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Message to the Brethren of The United Grand Lodge of NSW & ACT By RW Bro Drysdale, Grand Chaplain

13 February 24

Message to the Brethren of The United Grand Lodge of NSW & ACT By RW Bro Drysdale, Grand Chaplain

I wish to begin with a personal story about my wife, Frances. In late 2021, she was diagnosed with lung cancer. Come February 2022, Frances underwent a major surgery to remove the lower lobe of her right lung. Upon returning home, we were both moved by the numerous people who mentioned they had prayed for her. Throughout that year, regular check-ups showed no signs of cancer. Frances firmly believes her recovery is thanks to her surgeon's expertise and the power of many prayers.

In late 2022, my own health declined, and during 2023, I was hospitalized six times. Each time I was discharged, I was informed of the many prayers sent my way. "This made me feel very humble knowing that so many people would care about me." Later in the year, I received a diagnosis of Pleural Mesothelioma. The prognosis seemed grim until I learned about Immunotherapy. Despite its potential side effects, I embarked on this treatment, buoyed by ongoing prayers. I am pleased to report that the treatment is effective, and I have been spared any severe side effects.

I am convinced that my improved condition is a result of both the medical intervention and the prayers I received.

Our Masonic ritual urges us to pray for all Master Masons. It's worth reflecting on how often we heed this call. In our lodges, we learn of brothers facing hardships and often visit them, knowing our presence offers solace. Telling them that we will pray for them could bring even greater comfort.

The initiation process incorporates the phrase 'by the help of God,' indicating a belief in the support of a higher power, referred to as the Great Architect of the Universe. It is understood that seeking divine assistance for oneself or others may lead to favourable outcomes through this guidance.

Freemasonry teaches us that its foundational principles—Brotherly Love, Relief, and Truth—help make good men better. Embodying these principles enriches not just our lives, but also the lives of others.

I am convinced that our world would be immensely improved if we all showed care for each other, Freemasons or not. When we encounter someone suffering, whether in mind or body, demonstrating compassion can be profoundly impactful. Offer to pray for them, and you'll likely see a positive reaction. But it's crucial to follow through with your promise to pray. Let your daily prayers be a reminder to think of all those in need


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