In 1972, the Poseidon Adventure, one of the best disaster movies of all times, hit the big screen.
At midnight on New Year’s Eve, the SS Poseidon was struck by a 90-foot tidal wave and capsized. Of the over 1700 passengers and crew aboard, only 9 survived led by Reverend Frank Scott.
Several events led to the disaster that unfolded that
dreadful night. The decisions of the leadership of the company combined with a natural disaster produced a nightmare that would cause much pain and agony.
The Poseidon was pushed to her limits in an effort to
complete her last voyage and stay on schedule to be de-commissioned. The leadership of the company made the decision to dump the ballast and let her ride high in the water in order to make more speed.
An underwater earthquake produced a 90-foot tidal wave that capsized the Poseidon plunging her crew and passengers into darkness.
Nine passengers had faith enough in the leadership of
Reverend Scott, to follow him upward and find their way out of the darkness into the light, while some of the passengers followed a leader that was using unsound judgement to their death.
The theme song of this movie was “The Morning After.”
Two of my favorite lines from this song are: “We have a
chance to find the sunshine. Let’s keep on looking for the light” and “Oh, can’t you see the morning after? It’s waiting right outside the storm.”
Brothers, we have been through quite an adventure this past year. We were cruising along enjoying our Masonic Journey and all of a sudden out of nowhere, that tidal wave know as Covid-19 struck our ship, sending us into total chaos.
Decisions were made by our leadership, some necessary but not popular. Some extremely hard to understand and some that plunged our ship into total darkness.
However, as the song says, “We have a chance to find the sunshine.” During our Annual Communication, held
in April, new leadership emerged and asked us to follow him upward out of the darkness into the light. Some of our Brothers wanted to continue to follow a path that led to chaos and certain destruction.
The Craft said, “Let’s keep looking for the light” and elected a new slate of officers to lead our Grand Lodge. With Most Worshipful Brother Ronald C. Mitchum on the Bridge, I feel certain that we will find the Morning After because It’s waiting right outside the storm.
Brothers, we have weathered the storm and now it is time for us to focus on the horizon and move forward to new adventures as we endeavor to grow our Fraternity.
Welcome to the Morning After!
Thomas E. Watson, SGW