re short of some office and asked if you can stand in? So, away you go to a quiet place to recall those words learned years before and not used for many months. Aye, masons are good at remembering; it’s in our DNA. At this time of year remembering comes to the fore again – not ritual, but remembering sacrifice. Sacrifice made by so many, often by Freemasons, on the altar of freedom. Sacrifice to keep tyranny at bay and allow everyone to go about their business in peace and safety. Today we enjoy relative peace but that peace is bought and paid for by the service of others. It’s easy to take that for granted; to not think about this cost. Sure, we put money in the collecting can when it’s waved under our noses but how often do we really weigh up that cost. At this moment in time how many veterans are struggling somewhere with disabilities that are a cost of their service; how many service personnel right now are in immediate danger? Do we reflect on the cost of that service on families and friends? Do we consider how such enforced separation troubles our soldiers, sailors and air force personnel? Children are born to absent fathers; fathers maybe that if they’re really unlucky they’ll never see. This is the cost, the brutal number-crunching reality of service. People die, people are horribly wounded, they’re sometimes left with psychological scarring often because they were sent to a place they never asked to go. Peace doesn’t come on of its own volition; if we wait it won’t fall into our lap like a much desired birthday present; because of human nature it won’t come just because some wish it. It requires good men and good women to sacrifice, to gamble with what the rest of us hold far too precious to even play the game with. This is what we ask day after day of all our service personnel; to do what we dare not; to pay a price we won’t consider. Surely the least we can do is honour the commitment they’ve made to us not just today on Remembrance Sunday but every hour of every day they serve. Let us celebrate their service! Let us honour their sacrifice! Let us remember them all!
Brother Rev. Robert Craig