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To: Wardens, Line Officers, Worshipful Brothers, Brethren and friends of Albert Pike Lodge.
                 
         Tidings from the East


Both of my grandfathers were men who always had a word for everyone, and were never without a story or a joke for any situation.  The entire family and their friends would usually start grinning when they launched into a story, but strangers, thinking they were serious, would listen intently until the punch line revealed itself. They also had a serious side and would take time to try to pass along their values to me.  Both were Masons, and men of impeccable character.  When I found the following story, I can almost hear either of them telling it...

Some years ago, before the era of mobile phones, a young salesman was to make a very important sales call in a nearby small town, and began to panic as he realized he was hopelessly lost on a small rural road.  To add to his problems, his older car started to overheat.  The red light on the dashboard flashed on and off several times then the car jerked to a stop with a cloud of steam rolling out from under the hood.

The young man knew the car was a lost cause, and now in a true panic at missing this very important sales call began to walk faster and faster.  No cars came by to rescue him.  Around him were fields.  Twenty minutes later, he saw a farmhouse set back from the road.  He ran to the door and knocked frantically.    An older man answered the door and the young man explained his problem.

The older man noticed the Square and Compasses lapel pin on the young man's jacket and established they were both Brothers.   "Don't worry", the young man was promised.  The older man drove him into town, waited for him while he made a successful sale, then took him into a local diner for much needed lunch.  Later, they rode back to the farmhouse where the young man found his car sitting in the front yard.  "I called my son while I was waiting for you.  He replaced your radiator hose and drove it up here for you."    Over a few cold drinks, the two shared stories into the night.

When it came time for the young man to set out for home, he asked "Did you do all these things because I'm a Mason?".  The older man said, "No, I did them because I'm a Mason."

Think carefully about that, Brothers.  I know I have.


Sincerely & Fraternally,

Lee Miller

Worshipful Master - Albert Pike Lodge 117

 

 




                

                 



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