But the evergreen that sprouts at the head of the grave . . .

This is in fact my farewell message on this website as the Worshipful Master of Grand Rapids Lodge No 34. It has been an incredible journey from knowing nothing more than my admiration for the Craft, to being called to lead it. The pressure that many Masters put on themselves can be immense. I would probably group myself into that category, but in all honesty it wasn’t as bad as it could or should have been. I had a lot of help and guidance from a lot of people and it made my mistakes palatable and my success appreciated. In short, it made it all worth it.

This time of year gives many people of many faiths a time to pause and take note of our time here on earth. Just as the days get short, many of us who have arrived at the age of adulthood have begun to compare ourselves to the falling leaves that enrich the soil. We contemplate how our days may also be getting shorter. Even with the many celebrations like Christmas, Hanukkah, or Eid, the time of the winter solstice can be melancholy. Our Masonic lectures don’t deny these ideas or advise against them. In fact, I would argue that they are encouraged. However, these ideas are encouraged for an altogether unique purpose. The point is not to get down on one’s self or to get depressed. It is, instead, to contemplate the immortality of the soul which is bound in our mortal body. It is precisely the winter that makes us celebrate the spring. It is true that there will come a spring that we won’t see. We know that this will come to pass, but we work hard in the time we have for the sake of those who will be here to see that spring’s bright colors and smell it’s sweet fragrance.

My time as Master is as done as the time of the workman who has forever laid down his tools. I hope that I have contributed something to the common stock of goodness within our great Lodge, and if I am truly fortunate, then in the Craft at large as well. I hope that as we see the abundance of trees which gleam with light this December, that we are reminded of the great love that the Great Architect of the Universe has shared with us, and that we have cause to ponder the light that our own immortal souls display to those who give pause to gaze upon it.

May the blessings of our Almighty Father be always upon you, and all you families.

 

Sincerely and Fraternally,

Omar Huémac Flores

Worshipful Master