Rising Sun Lodge #2
How soon we forget when we have been blessed
This past Tuesday was a very trying day for me. My cars battery died, I was late to work, I missed a very important meeting
and because I did something didn’t happen that I really wanted to happen. I began to complain more so than usual, all the
issues of life seems to fill my mind at once. I HATE THIS CAR, THIS HOUSE, THIS JOB, THESE SHOES, THIS SHIRT, THESE
SOCKS, THESE PANTS…….and the list went on and on. I began to sink rather rapidly into depression where I remained for
the earlier part of the day.
I questioned why god brought me home again and again from the battlefield, why I was still here and what purpose was I
serving in this life’s journey….all because my battery died. I had to talk to a friend as I usually do when I get upset and he told
me in so many words be thankful Mike. I didn’t want to hear that…I was heated and depressed!!!!!!!! Here he goes talking
about be thankful…. I walked around the corner and used my Mother’s car to drive to the auto parts store and prepare for
what I thought would be a battle. The battery was under warranty so I paid nothing. On the way home I passed people walking
in the cold down the street with no coat and shoes that didn’t fit. I pulled up to my home, I showered again in my bathroom, I
debated on what pair of shoes and what socks to wear that match my outfit.
How soon we forget when we have been blessed. This lodge was almost no more. After we were embezzled by one of our
own we were 2 assessment’s in the arrears to the grand lodge we were 3 months behind on the rent, our numbers were plenty
but our intake of funds was fickle to say the least. Now here we are less than five years since that time and we are paying
assessments ahead of schedule, our numbers have increased, brothers have returned and become active again, we have
accounts not account with money in each one. We have grown in giving, and charity, and strengthened our bonds of brotherly
love. We are becoming the lodge that sometime ago I believe we once were. Think this holiday season about what you have
been through vs what you have be brought through. Take time to really thank god for the blessing you have because you
small blessing may be the biggest blessing to someone else.