Are you aware of the many programs that our craft has to aid and assist one another? Reflecting upon this thought, we can ask ourselves whether we do enough with the allotted hours for a Brother or his family? Then a song fills my spirit by Bill Withers with these lyrics, “Sometimes in our lives, we all have pain, we all have sorrow. But if we are wise, we know that there’s always tomorrow…” No matter how bleak the situation, we are Ohio Freemasonry strong.
One of our brethren, who was facing challenging times with extenuating health issues, was dismayed with hopelessness due to physical limitations that prevented him from leaving his home for treatment and the lifesaving care that he needed. He was not aware nor did he know how to access the resources and guidance that we as Freemasons are blessed to have. Through conversation with one another, we find opportunities to help each other. Again, the continued lyrics to Bill Wither’s song resonates: “Lean on me, when you’re not strong, and I’ll be your friend, I’ll help you carry on…” Through this fellowship, our Brother not only received assistance through the generous donation of a temporary ramp initiated by his home Lodge, Canal Winchester #670, enabling him to leave his home to receive medical care; he was also surprised with a visit to his home by the Grand Master of Ohio, Most Worshipful Brother Richard Dickerschied and the Grand Lodge officers.