The Bridge Builder

The Bridge Builder A poem; written by Will Allen Dromgoole. An old man, going down a lone highway, Came to the evening, cold & grey, To a chasm, vast and deep and wide, Through which was flowing a sullen tide. The old man crossed in the twilight dim, The sullen tide had no fears for him;   But he turned, when he reached the other side, And built a Bridge to span the tide. "Old Man" said a fellow pilgrim Continue reading

Take my Hand and Follow me.

Take My Hand; Follow Me The secrets of Masonry I wanted to know. Of a Mason I asked what those secrets might be. He replied, "First we talk, then we will see." A petition he granted and ordered it filled To be read at a meeting and a judgment be willed. Then questions I answered about God and home; Of habits and friends; a wife or alone. In time I was summoned, a date to appear Before an assembly of men gathered near. I entered the Continue reading

Short Vacations

SHORT VACATIONS from Somebody Loves You by Helen Steiner Rice We all need "short vacations" in life's fast and maddening race An interlude of quietness from the constant, jet age pace.... So, when your day in pressure packed and your hours are all too few, Just close your eyes and Meditate and let GOD talk to you. For when we keep on pushing. we're not following God's Way. We are foolish, selfish robots Mechanized to fill each Continue reading

An Anniversary

An Anniversary "Is Another Link of Love Binding Couples Closer" a poem by Helen Steiner Rice It takes a special day like this To just sit back and reminisce And think of all the things you've shared Since the first day you knew "You Cared" Of course things change, for that is Life And Love between Man & Wife Cannot remain "Romantic Bliss" Forever "flavoured with a kiss" But Always there's That Bond of Love There's Just no Continue reading

I Pass this way but Once

I PASS THIS WAY BUT ONCE This original Poem was named "The Pilgrim Way" and written by John Oxenham. I pass this way but once, and then, the silent door Swings on its hinges, Opens . Closes, and no more I pass this way. So while I may, with all my might I shall essay sweet comfort and delight to all I meet upon this Pilgrim Way. For no man travels twice this Great Highway that winds through darkness up to the Light: Through Continue reading

Everyone needs Someone

Everyone Needs Someone taken from "Someone Cares" The Collected Poems of Helen Steiner Rice People need people, and friends need friends. We all need Love, for a full life depends Not on vast riches, or great acclaim, Not on success or on Worldly fame, But just in knowing that someone cares And holds us close, in their thoughts and prayers== For only the knowledge that we're understood Makes everyday living feel WONDERFULLY Continue reading

They All Came Just For Me

They All Came Just For Me By: Bro. Richard L. Jenkins For the brothers of Cass Lodge 412, Griswold Iowa. Something big is going on here. Or so I thought that night, As the Masons came to gather round the Great and lesser lights. One from here and one from there From places far and wide, They came to do, I knew not what, As they gathered there inside. But from each man I was greeted With a smile and voice of cheer. One said, "so you're Continue reading

A Friend is a Gift of God

Good Morning As so often happens, something gets into my mind and I feel compelled to react. In this case I was researching "The Educator" website, looking for some guidance on what the viewers seemed to be most interested in reading, only to find that Poetry of an inspirational nature was extremely popular.     In retrospect this should not be surprising considering the audience I am attempting to share with.            Hopefully the Continue reading

The Level and The Square

The Level and The Square by Brother Rob Morris Poet Laureate of Freemasonry (this poem , written in August 1854, is the most popular Masonic Poem of all time) We meet upon the Level and we part upon the Square These words have precious meaning and are practiced everywhere Come let us contemplate them, they are worthy of a thought From the ancient times of Masonry these symbols have been taught We meet upon the level, every country, sect and Continue reading

The Soul of Man

  taken from "Someone Cares" by Helen Steiner Rice     Every man has a deep heart need                         That cannot be filled with doctrine or creed For the soul of man knows nothing more                         than just that he is longing for A Heaven that is safe and sure                         a fortress where he feels secure As island in this sea of strife                         away from all Continue reading

The Lambskin Apron (another poem)

  Author unknown   It is not ornamental; the cost is not great, There are other things far more useful, yet truly I state, Tho of all my possessions, there's none can compare, With that white leather apron, which all Masons wear.   As a young lad I wondered just what it all meant, When Dad hustled around, and so much time was spent, On shaving and dressing and looking just right, Until Mother would say:" it's Continue reading

The Lambskin (Scottish)

    Be proud of  that lambskin more ancient by far Than the fleece of pure gold or the eagle of war. 'Tis the emblem of innocence and nobler to wear Than the Thistle of Scotland* or order so rare.   Let the King wear his purple and point to his crown That will fall from his brow ere his throne tumbles down. But the badge of a Mason has much more to give, Than a kingdom so frail it cannot long Continue reading

The Lambskin Apron (poem)

  An interesting poem, written in 1917 by Brother D. L. Clements   "The white leather apron is more ancient by far Than the eagles of Rome, a symbol of war, Or the fleece of pure gold by emperors given, A rich decoration for which many have striven. The Garter of England, an Order most rare, Although highly prized, cannot with it compare; It is an emblem of innocence symboled in white, And purity ever Continue reading

Desiderata

  Go placidly amid the noise and the haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible without surrender be on good terms with all persons.   Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even to the dull and the ignorant, they too have their story.   Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they are vexations to the spirit.   If you compare yourself with others, you may Continue reading

A Forever Friend

  Sometimes in life you find a special friend Someone who changes your life just by being part of it.   Someone who makes you laugh until you can't stop Someone who makes you believe that there really is good in the World. Someone who convinces you that there really is an unlocked door just waiting for you to open it. This is a Forever Friend   When you're down, and the world Continue reading

A Brilliant Statement

2 GET and 2 GIVE CREATES MANY PROBLEMS FOR MASONS WE HAVE THE ANSWER WE SIMPLY DOUBLE IT!! 4 GET AND 4 GIVE SOLVES ALL THE PROBLEMS Continue reading

Wisdom (The Poem)

Let kindness spread like sunshine and embrace those who are sad. Respect their dignity, give them joy and leave them feeling glad. Forgive those who may hurt you and though you have your pride, listen closely to their viewpoint and try to see the other side. Walk softly, when you are angry try not to take offence. Invoke your sense of humour, laughter’s power is immense Express what you are felling, your beliefs you should uphold. Don’t shy Continue reading

The Old Masters Wages

  I met a dear old man today who wore a Masonic PinIt was old and faded, like the man, its edges worn and thinI approached the park bench where he sat to give the Old Brother his due,I Said “I see you’ve traveled East and he said “I have, Have You?”I Said, I have, and in my day before the setting sunI played in the rubble with Jubala, Jubilo and JubalumHe shouted, “Don’t laugh at the Work my son, It’s good, sweet and trueAnd if you’ve Continue reading

The Master Builder

God is the Master Builder His plans are perfect and true, And when he sends you sorrow, It's part of his plan for you For all things work together To complete the Master Plan And God up in his Heaven Can see what's best for man. By Helen Steiner Rice Continue reading

Sometime

Sometime when you’re feeling important.  Sometime when your ego’s in bloom Sometime when you take it for granted, you’re the best qualified in the room Sometime when you feel that your going, would leave an unfillable hole Just follow these simple instructions and see how it humbles your soul Take a bucket and fill it with water. Put your hand in up to your wrist Pull it out & the hole that’s remaining is the measure of how much you’ll be Continue reading

Poem on Sharing; Friendship & Living

He shall never live long enough who serves only himself. He shall never be great who thinks only of self. Though he grow to be grey in his own narrow way He shall find that the gold he has laboured to hold Is an empty reward for his long years of strife And too late he shall learn he has wasted his life. He shall never be wise who thinks only of gain And toils for what he himself may attain. He shall sigh at the end for the smile of a friend Continue reading

A Friendship Poem

Make new friends, but keep the old; Those are silver, these are gold. New-made friendships, like new wine Age will mellow and refine. Friendships that have stood the test- Time and change-are surely best. Brow and wrinkle, hair grown gray; Friendship never knows decay. For amid old friends, tried and true, Once more our youth renew. But old friends, alas! may die; New friends must their place supply. Cherish friendship in your breast- New is good Continue reading

Live a Life that Matters

Ready or not it will come to an end. There will be no more sunrises, no more minutes hours or days, All the things you collected, whether treasured or forgotten Will pass to someone else. Your wealth, fame and temporal power will shrive to irrelevance. It will not matter what you owned or what you were owed. Your grudges, resentments, frustrations and jealousies will finally disappear. So too, your hopes, ambitions, plans and to-do lists will Continue reading

God is the Answer

We read the headlines daily and we listen to the news, We are anxious and bewildered with the World’s conflicting views. We are restless and dissatisfied and sadly insecure, and we voice our discontentment over things we must endure. For this violent age we live in, is filled with nameless fears, that grow as we discuss things that come daily to our ears. So instead of reading headlines, that disturb the heart and mind, let us open up the Bible Continue reading

Give us Daily Awareness

On life’s busy thoroughfares We meet with angels unawares So Father, make us kind and wise So we may always recognize The blessings that are ours to take, The friendships that are ours to make If we but open our heart’s door wide To let the sunshine of love inside Helen Steiner Rice Continue reading

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