Grand Commandery Knights Templar Massachusetts & Rhode Island
Grand Commander 2022-2023
S.K. Eugene Blake Nichols
Christmas Greetings Sir Knights,
It has been said that when people are filled with the Holy Spirit, have a thriving relationship with God, and seek each day to follow the example of Jesus Christ, there is a significant glow about them. There is a difference in their steps, personalities, service to others, and handling of problems. How does this “glow” or difference change us and what are we supposed to do about it? This one verse, stated from the lips of Jesus Himself, seems to epitomize exactly what we are to do with this inner change. In Matthew 5:16, the verse states the following: “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.”
The light referenced here is that inner glow. It is that positive change within you, that contentment, that inner peacefulness. It is the inexplainable way we can receive hope over despair, peace over chaos and joy over sorrow.
The light is the knowledge that God is your Father, Jesus is your Savior, and your path is being led forward by the loving presence of the Holy Spirit. It is the awareness that who you were before knowing Jesus personally and accepting His sacrifice, is quite different from who you are now. You treat yourself and others better; you seek to serve others with a glad heart; you strive to honor God’s love.
This transformation becomes evident as the “light” inside us. In Masonry, receiving light means receiving knowledge. We are continually seeking further light which comes from our acceptance of Jesus and our knowledge of God’s love. When we harness this power and let our light shine, others will see our bright beacon. When we display good character in our words, actions and thoughts and show love, kindness, and goodness, we reflect God’s light.
As followers of Jesus, we are living in some pretty dark times. The world has been turned upside down. Now more than ever, we are being called to be lights in a world struggling against physical and spiritual forces like never before. As we shine our lights, let us ask God to continually show us how we can be beacons of His life-changing hope!
In this Christmas season, Lady Susan and I hope that by opening your lives to the Holy Spirit, seeking God’s will, meditating upon the Scriptures and reflecting the light of Jesus you will find and enjoy peace and happiness in the year to come.
In His Devoted Service,
S. K. Eugene Blake Nichols.
IN HOC SIGNO VINCES
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