Pat & Bill had been Lodge Brothers for
many years. They had promised
each other long
ago that the first to go to the Grand Lodge above
would return to tell the other whether there really were Lodges
Heaven and what they were like.
By and by, it came to pass that Bill went first.
day shortly after, Pat was working in his garden when he heard a
whispered voice - Pssst Pat!"
looked around but saw nothing. A few moments later he heard, now
quite clearly - Pat! Its me, Bill!"
Pat exclaimed, "are you in Heaven?"
"Indeed I am", said Bill.
Pat paused for a while to get
over the shock and then said "Well,
Bill, are there Lodges up there in Heaven?"
are, Pat. There are Lodges all over and they are
quite magnificent, equal or better than any we have seen.
meetings are well attended, the ritual is word perfect, the festive
board fantastic and the
spirit of Masonic Fellowship is all
" My goodness, Bill," said Pat, It certainly
sounds very impressive
but for all that you seem rather sad. Tell me old friend, what is the
Well, Pat, you are right. I have some good news and some bad."
" OK, whats the good news?"
The good news is that we are doing a Master Mason degree this coming Wednesday"
"Great" said Pat. " What's
the bad news then?"
" You're the Senior Deacon! "