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Nudges and Stumbles

Lately I have been writing (when I write at all) about DeMolay and not much about faith. If you’ve started following me recently then you may be surprised at today’s subject matter. This was a blog about faith before it was about anything else.

To be more accurate… it is a blog about me 🙂 – in the sense that it is about things I have discovered along the way. Some of these things are factual (I love mysteries and puzzles – answering questions and resolving unknowns). Some are truths I have learned or discovered.

This morning I woke at 3:21 AM. More accurately my insulin pump woke me with an alarm. Because I have struggled the last few days to keep that pump in its automatic mode, I woke to attend to it. And couldn’t find sleep again. So I glanced at my phone and the first thing that I saw was a post on Facebook about following God’s nudges by Marlena Graves. She is a writer and Christian leader for whom I have developed a deep respect and whose writing I find a continuing source of both spiritual nourishment and challenge.

Lately I have been struggling with some mistakes I’ve made… the nature of them is unimportant. But her words helped me disentangle mistakes made about certain things from the broader response of my life to what was clearly a nudge from God to take a fork in the road that led in a different direction. While I’ve doubted the choice from time to time, I have always come back to the reality that God pulled me down a path that I would have never pursued on my own. The path on which I walked was filled with certainty and comfort. This one – despite appearances to the contrary – is marked by doubt and risk in contrast.

I can’t give you a formula for knowing when God is nudging you. This is more than following your dreams. Nor is it taking control of your life. It is, rather, allowing God’s dream to take hold of you. It is surrendering to a journey you do not control and is risky and may not end well.

Abram (as he was then called) was on a journey with his father but then received the call to continue that journey. He made mistakes in answering that call – you and I will, too. But he went because he knew who had called and who had promised. The nudge was enough.



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DeMolay Centennial – First Executive Officer of Ohio

Our official, Ohio DeMolay lists includes a list of the Executive Officers of Ohio DeMolay. For those unfamiliar with DeMolay, the Executive Officer is the head adult leader in the state and represents the International Supreme Council. The first man listed is George Clark who began serving in 1926. He was not, however, the first!

In the November 1922 edition of The DeMolay Councilor, the following appears (with some errors I won’t go into here):

According to the announcement made last week by Frank S. Land, grand scribe
and national organizer, Charles Woodruff of Columbus, O., has been appointed
deputy DeMolay of the Scottish rites (SIC) in Ohio by Judge Alexander G.
Cochran of St. Louis. The appointment of Melvin M. Johnson as Massachusetts
deputy DeMolay also was announced.”

The next issue lists Charles Woodruff as a deputy member of the Grand Council.
(Thank you to Past State Master Councilor Pat King for this information).

Over the next two years, Woodruff’s name crops up in local newspapers as visiting the DeMolay chapters founded in the early years of the order in Ohio. Notes of a gathering in Toledo that would give birth to our Ohio State Council show him present and in charge.

One of the mysteries has been – what happened to Dad Woodruff? I came across the newspaper article clipped herethat answers the question. By 1930 Dad Woodruff had passed due, presumably, to his illness that led to his resignation in 1924.

He was a member of York Lodge # 563 and later a charter member of Kinsman Lodge # 617 which he served as Master in 1915. He was according to records of the Grand Lodge active in central Ohio Masonic activities for much of the late 19-teens’ and into the early 20’s. What else he may have done Masonically is not recorded in anything I have found.

I have been working on his history and will have more in next week’s post about the history of the Grand Lodge of Ohio’s position on DeMolay (I did a presentation on this at the recent Ohio Allied Masonic Degrees Ingathering in Columbus).


One of the lingering questions is… what happened between 1924 when Dad Woodruff resigned and 1926 when Dad George Clark took the helm?

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