The North Carolina Mason

November/December 2018

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Page 4 The North Carolina Mason November/December 2018 T h e m i s s i o n o f f r e e m a s o n r y i n n o r T h C a r o l i n a i s T o r a i s e T h e m o r a l , s o C i a l , i n T e l l e C T u a l , a n d s p i r i T u a l C o n s C i e n C e o f s o C i e T y b y T e a C h i n g T h e a n C i e n T a n d e n d u r i n g p h i l o s o p h i C a l TeneTs of broTherly love, relief, and TruTh, whiCh are expressed ouTwardly Through serviCe To god, family, CounTry, and self under The faTherhood of god wiThin The broTherhood of man. (USPS 598-260) is published bimonthly by e Grand Lodge of AF & AM of North Carolina, 2921 Glenwood Avenue, Raleigh, NC 27608. ird class postage paid at Oxford, NC 27565. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to e North Carolina Mason, School Of Graphic Arts, Masonic Home for Children, Oxford, NC 27565. Grand Master Dwight M. "Mack" Sigmon Board Of Publication Kenneth Wayne Lambert, Chairman John R. Beaman III John S. Dodd Adam Russell Cloninger Dwight Stephen Decoskey II Editor Beth Grace Good quality pictures are essential for suitable reproduction. e right to re- ject any submission not suitable for use is reserved. Pictures will be returned to the sender only if accompanied by a self-addressed, stamped envelope. Email submissions are welcome; high resolution, unaltered JPGs and Rich Text Format documents are preferred. Submissions and other correspon- dence should be sent to the editor at 2921 Glenwood Avenue, Raleigh, NC 27608 or . Each North Carolina Mason is a subscriber to e North Carolina Mason. If you know a member who is not receiving the paper, please send us his full name, his complete address, and the name and number of his lodge. Masonic widows receive e Mason free upon request. Subscriptions are available to others at a rate of five dollars per year. Subscription inquiries and address changes only should be sent to: e School of Graphic Arts, Masonic Home for Children, 600 College Street, Oxford, North Carolina 27565. Opinions expressed are not necessarily those of The North Carolina Mason, the Grand Lodge, or Board of Publication. From the editor's desk Grand Master Dwight M. "Mack" Sigmon Deputy Grand Master P. Shaun Bradshaw ............ Senior Grand Warden R. David Wicker .................... Junior Grand Warden Larry B. ompson Jr. Grand Treasurer Lewis R. Ledford (PGM) ............... Grand Secretary T. Walton Clapp III Senior Grand Deacon Kevan D. Frazier Junior Grand Deacon Donald E. Kehler Grand Marshal Robert W. Rideout ............................ Grand Steward Steve M. Norris ................................... Junior Grand Steward Gilbert D. Bailey Grand Tyler Guy E. Cline Grand Chaplain Richard A. "Rick" Williams Grand Lecturer Dalton W. Mayo (PGM) Grand Historian Ludwik J. Wodka NORTH CAROLINA The Mason By Beth Grace Editor ■ see THANKS, page 14 Giving thanks for Masons' giving nature N ot long ago, I had the opportunity to preach a Sunday sermon to a chapel filled with squirming first-, second- and third-graders. e lesson was about giving, in keeping with the season. I told them a story about a king who was just plain mean. When his aide rushed in to tell him that the people of his kingdom were starving, the king grunted and looked at his dinner table, groaning with meat, bread, and other delights. "I have plenty," he said. "It's not my problem." A few days later, the aide came back, telling the king that his people had no homes and would freeze in the cold air overnight. e king glanced around his mansion and moved closer to the fire. "I'm warm enough," he said. "It's not my problem." Soon, everyone in the kingdom was acting like the king. Nobody helped, nobody cared. People were in need and no help was coming. Until one day, when a fisherman came up with an idea. He decorated his boat and hired musicians and cooks to put on a big party. He invited the king and his court to come and take a trip out onto the deep lake in the center of the kingdom. e king, of course, couldn't resist. So they all floated away in the beautiful boat out to the deepest part of the lake. It was then the fisherman pulled out a saw and began to cut a hole in the bottom of the boat. "What are you DOING?" e king cried. "We'll sink!" e fisherman hopped into the small one-man dinghy he had brought along and said, "Well, I'm safe in this boat. So it's not my problem." And that, I told the kids, was the day the king (after he swam back to shore, presumably) learned his lesson and he gave his subjects food and warm shelter and spent the rest of his days helping others. If this had been a chapel full of Masons' kids, I would have added that the Masons have known this lesson for several hundred years. Masons spend a lot of time – almost

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