Past Master - Ecclesiastes 12
Nolan Keck


The Oriental Chair sat empty. The faithful Craftsman glimpsed it from afar, and a thought came forth like a Sprig of Acacia in his heart, “If a man die, shall he live again?” Grand Master Hiram Abiff has passed, and the Craftsman was of no royal blood. I have no orders fitting these circumstances! How must I reopen that Lodge of Master Masons, take hold of the Gavel, and sit in the Oriental Chair, taking King Solomon’s place? Considering this, he began to seek more Light, remembering the words of King Solomon the Wise: “Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth!” From a grip to a span, he squared the stone and approached the West Gate. Solemn strikes the funeral chime! King Solomon’s words came to him again: “Or ever the silver cord be loosed, or the golden bowl be broken, or the pitcher be broken at the fountain, or the wheel broken at the cistern. Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it.” From a span to a grip, the answer came to him: God is a Spirit, and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth. Even though a Craftsman, he will be a Ruler whose scepter is justice, whose kingdom is in the heart of humanity, and whose throne is builded in love. With years of discipline and self-control to guide him, he ascended up onto the Oriental Chair and sat down in King Solomon’s place to wield the Gavel for the sake of wisdom and justice. Finally presiding over the Lodge of Master Masons, his head remained covered. In the unbroken line of divine illumination from the Great Light, he prayed “Help us to be a blessing to mankind.”

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