More Light – January 3, 2011

Mehr Licht!
More Light!
Number 311 – January 03, 2011

Dear Masonic Student,

Before I get into this issue of More Light I would like of extend my sincerest best wishes and prayers to all of our Brothers and their families who are having trouble with the massive flooding in the state of Queensland, Australia. From news reports we learn that this flood ‘of biblical proportions’ has over 850,000 sq km under water, flooding many towns and cities, and it is thought it will take weeks to drain. In the meantime hundreds of thousands of people are coping with the devastation. The people of Queensland are in our prayers. I hope some of the Masons in Australia will be able to communicate with us through the various Masonic list-servers to keep us up to date on the situation there.

Below is another fine piece I received from Brother Ken Baril with his best wishes for a Healthy, Happy, and safe 2011.  With his permission I will add my name to what he wrote to wish the same to you and your loved ones.  I’m sure you will enjoy reading the following by an unknown writer. Thanks for submitting it Brother Ken! – Ed.

I enter my Masonic New Year with the understanding that I am making a fresh start.  I begin by discarding thoughts, attitudes, and habits that are not compatible with an excellent life.  I let go of whatever caused past discouragement, disappointment, or disagreement.  I know that seemingly negative outcomes are desires or goals that are yet to be fulfilled.  I am open and receptive to new ideas, activities, and relationships.

Each day, I can follow a fresh plan of fulfillment.  I act on divine ideas that I receive in moments of prayer, and inspiration.  These ideas flow through wholesome, positive, thoughts.  As I use creative thinking to build, upon divine ideas, my activities and my abilities are enhanced.  Therefore, I enter this New Year with optimism, joy, and enthusiasm.
Author Unknown

Words to live by: “Drop the last year into the silent limbo of the past.  Let it go, for it was imperfect, and thank God that it can go.” Brooks Atkinson

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