Brotherly Love & Some IF’s

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BROTHERLY LOVE ( a true story)

His name was Fleming,  and he was a poor Scottish farmer. One day, while trying to make a living for his family, he heard a cry coming from a nearby bog. He dropped his tools and ran to the bog. There, mired to his waist in black muck, was a terrified boy, screaming and struggling to free himself. Farmer Fleming saved the lad from what would have been a slow and terrifying death.

The next day, a fancy carriage pulled up to the Scotsman’s sparse surroundings. An elegantly dressed nobleman stepped out and introduced himself as the father of the boy Farmer Fleming had saved. ” I want to repay you” said the Nobleman ” You saved my son’s life”  ” No, I can’t accept payment for what I did” the Scottish farmer replied, waving off the offer.

At that moment, the farmer’s own son came to the door of the family hovel. “Is that your son?” the nobleman asked. “Yes” the farmer replied proudly. ” I’ll make you a deal. Let me provide him with the level of education my own son will enjoy. If the lad is anything like his father he’ll no doubt grow to be a man we can both be proud of.”

Farmer Fleming’s son attended the very best schools, and in time he graduated from St Mary’s Hospital School in London, and went on to become known throughout the world as the noted Sir Alexander Fleming. He became a member of the Craft and the discoverer of Penicillin. Years afterward, the same nobleman’s son who was saved from the bog was stricken with pneumonia. What saved his life was Penicillin.

The name of the nobleman was Lord Randolph Churchill. His son’s name was Brother Sir Winston Churchill.


If you can start the day the day without caffeine or pep pills,

If you can be cheerful, ignoring aches and pains,

If you can resist complaining and boring people with your troubles,

If you can eat the same food everyday and be grateful for it,

If you can understand when loved ones are too busy to give you time,

If you can overlook when people take things out on you when something goes wrong,

If you can take criticism and blame without resentment,

If you can face the world without lies and deceit,

If you can conquer tension without medical help,

If you can relax without liquor,

If you can sleep without the aid of drugs,

If you can do ALL of these things.

Then you are probably the FAMILY DOG.


Thank you for taking the time to read this presentation, I do hope it has been of interest and has stimulated thought.

I will conclude by wishing you all a Wonderful Day and God’s Blessing.

V.W.Bro. Norman McEvoy

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