Freemason Wisdom: Rudyard Kipling On Love

Rudyard Kipling
by Midnight Freemasons Regular Contributor 
Judy Gordon 

“Heaven grant us patience with a man in love.” 

~Rudyard Kipling
Hope and Esperance Lodge No. 782, India

Ray and Judy Gordon--then and now
Remember last week’s Blog I wrote, Have you ever received a reward that made you speechless?”

This is in regards to me being speechless. I ALWAYS have something to say…Well, on 2/1/91, I was speechless…yes I was. All I could do was nod my head..”YES” I will marry you. 

Ray had it all planned out to have someone say the proposal speech in front of about 100 people at a Jaycee event. Ray was sitting next to me just grinning from ear to ear with a diamond ring. Going forward... two kids, two (soon to be three) grandsons, and one very spoiled dog later, we will be celebrating 20 years of marriage on 6/20/12. 

Happy Anniversary Ray! Ray has certainly earned the patience award for being with me over 25 years.


Judy Gordon considers herself a York Rite Child. She's very active in Job's Daughters. She's the Past Honored Queen, and Bethel Guardian of Bethel No. 55, Pekin (IL). She received the Cryptic Masons Masonic Youth Leadership Award along with her husband, Ray Gordon in July 2007. She's also Past Matron of the Morton Chapter No. 974 (IL) of the Order of the Eastern Star and Historian of the Emblem Club No. 424 of Pekin (IL) Ray and Judy have two (soon to be three) grandkids, and a very spoiled dog, Reggie (who incidentally volunteers as a Therapy Dog at local hospitals and nursing homes.)

Todd's Note:  I'd like to congratulate my friends Ray and Judy on twenty years of marriage!  I often tell the story about my wife Valerie.  I told her when I became a Mason it would be one meeting a month and the occasional pancake breakfast.  Then there was the Scottish Rite, then the York Rite, then a book, then four more...  I always expected at some point I was going to reach the end her patience.  So I finnaly asked why she never got upset with me.  And she told me quite simply, "because I get something out of it to.  I wound up with a much better product than the one I married."

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