Returning to a lodge

Discussion in 'General Freemasonry Discussion' started by Justin D., Oct 10, 2018 at 2:34 PM.

  1. Justin D.

    Justin D. Registered User

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    Good Day Brothers,

    I was initiated in January 2013, then passed may 2014 and raised in October 2014. After being raised I only attended a few meetings, but then moved and did not find or return to a lodge until recently. Last week I found a lodge near me and went to a lodge meeting. When I stepped in the lodge on Friday night I was greeted by a Brother and remembered what I was missing for almost four years. Going from North Carolina to New Jersey was a big change for me. I was afraid it would be a completely different experience, but I felt like I had been with these Brothers for years and was welcome into the lodge like an old friend. I can't wait until the next meeting, I will be looking around my area to find other lodges. I can't say I have looked more forward to something other than my wedding (This November) in a long while. This has brought my spirits up and made me remember what brotherly love and friendship truly is. I do not plan to take a hiatus from going to a lodge ever again, even though I know things happen.
     
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  2. Mrredsand9

    Mrredsand9 Registered User

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    Welcome back to the brotherhood Justin! I'm sure the members of the new lodge will appreciate your enthusiasm and passion for the craft.

    Red
     
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  3. LK600

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    Welcome back Brother, hope you found yourself a new home.
     
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  4. Justin D.

    Justin D. Registered User

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    @LK600 and @Mrredsand9 Thank you. I have found a new home. Can't wait for the next meeting.
     
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  5. Warrior1256

    Warrior1256 Site Benefactor

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    Welcome back to the fold Brother. Congratulations on the upcoming nuptials.
     
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  6. Keith C

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    I am happy you found your way back to a Lodge and wish you all happiness and success in your new Masonic home.

    Your story brings me hope! In the short time I have been active in my Lodge, I have seen about half the new Brothers we raise disappear soon after raising. I often wonder if they will someday be active. Your story helps me believe that same will.
     
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  7. Justin D.

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    @Keith C I believe I was brought back to the lodge for a reason. I am 28 and I believe Freemasonry is going down in numbers because no one understands that brotherly love and friendship a lodge can offer. Symbols are a lot to me and I didn't realize everything that happened. I moved to the Northeast of the US. and returned to the lodge 4 years almost to the date of being raised. That weekend I had to tar around my vents on the roof of my house and of course it required a trowel to spread it. That tells me I was brought to the northeast corner to start again, and use my working tools to spread brotherly love and friendship. Freemasonry has changed my whole attitude towards life, and I will not keep it to myself, but spread it everywhere.
     
  8. hfmm97

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    Bro Justin: Beautiful anecdote my brother-it came at just the right time for me


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