Easter has arrived and, besides the Easter Bunny, Jelly Beans, and Chocolate Eggs, this holiday also brings renewed thoughts of faith and devotion. And I want to share a brief account of an old story about King Solomon and The Dream, and it goes something like this:
When Solomon was made king, he went to Gibeon 10 sacrifice there, and he gave a thousand burnt offerings at the altar. And also in Gibeon, the LORD appeared 10 Solomon in a dream at night, and God said, “Ask what I shall give you.”
Solomon said, · You have shown my father, David, great strength and mercy, and he has walked before you in truth, righteousness, and with an upright heart. You have given him a son to sit on his throne. And now, LORD, you have made me king.” Solomon was young, and felt he did not have the experience to rule his people. Solomon wanted to be a good king, as was his father David.
So Solomon asked in prayer, not for a long life, or wealth, or death upon his enemies. He instead prayed for an understanding heart and the wisdom to be able to tell good from evil. God was pleased that Solomon asked to be a good and wise king instead of asking for selfish things, and God told him, he would grant Solomon wisdom and understanding. And because Solomon requested wisdom, God also gave him long life and wealth. Solomon did become the wisest of all men, and kings and queens from all over the world came to seek his wisdom. He composed 3,000 proverbs and 1,005 songs. He also wrote the Song of Songs, the Book of Proverbs and Ecclesiastes.
I hope that all of our rnernbeB can share these values of wisdom and judgment every day. I hope to see you at Grand lodge, and to you and your families, have a Happy Easter.
Ted J. Parry