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From the South: April 2023

Greetings, and welcome to the month of April. We have a busy month ahead of us. We have our stated meeting, and any that are interested in helping cook please contact me. The meals are not simple to complete alone, and many hands do make the load lighter. The plus side is we tend to have much fun, and we grow closer to each other through kitchen work.

The next chance to help out will be the Golden Rose Gala. This is one of our chances to give back to our widows through a meal, and short program organized by Worshipful Lee Brooks. Again contact me if you would like to help out cooking this meal on the 17th of April.

Later this month we will have a chance to give back to our community through the annual pancake breakfast for Edenvale Elementary School. Some will be carpooling from the Temple, so let me know if you would like to carpool for that bright and early start time of 7A.M. on Saturday the 29th.

Shifting gears to a bit of Masonic education. We read in the Holy Bible a bit about the Jewel that the Junior Warden who sits in the South wears around his neck. In the King James version, we read in the book of Amos Chapter 7 Versus 7-8 the following-Amos 7:7-8 "7: Thus he shewed me: and, behold, the LORD stood upon a wall made by a plumbline, with a plumbline in his hand.

8: And the LORD said unto me, Amos, what seest thou? And I said, A plumbline. Then said the LORD, Behold, I will set a plumbline in the midst of my people Israel: I will not again pass by them any more." The plumb is, and was used by operative masons to ensure what is being constructed will prove to be upright. We find the jewel is a gauge with a vertical line with a small movable weight attached at the bottom. What do we learn as applied to the speculative Mason? The plumb teaches us to gauge our actions to keep them upright towards our fellow Freemasons, and all mankind. We find that in keeping this lesson close to heart it keeps us upright in that solemn obligation we took. By keeping to this moral uprightness we will travel Jacob's ladder which extends from that black and white mosaic floor to the heavenly skies of eternity.

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