Brethren,

It's the little things in our Masonic journey that sometimes give us the greatest pleasure, as our Provincial Grand Chaplain reminds us in this week's Flourishing Thoughts. I'm certain you will have a chuckle to yourselves on reading his words and then reminiscing on some of your own experiences.

Brother Andrew Mushet,

Provincial Grand Master of Glasgow

Greetings Brethren,

I was just tidying up my Masonic stuff the other day, much of it not used for a considerable time now.  Sorting out my regalia and looking over the diploma’s – you put them away one at a time as you get them but when was the last time you looked at them?  If you do I think you’ll find the pile has become extensive.  As I looked through them I had lots of happy memories that came flooding back.  For example I joined the Mariners at Cam’nethan 321 when I was a parish minister in Wishaw (don’t hold that against me) and looking at the diploma reminded me of many a happy Wednesday evening upstairs in Lodge St. Clair 427’s premises.  It struck me that many of my happy memories as I’ve travelled around have been in Masonic Lodges.  I fondly recall my early days in the craft at my Mother Lodge, the de Carteret Lodge 3459 in Jersey and long nights in harmony after a three course dinner.  These are my memories and I’m sure you’ll all have yours, equally long and equally happy.  Brethren this pandemic has been awful but take a leaf out of my book – sift through your Masonic memories and get them in order.  Dwell on them, have a smile; maybe even a laugh but remember, when this is all over we’ll be back in our Lodges , surrounded by friends and forging a whole new set of happy memories.  Keep well and stay safe and in the words of the recently departed Dame Vera Lynn “we’ll meet again” but my hope is that it’s sooner rather than later.

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

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