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From The Chaplain's Desk
September 2012 Chaplain's Corner

By Marvin Wilbur, Past Chaplain of the CT State Grange

  SEPTEMBER 3, 2012 --

It is harvest time. A time to enjoy the fruits of our labors in the fields and orchards. Picking various fruit and vegetables makes us remember that Nature adheres to various laws. Spring always comes after winter, then summer, fall and winter again—there is no confusion in the seasons.

If we do not surrender to evil good things will happen. It may not be for a long time, but we must not give up doing good. Our granges have done so much Community Service over the years that it amazes anyone who hears about it. People and organizations in all walks of life have been helped in their need by our Granges. I find it very difficult to comprehend all the good that we do. I am sure if the unreported things were reported, it would stagger our imagination.

How is your grange doing? Many of us are struggling to meet our obligations and have time, funds and energy to volunteer in our community. But you know what?  We do it. For me, it makes me feel good when I can help someone, even if they don’t know about it. That’s what Subordinate Grange is all about—helping others in their time of need. 

You never know how the person receiving the help feels. They may have been praying for days for someone to call or visit or help. Of course they would not admit to that. It is against human nature to admit we need help, but we do. Just a card letting a person know they are not forgotten can mean so much. I know.  It is a terrible thing to be lonely and forgotten. Many of our grangers are forgotten though. I urge you to remember them. I urge you to visit them, send them cards, call them—anything so they know they are not forgotten.  You never know the good it does.

Grangers are wonderful people. I have met so many I have lost count and I think about them in many ways. If we cannot let our members know we love them and need them and have not forgotten them just because they are housebound  or have physical problems, what does that say for us. 

Isn’t it a great thing that God does not treat us the way we treat others?


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