Many of you have served in one or more wars and, as a result, have seen horrors the rest of us cannot begin to imagine. Many of you have lived through multiple crises – you are the testament that we will survive this time and there is hope for a better day.
As Masons, those a part of this fraternity or connected in some manner – man, woman, or child – we have a duty to act better and be better. We all have people we love and want to protect. The natural thing most times is to take what you need and let others fend for themselves.
We cannot be this way. I urge my brethren and their families to exercise caution and care during this time. Please stay home, stay isolated from groups and those who do not live with you, stay active both mentally and physically in your homes if you can, keep healthy, avoid excess.
Insofar as Lodge; the month of April is dark. This means there are no practices, meetings or any kind, or social gatherings to be had at Lodge. As Master, I have made the necessary preparations to address Lodge Business. If Coaching is needed, please contact your coach and proceed over the phone in a secure manner.
In addition to the State Order of to stay at home and avoid gatherings of more than 10, the Lodge is doing its part to keep everyone safe by complying with those Orders. This virus is something we cannot see to avoid and, the only way to protect against it right now is to avoid unnecessary contact. As of right now, the State has it Order in effect until Monday, April 19, 2020. The reality is that this will likely be extended for another month so, please continue to be prepared.
I leave you all with this. This was not what I imagined for my year – no one did. On a personal level, 2020 was supposed to be filed with so much more for me. But, “man plans, and God laughs.” I, myself, have been doing the best that I can to find silver linings in this dark cloud. I’ve been focused on losing weight since my wedding has been moved, I have been spending more time with family rather than working every chance I get, I have been learning to identify what are my needs vs. necessities in life, I have been observing myself to chip away some of the rough parts of me. Believe me when I say this, no crisis is without hope because without hope we have, nothing. Without hope, we surrender our faith in God, we surrender what makes us human. In my darkest times, I have recited to myself, “this too, shall pass.” I don’t know where I heard it first, but one-day in some situation, I started saying it to myself. It’s helped me get through an Everest of trials in life. Please take care and exercise caution. Keep hope.
This Too, Shall Pass.
Fraternally from the East,