This is in Reply to Tim Bryce’s How Does Freemasonry Add Value To Our Lives.
I second everything you said, Brother Tim. But let me add one thing.
Being with a Freemason gives me a feeling of automatically, whether we have ever met or not, of being in the presence of a person I can trust. And trust is very important to me.
Because if I let my guard down and permit myself to become vulnerable then I want to have the confidence that what I share with another is kept as a sacred trust, not to be kicked around the internet and all over the gossip line.
If I can’t trust another then I will not open up to him. If I don’t open up to him, then I can’t get real close to him. Getting close to another is what really makes a friend you would die for and that kind of friendship doesn’t grow on trees.
But it runs rampant in a Masonic Lodge. So I am close to many, many Brothers and there are many, many I would die for. And I can get that close to you in the first 5 minutes we have ever met if you are a Freemason.
There are good reasons for that. But you all know what they are and why. I don’t need to explain it to you.
But perhaps you haven’t thought of how important Trust is in forming your Masonic family. You don’t know what true love is until you can get that close, that tight with another.
Only in Freemasonry would I be able to experience the closeness, the brotherly love, the mystic tie that binds. Only in Freemasonry.