Brotherly Love On The Road

June 26, 2017 at 12:21 pm

Growing up I was taken to an awful lot of Masonic events where I had no clue what was going on. I ate a lot of rubber chicken, mashed potatoes, and green beans as well! I didn’t understand why we went to installations or what was so important about the decal on the back of dad’s car until we were on the road home one weekend and dad pulled over to help a motorist out who was in distress. As a young kid, what made an impression on me was we were on our way to get dinner and go home and now we’ve stopped to help out some guy with a flat tire. When dad got back in the car my mom asked him if he knew him and I remember him saying no, but I saw the square and compass on the back of his car and couldn’t leave him without helping.

A few years later we were on a family sailing trip when part of our boat broke while we were in Lake Huron. This was a trip ending issue for sure, but after limping into a Canadian harbor we took the part to the one person in town who could braze cast aluminum only to find out he was out camping with his kids for the weekend. I remember dad laying the part on the table in front of the guy’s wife and we went back to the broken boat to sit for what could be a few days.

Within hours a truck pulled up and a gentleman stepped out with the fixed part much to our surprise. Apparently the 1 guy in town who could braze cast aluminum was a Mason and his wife recognized my dad’s ring and knew that Masonry was important enough to her husband to interrupt his camping adventure with his young boys to help another Mason.

Are the oaths or obligations each of us took at the various degrees of Masonry important enough to us that others see their lessons exemplified in our daily lives? Or when we die will the only way our friends and perhaps some of our family know we are a Mason is when Masons, most of which who will be strangers, arrive at the funeral home to conduct a Masonic Funeral?

I am privileged to travel the country working in the air show business and because of these travels I get to meet lots of people and I seek out Masons. I have shocked Lodges in several jurisdictions by showing up to a stated meeting, a degree practice, a coffee clutch, or just arranging to have groups of Brothers meet me at the air show.

Beyond the fellowship of meeting other Masons, I have been helped and have helped others while on the road and while at home. I have met Brothers in the military, law enforcement, fire service, and every other career you could imagine. I appreciate their friendship and look forward to renewing our friendships on my return to their communities.

The same holds true with the Brothers of J. B. Covert. You don’t have to be out of town to need help from your Brothers. We’re here to work with each other and in times of need for each other’s relief. I implore you don’t let your commitment to self-improvement through Masonry be a shock to your family and friends at the time of your death. Seek out opportunities to live your obligations daily! If it’s been some time since you’ve heard the words of the obligation, then come to a degree night and be reminded of it as you watch the candidate kneel where you knelt. Shoot, if you can’t make any of the degree nights and want to revisit the obligations and lessons then call me and I’ll plan for one of the officers or myself to meet with you and help you relaunch your Masonic Quest. I can be reached at 513-617-0906 or