A Visit To The Grand Canyons And The Contemplation Of Time

by Midnight Freemasons Contributor
Greg Knott

I was at the Grand Canyon a few weeks ago and was just awe struck at the magnificence of the handy work of God and the majesty of this natural wonder.  Staring right at you is over 500 million years of natural history.  It brings into deep contemplation our humanly existence and how little time we are really here in this world.

In the 3rd degree lecture, we talk about the Hour-glass:

"The Hour-glass is an emblem of human life. Behold how swiftly the sands run, and how rapidly our lives are drawing to a close. We cannot, without astonishment, behold the little particles which are contained in this machine, how they pass away almost imperceptibly, and yet, to our surprise, in the short space of an hour, they are all exhausted…"

As a Mason in the 1st degree you are taught that the 24-inch gauge is for the “noble and glorious of dividing our time…” How do you divide your time?  As Brother Don Goupil of Flat Rock Lodge No. 348 (IL) likes to say, “We all have the same 24-hours in a day, how are you choosing to spend your 24-hours?”

Your hour-glass is running. As Masons we have the tremendous opportunity to give some of our time to each other, our families and our communities. With each experience you can grow and improve yourself personally and make a difference in the lives of others.

Behold the sands of time are slipping away, how will you use your allotment?  You still have time, challenge yourself to make a difference in your lodge, your family and your community.  Share Freemasonry with others so that they may also experience our great fraternity.


I have more pictures of the magnificent Grand Canyon at: 

WB Gregory J. Knott is the Past Master of St. Joseph Lodge No. 970 in St. Joseph (IL) and a plural member of Ogden Lodge No. 754 (IL), and Homer Lodge No. 199 (IL). He's a member of both the Scottish Rite, and the York Rite, and is the Charter Secretary of the Illini High Twelve Club in Champaign-Urbana. He's also a member of the Ansar Shrine (IL). Greg is very involved in Boy Scouts--an Eagle Scout himself, he serves the Grand Lodge of Illinois A. F. & A. M. as their representative to the National Association of Masonic Scouters.

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