I met a dear old man today,Who wore a Masonic pin,
It was old and faded like the man,It's edges were worn quite thin.
I approached the park bench where he sat,To give the old brother his due,
I said, "I see you've traveled east,"He said, "I have, have you?"
I said, "I have, and in my dayBefore the all seeing sun,
I played in the rubble, with Jubala,Jubalo and Jubalum."
He shouted, "don't laugh at the work my son,It's good and sweet and true,
And if you've traveled as you said,You should give these things their due."
The word, the sign the token,The sweet Masonic prayer,
The vow that all have taken,Who've climbed the inner stair.
The wages of a Mason,are never paid in gold,
But the gain comes from contentment,when you're weak and growing old.
You see, I've carried my obligations,For almost fifty years,
It has helped me through the hardships and the failures full of tears.
Now I'm losing my mind and body, Death is near but I don't despair,
I've lived my life upon the level, And I'm dying upon the square.
Sometimes the greatest lessons Are those that are learned anew,
And the old man in the park today has changed my point of view.
To all Masonic brothers, The only secret is to care,
May you live your life upon the level, May you part upon the square.
March 15, 2011
First, I would like to thank you all for your continued support for our Country, our Brothers, Our Grand Lodge,Our District, and your local Blue Lodge.
I would like to address a growing concern. That concern is our continuing decline of Masons. Over the years, the older Masons are traveling the road that leads them to the Celestial
Lodge. And there are fewer men joining the Masons these days. We would hope that you would be thinking about a good candidate to come in and join our ranks to help the Craft with the labor.
Secondly, it weighs heavily on my heart, that Lodge attendance is down. I realize, in todays fast paced life, that our cable tow can be stretched to its limit. However, I encourage you to revisit you obligation and return to lodge as often as you can. The Brethren need everyone of us to complete the labor set forth before the Craft. So, Please remember your obligation and consider this an official summons.
Now, at Bradford Lodge Number 35, I have set the Craft to labor with proper instruction to bring out Lodge back to it’s former glorious state. The repairs on the Lodge are underway and we need everyone to contribute to this great undertaking. The ceilings are going to be repaired, the kitchen is going to be repaired, we need doors and door jams repaired, walls painted, and much more. So I am asking that all able Brethren assist us in this great undertaking.
Worshipful Master Bradford 35
I hope the new year finds you in good health and spirit. And I hope our new year is as successful as our last. We have laid the foundation to bring our Lodge back to the glorious state it once was. I pray, as our Lodge has gone through a lot of improvements, we will continue to strive in this endeavor. We have a great dedication to our Lodge, Brethren, and Craft; and with this dedication I believe we can use the momentum set forth from the years past to continue our journey to improve the building as well as grow as Masons. We have new brothers joining and advancing, let us continue to support their efforts as they strive to receive more light in their journey.
In the coming years I believe we can raise money to help in our community as well as continue repairs to the Lodge itself. I ask each and everyone of you to support these efforts to ensure the health of our future in the Lodge, community and as well as in our personal lives.
With the New Year starting, let us look forward to continue our journey. I thank you very much, and I hope to serve you more this ensuing year.
January 10, 2011
I would like to personally thank each and every person present at the installation of Officers, held at Bradford Lodge No. 35. And I would especially like to thank those brothren that were present to make it possible. I am deeply endebted to you.