Chaplain’s Corner June 9th, 2020

We are all pleased to see that Jupiter Light Lodge will officially open July 1st. The first meeting will be held at 7:30 on July 14th with no meal beforehand. masks and gloves are not required but strongly encouraged. Hand sanitizing stations will be available in the lodge building. Our Worshipful Master Mark Murray has spent a lot of time effort and energy getting the Lodge ready for re-opening. From having the entire building cleaned and sanitized to preparing the facility to comply with current CDC and Palm Beach County guidelines.

All of us are looking forward to the opportunity to visit and labor with our brethren in a manner that will provide a safe and healthy atmosphere! While we respect that some of our members will not be able to attend at this time because of individual health concerns. Whether in person or in spirit all of our brethren will labor in their hearts for the Lodge and the craft.

This time has given us all an opportunity to reflect on the things which are most important in our lives. I know we long for the days before all of the difficulties we face. Today we may not return to what was rather, we will face a new time and circumstance. In times of trials, troubles and difficulties we may face we have confidence in the principals that bind us together. The principals of Free Masonry have faced times far worse than those of today. Throughout time the corner stone of our fraternity has remained as the solid foundation of God and our brethren.

NEWS: We have brothers who we are in need of our thoughts and prayers. Right Worshipful Billy Bates is upbeat about the success of his shoulder procedure and is getting along very well. His wife is hard at work at Jupiter Hospital and among those brave fighters of this virus. She is in all our prayers. George Koester our esteemed secretary continues to do well recovering from his stomach illness. He is eating well and will have more tests done June 11th if the medical staff are available. Right Worshipful George Winterling and Worshipful Keith Campbell are getting better every day. Worshipful Jim Mullinax’s son has been recalled to active duty and is posted to a pandemic hotspot in New Jersey. We all wish him well and our prayers for his safety as he serves us all. Buddy Berrisford is slowly recovering from a bout with vertigo. We are all thankful it was not related to any heart issues. Buddy will have more updates soon.

We all know our God is with us and will guide us through this time and all the times of sadness and tribulation. Please share this prayer with me:

Most Holy and Glorious Lord God accept our thanks for the many mercies and graces which thou hast bestowed on us. Wilt thou open our eyes that we may more fully appreciate those among us who are making the ultimate sacrifice to tend to our care, protection and daily needs. Make us mindful that your presence and protection is with us always. We pause to ask that you will care for those who are brought before us as sick and in distress, their families and the medical personnel who are responsible for tending them. May the combined efforts of our love, as it is expressed in our having the purpose of bringing relief from any illness or distress guide us in our prayers and actions. Almighty God give the blessing of comfort to those who need our love and your protection. We know you are with us and our faith in you will sustain us.

Amen

Your lodge would like to know how all our brethren and their families are doing during this difficult time. Please let the Worshipful Master and I know how you and your family are doing. Our e-mail addresses and phone numbers are included below. Please remember to contact me or the Worshipful Master with any news or requests for assistance and prayer! Also, as always, we need any good news you have to share! We may face a pandemic but, calling to check on a brother is not only safe but, will always be appreciated.

Fraternally,
David Watjen
Chaplain
Jupiter Light Lodge No. 340
[email protected]
336-926-1068

Mark Murray
Worshipful Master
Jupiter Light Lodge No. 340
[email protected]
772-215-1010