Spring is always a blessed time of the year for most of us. We enjoy seeing the return of warm weather after the cold of winter. We get to start in what I refer to as “Dirt Therapy”, as we prepare our gardens for spring planting and summer enjoyment. And once again we get to witness for ourselves the “verity of scenes the seasons play out for the discerning eye.” All of this is good for the soul and provides a sense of gratitude and appreciate for the bounteous blessing that God has provided.
I am reminded of the many lessons that are contained in the masonic lectures that make reference to the respect and admiration that Masons should hold for Mother Earth. In the first lecture we receive as an Entered Apprentice is spoken the noble reminder “Though constantly harassed, more to furnish luxuries than the necessities of life, she never refuses her accustomed yield, spreading his pathway with flowers and his table with plenty. … And when at last we are called to pass through the ‘dark valley of the shadow of death’ she once more receives us and piously covers our remains within her bosom, thus admonishing us that from it we came, so to it we must return.”
All of this speaks to us of the principle of stewardship; for things that have been deemed spiritual from time immemorial … rather than subjugation of things that are casually thought of as material. This same theme is carried in all of our basic tenants and beliefs, where respect for our fellowmen, love of all of God’s creation, and stewardship over the moral principles of humanity which has been given to this sacred band of brothers and fellows.
So as a gentle reminder, as we stretch forth our hands and practice that soul enhancing practice of “dirt therapy”, let us remember in gratitude and recognition, that even the simple acts we do, define as the best of men and generous masons.
Ken Noorlander WM