Robert Burns #243 Trestleboard
From the East
As my year is coming to an end I am reflecting back on all the activities we have done and I am proud to say I am a member of Robert Burns Lodge. It has been an exciting year and have we have achieved so much during this year.
First I would like to congratulate and thank are members for putting on an incredible MM degree at the Masonic Park. I am still hearing a buzz about it and am congratulated everywhere I go when I visit other Lodges. This was such a well done degree and I couldn't have asked for this to go any better. I couldn't have done it without you. All the time and practice paid off and it is wonderful that a Lodge of Brothers can come together in a collaborative effort and have the results we did. Receiving the Gavel form MWB Murray says it all!
WB Mark Goldberg
From the Editor
I have always had a soft spot for the Beehive as a symbol of Masonry. As it says in the Third Degree lecture:
"The Beehive is an emblem of industry, and suggests the practice of that virtue to all created beings, from the highest seraph in heaven to the lowest reptile of the dust. It teaches us that, as we are rational and intelligent beings, we should be industrious, never sitting down contented while our fellow-creatures around us are in want, especially when it is in our power to relieve them."
This is surely an important lesson, one which I should apply a bit more in my own life. However, I am writing today because there are other layers behind the symbol of the beehive. Think of not just the hive as a structure, but as a community of bees. In it, each knows their duty and goes about it as best they can. Each member of that society does their best to forward the goals of the hive, frequently without knowing the thoughts of the queen or any other member of the hive. Indeed, some bees will die by stinging a creature they see as a threat to the hive, sacrificing their lives to protect the hive and their kin without being asked. While I hope that none of us must lay down our lives in the discharge of our duty, I hope that each of us can serve each other, our Lodge, and mankind with equal devotion and industry.
Further, if one looks at the structure of the hive, one cannot see what is going on inside. We know, from looking at films and the like that within the hive there are a multitude of bees doing their duty as they see it and advancing the hive in the best way they can, but from the outside we do not see this activity. Our Lodge is the same. If someone were to enter the Temple building during our meeting, they would be stopped by the Tyler, and would not see the activity going on in the Lodge room. Within those walls we "...work, as Masons, for the good of humanity." We do what is necessary to improve ourselves and our Lodge, and thus our world. Sometimes that means speaking out on a simple business motion before the Lodge, sometimes by keeping silent. Sometimes we give a presentation on an aspect of Masonry for the edification of our Brothers, sometimes we learn, and let this new knowledge of the craft inform our choices in life.
Brothers, at the risk of being a bit preachy, I encourage each of you to think on the symbols of Masonry. Look them up in your monitors, think of the duties in your life, and how you can apply these lessons.
WB Matthew Appel
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