About a week ago, I was struck by how naked I felt without my lapel pin. I'm a "blue collar" worker, I work with my hands, I wear a uniform but, I always have my lapel pin pinned to the collar on my shirt. And I make sure my collar sits on top of my safety vest. But on this Monday, it wasn't there. I had taken it off of my dirty shirt in order to pin it to a clean one, and I plain old forgot. I packed my wallet, phone, keys, switched out my glasses for my safety glasses, but I forgot to pin my emblem on my collar.
So, in this way, I’d ask the question, “Is our Masonic ring more important than our Wedding rings?” Again we are family first, so who can say? I think it is a matter of opinion and I am sure there will be some heated comments and debates. My own feeling is that my Wedding ring and my Masonic ring are but material things that I could seriously care less about. My wife and Masonry live in my heart forever. However I’m proposing the question, let’s hear what you think…
Bro. Robert Johnson, 32° is the Managing Editor of the Midnight Freemasons blog. He is a Freemason out of the First North-East District of Illinois. He belongs to Waukegan Lodge No. 78. He is also a member of the York Rite bodies Royal Arch, Cryptic Council, Knights Templar, AMD, The Illinois Lodge of Research and a member of the Scottish Rite Valley of Chicago as well as a charter member of the Society of King Solomon, a charity organization run by the Grand Lodge of Illinois. Brother Johnson currently produces and hosts a weekly Podcast (internet radio program) Whence Came You? which focuses on topics relating to Freemasonry. In addition, he produces video shorts focusing on driving interest in the Fraternity and writes original Masonic papers from time to time. He is a husband and father of three. He works full time in the safety industry and is also a photographer on the side as well as an avid home brewer. He is currently working on a book of Masonic essays.