Friday, June 13, 2008

We Wish Tim and His Family Well

It is all too easy to feel jaded in this world we live in. We're used to people being superficial or living by motives rather than sincerity. Hypocrisy seems to be the byword of religion these days as all too many churchgoers seem to schedule their 'Good' days (usually a Sunday) and then ... the 'rest of the week.'

Walking a straight line isnt easy. But when I looked into becoming a Mason, one of the most attractive things that I found about it was the Masonic admonition to do what was right simply 'because it is the right thing to do'. That's humbling in every way. But it is perfect too, and somehow beautiful as all true things are.

I received a phone call today from a Brother, and a man who I hope to think of as a friend of mine. He wanted to call and check up on how I was doing after walking the Hot Sands of the Desert last week during my Shrine initiation. He wanted to be sure that I had a good experience and that everything was going well for me.

I answered everything to the positive. I'm a little sore all in all, though I have to laugh there. But I'm doing just fine! I don't exactly remember anything quite like that in the Scottish Rite or the York Rite either.

While I was on the phone I asked this Brother a few questions and discovered that his wife is undergoing heart surgery to remove a blockage in a couple of days.

And here he was ... on the phone ... checking to make sure I was ok. Wow. Maybe it's just me but I dont get a lot of that.

The man I am talking about is the man that Raised me as a Master Mason. He has a voice you wont forget, a quiet charm and something else. This man, Brother Tim Couch, has the Light.

Tim is the DDGL of the 34th Masonic District of Missouri. He is a Past Master of Friend Lodge #352 in Ozark Mo. and a Member of the Scottish Rite (K.C.C.H.), Shrine and the Missouri Lodge of Research. He has memorized more Ritual than I can understand and keeps his finger on the Masonic pulse better than any man I personally know.

Still, what makes Tim stand out to me is something you cannot know in meeting a man just once. Tim has real character. He has always gone out of his way to help me and others. He has never asked for anything in return. And it is completely obvious that he is perfectly sincere. He genuinely cares about people.

Tim Couch is quite simply the finest example of Masonic conduct, and Masonry, that I have had the pleasure of knowing. To be honest, I always feel a bit weird around guys like Tim because I don't want to disappoint them.

Guys like Tim are rare in the outside world. I think this kind of man is the kind of man Freemasonry is trying to make of all of us. I'm sure he's least a little sure...and that he has his own rough ashlar somewhere to work on. But Tim has a pretty good knowledge of the Working Tools and he's putting them to good use.

I'll certainly put Tim's wife and his family in my prayers and I hope that you Brothers out there do the same.

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