Brethren of the Craft:
*Las Posadas, Happy Hanukah, Merry Christmas, Happy Kwanzaa:
These next few weeks are always a special time of renewal and festivities. We embrace family and friends; we remember our ancestors and we nourish ourselves physically, emotionally and spiritually. It is a time to reflect and to hope for better and more fruitful times. It is a time of prayer to our Creator and meditation, so in our silence, we may hear and understand the answer which the Creator has given.
I want to take this time to wish my brothers and sisters of this Grand Jurisdiction Peace, Love and Harmony. As we celebrate the festive season lets pause so that we do not forget all of the suffering that is going on in the world today. We are so fortunate to be living in this great country of ours [CANADA] and at times we take for granted the peace, love and harmony that we do have, let’s be grateful for the privileges we are able to enjoy.
This is a powerful time, a Holy time and I sincerely wish you all the best and hope that each day produces happiness and health for my family and equally important, my extended family of the Masonic Order. I also wish that the world would come to embrace and respect humanity in all its forms. Toward those ends, I would want all of us to continue our work of making this world a better place to live, work, love and play. During this time, please remember the military and law enforcement personnel who are unable to celebrate this holiday season with their families. Let’s continue to pray for their safety, while they serve to protect our freedom and for their safe return to their families so that they can also celebrate the festive season upon their return home. As families gather together, during this festive season, Brethren we must not forget about the Widows as this is a very emotional time for them. If possible take the time to make contact with the wife of a departed Brother over the holidays to ensure them that we have not forgotten them. This act of kindness will also coincide with our obligation to our departed Brethren and to honor the sacrifices both they and their Widows made for the Craft.
On a personal note, I thank the Creator, daily, for giving me the opportunity to be a part of each of you. Lady Winnie and I would like to thank all of you for the support and the kind words that have been bestowed upon us during our visitations and presentations. It is truly a blessing to have such strong support from the Brethren as we continue our journey on fostering communication and public relations in an effort to make our great organization stronger in the communities. We personally would like to thank the Brethren for their promotion of Freemasonry through their participation in the community parades and church services in addition to the charities we support. We must continue and build on what we have started this year.
Many of the Lodges will shut down over the holiday season so this will be a perfect opportunity for the Brethren to spend quality time with your families and show your appreciation for the little things our families do for us that we sometimes take for granted. Tell them how special they are and with a big hug, tell them how much you love them. Also give them a big hug from the Grand Master who loves you all.
Please enjoy the holiday season, and know that you make a difference in this world. As the New Year approaches, we want to wish each of you, and your family, a healthy and prosperous New Year.
In gratitude, thanks for all that you do to support our great fraternal organization.
With warmest regards,
George A. Grant
The Most Worshipful, The Grand Master of Masons in Nova Scotia