M∴ W∴ James E. Steen
Grand Master

A Message from the Grand Master,

Dear Brethren,

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, I am reminded of a story I once heard about a grocery store clerk dutifully checking out customers just before closing the night before Thanksgiving. A customer asked the clerk if her arms were tired, as she must have lifted a ton of groceries. She replied that no, she preferred to count her blessings and not dwell on the obstacles. The customer, curious, asked what the clerk was most grateful for that day. She replied that she was most grateful that Thanksgiving was in November and not July. Seeing a puzzled look from the customer, the clerk continued: “If I had to lift turkeys and watermelons at the same time I might need a new job!”

This year has brought into stark clarity the many blessings we receive daily from the Great Architect of the Universe. In the midst of a global pandemic, with multiple hurricanes knocking on our door and unrest throughout our land, we persevere. We continue on despite the hardships and the losses we have all sustained. Our brethren continue the work of Masonry by bringing light to their communities, even when those communities may seem like they lost all hope. We can be truly grateful for our Grand Lodge and the blessings we have received, despite the trials we have faced.

Looking past Thanksgiving to Christmas, we can again see much for which to be thankful. For many of us, Christmas signifies the gift of Christ to Earth, the greatest blessing of all. It is a time to gather with family, exchange gifts, dote on the children and grandchildren, eat entirely too much, and otherwise enjoy the most wonderful time of the year.

I truly hope that this season of holidays will find you in good health, surrounded by loved ones, and counting your myriad blessings. And should I not see you before December 25, Clare and I truly wish you and your family a Merry Christmas!


M∴ W∴ James E. Steen

Grand Master