To: My newly found Brothers here.
- From: "Jeffry Petersen" <ChildID@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Wed, 6 May 2009 18:04:03 CST
I want to express that you are also my brothers
and that I very much appreciate the replies I have
got back from all of you. As I am the Senior Steward
of Saint Petersburg Lodge 139, your knowledge of the
craft could not have a price tag put on it. I am sitting
back learning as MUCH as I can about the Craft.
Every reply is being sucked up in my mind like water
going into a dry sponge. I love and respect each of you.
That being said, I want to discuss something here with all
of you, something that is new to me in my life since
I have joined the Masons. I have never encountered the
loss of a brother in our lodge. Now, It has been just over
two years since my raising... and our 'Tyler' is showing signs
of going to that undiscovered country.
He is going to be 84 years old this year. I fear he shouldnt drive
at night, so i pick him up and drop him off twice a week.
I have grown to love him like a father. He is a fifty year
member, I believe he is in his 52nd year in Masonry. He was
an orphan. Raised in a Masonic Orphanage. His entire life
has been Masonry right from the begininng. Imagine, being
a mason from birth?
This man has written books and books that are in the library of
congress. Yet, I just found out about this a month or so ago.
During his time a an author, he was a traveling salesman selling
that silly stuff out of the trunk of his car. He served in WW2.
He told me of a story where he was in battle in Germany, where
he came up on a young Nazi. Earl (my brother) was just 19 at
the time. He told me they looked at each other.. and he refused
to shoot this man, that he felt he was just a kid himself.. and the Nazi
and him lowered thier guns, and walked away from each other.
WOW! What an act that happened there!! On a human level on
His health is rapidly decreasing before my eyes, and I emailed
our secretary with my concerns. I believe he has fallen inside or
outside his home. He says his toe feels broken, but refuses to
go to the hospital. This is why I think he just didnt stub his toe,
but rather has fallen. He has no children or family... outside the lodge.
Nobody is 'checking' in on him. The secretary emailed me back
this morning at 5:30 am and said my concerns are well founded.
And that he needs to talk to me in person about this.
This is the point I find myself in at this time.
I have lost my parents and my youngest brother over the last 7 years
and I have seen the comparisons of watching my father and mother
pass away. This is why I feel that we need to be on HIGH alert.
Please, keep him in your prayers, and feel free to discuss any
of your personal experiences as I will take the replies very seriously.
I will be looking for solid advice on this matter thru your experiences.
I know how I handle things on a human level.. but I feel the need that
the masonic people right here in Saint Petersburg, his home show that
he is TRUELY LOVED for the 84 years of him.... being a living stone,
of this... Honorable Fraturnity.
I am 45 years old, and did not take my obligation lightly.
Respectfully in service,
Jeffry Petersen, SS
Saint Petersburg Lodge #139
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