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Once again we find ourselves nearing the end of another year. As much as I am fully involved in preparing for a family Christmas I do try to find a few quiet times, times for some personal reflection.

This season has brought difficulties to me with Ill health within my family. This has caused me to reflect on the difficulties that many of you face. I have gained great strength from our Christian community of the Temple in Scotland and from its sense of family and I hope this proves the case for all members of our Order.

At this time of the year we as Christians pause, holding our breath, waiting patiently for Christmas morning and the hope and love it brings to us all.

Our Order has at its core charity. As we celebrate Christmas let us not forget charity, not forget the many who face difficulties in their lives whether members of the Order or not.

The original Order looked after the needs of pilgrims. We are all pilgrims on our own journeys and at times we too need the helping hand, the friendly encouragement, the gift of charity and the love others. Hold these thoughts in your hearts.

I wish you all a very Happy Christmas and a Good Scottish New Year.

James Hodge, GCT

Most Eminent & Reverend Grand Master

Grand Master