Sunday, July 17, 2011

He ain't heavy, he's my brother

The road is long
With many a winding turn
That leads us to who knows where
Who knows where

But I'm strong
Strong enough to carry him
He ain't heavy, he's my brother
So on we go

His welfare is of my concern
No burden is he to bear
We'll get there

For I know
He would not encumber me
He ain't heavy, he's my brother

If I'm laden at all
I'm laden with sadness
That everyone's heart
Isn't filled with the gladness
Of love for one another

It's a long, long road
From which there is no return
While we're on the way to there
Why not share

And the load
Doesn't weigh me down at all
He ain't heavy, he's my brother

He's my brother
He ain't heavy, he's my brother
He ain't heavy, he's my brother


Marty said...

my dear Rick ! j'espère que tu vas bien ! La vie est une aventure dont on ne sort pas vivant, mais comme il est difficile d'accepter un départ !
je me dis toujours quand un proche part pour le grand voyage, que j'ai eu beaucoup de chance de l'avoir connu ! il reste les souvenirs !
je te souhaite beaucoup de courage Rick, ton post est plein d'émotion !
je t'embrasse très fort ! K

Riet said...

Good morning Rick. Ik las net dat je broer is overleden. Mijn welgemeende medeleven.Mooie song.
Beste wensen en sterkte met het verlies.Riet

Katherine said...

Dear Rick,

My heartfelt condelences to you & your family Rick on the passing of your brother. I can only imagine your grief. This is such a lovely tribute to your brother & a lovely photo of him too. May his spirit sore. He will always be with you, in your heart & mind.

Thinking of You!
Katherine x

biebkriebels said...

Wat droevig te lezen dat je broer is overleden. Gecondoleerd met dit grote verlies en sterkte in de komende tijd. Een mooi portret en lied om hem te herdenken.
Groeten, Marianne

Barefoot from Heaven said...

Oh my God Rick....I've been away for such a long time, I longed for you post and as if today I was finally ready to be back in blogland. And the very first news that flew into my home was the loss of your brother. I am so deeply sorry for your loss, and for your families loss. Do know that in my heart I am with you the next following days in wich I hope I can carry a little of your burden.

May the farewell be beautiful and may your brother be remembered in all your hearts.
Soft gentle hugs from this part of the world.

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Words fail,but our God knows your sorrow and heaviness of heart.May you find comfort in His love and know that you will be reunited again.Parting hurts,there is no watt around that.My prayers are with you and the family.

Leslie said...

A lovely tribute to your brother, Rick. I'm so very sorry for your loss... praying for the Comforter to be near you all during this time.

Richard said...

I'm very sorry for your loss Rick, and that song is a beautiful song and was always one of my favorites growing up. So its the right song for this very sad time for you and your family. Richard

imac said...

What a great tribute to your brother Rick.
A real heartfelt post my friend.
You and your family are in our thoughts and Prayers.

CarreraCaballo said...

May his body rest in peace and may his soul find eternal happiness!



Fábio Martins said...

A good portrait, Rick!

becky said...

Oh Rick, I am so so sorry for your loss. I am sure words & condolences fall short at this time, but I hope you may you find moments of comfort...
This seems to be the perfect song to express your feelings.
take care the best you can at a time like this....

Jennifer Thompson said...

I am so very sorry to hear of your loss. My heart goes out to you and your family. Know that you are in my prayers.
What a beautiful tribute to your brother!

Here I Am/Carrie said...

What a beautiful tribute. My prayers are with you and your family. Warm hugs Carrie

Tammy said...

What a beautiful tribute.

I am so sorry for your loss.

pumpkydine said...

Rick my friend, when I have no words, I can only turn to the Word. "Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted." Matthew 5:4

Soraia Brito said...

I'm very sorry for your loss :(

Anonymous said...

Dad, I am so sorry for your loss. I pray for you and your parents and siblings. I have no idea what it would feel like to lose a sibling! He is in heaven in peace now with God. No more demons for him!!!! I love you so much!!!

Farmchick said...

So sorry for your loss. This is a great tribute to your brother.

Krista said...

Again - my sincerest condolences on your loss. Nothing can quite sooth that ache, can it? *hugs*

Cat said...

Such a beautiful tribute for your brother Rick. Lifting you and your family up and praying for peace and comfort for all of you.

Saz said...

Such a beautiful song Rick. I think you've dedicated a lovely song to your brother. I'm so sorry for your loss, and all my love and prayers are heading your way.

Many hugs!

Rick said...

Marty - thank you very much for your kind words. This song sums up our feelings, and is also a reminder for us all to care for each other.

Riek - van harte dank. The suddenness made it all the more difficult. I appreciate your kindness.

Katherine - your words of support are much appreciated ! I hope all is well in your world - you've also been through a lot this year.

Dank je wel, Marianne ! These events are difficult and the support of so many people like you is deeply felt.

Rick said...

Hi Dag - thank you for taking time to write such a supportive comment - I deeply appreciate it. Our memory of him will never fade.

Ruth - you speak from the pain of recent loss. Thank you for your encouragement - who would have thought I'd need it so soon. Praise God for the hope He provides.

Thank you so much Leslie. Without His comfort and promises, an event like this would be almost unbearable.

Richard - thanks for stopping by and leaving your kind comment. This song was also one of his favorites.

Rick said...

Stewart - thank you for your support and prayers.

Thank you very much Joseph. His soul has been released from this earthly strife and I'm sure is finally at rest.

Obrigado, Fábio (I should have added the photo credit - my cousin F. Schinkel of the Netherlands).

Thank you Becky - I appreciate your heartfelt comments. Yes, this song came to mind immediately and we played it at his memorial service.

Rick said...

Jennifer - thank you for your prayers and support.

I appreciate your kind words and support Carrie - you're part of that wonderful online community of fellow bloggers.

Thank you very much, Tammy.

Randy - thank you for reminding us of the source of all comfort. We're sustained by the promises of God, through Jesus.

Thanks for your support, Soraia.

Rick said...

Char - thank you for your support through all this, and your beautiful tribute at the service.

Thank you very much, Farmchick - I appreciate the outpouring of support from everyone.

Hi Krista - thank you. Yes, I don't think the ache will ever go away, perhaps it'll diminish a little with time. I appreciate you stopping by.

Cat - thank you very much. We have all been supported by so many. Although our hearts are heavy, it's so good to know we're remembered in so many prayers.

Thank you, Saz. This song was a little before your time, but I think its message is ageless.

Rick said...

To all my fellow bloggers: words are inadequate at times like this. I'm grateful for the outpouring of warmth and support through all your comments.

Life takes on a different perspective when events like this occur, as many of you are aware. Suddenly we're reminded of our own mortality - which isn't something we like to do in our culture. But life goes on for the living, even if not exactly the same as before. There are some tasks that need to be done yet but I will get back into photography and blogging. soon.

Thank you, and may God bless and keep you all.

darlin said...

Rick you're so right, at a time like this words are inadequate yet I am very sorry to hear of the loss of your brother. His soul is now in the best hands of all, God's loving hands.

I'm going to send you a virtual hug,I find at times like these hugs warm the heart and help ease the pain, even if only for a split second. So huge hugs sent your way tonight my friend. May God be with and bless you and your family.

Hope said...

Rick I am so sorry to hear about your brother.. you put up a beautiful tribute to him..
your in my thoughts as well as my prayers..

Su said...

Dear friend...

beautiful song to show your fellings about your loss. I believe that your brother is in peace, and I know how terrible is to loose someone we love so much, but life goes on, and the time will help you and your family to get better, but always with your brother living in your hearts. Take care of you. God bless you and your family.


lisa said...

I am so very, very sorry Rick.
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.


teca said...

I leave you a enormous warm hug, honey!
God bless you all.
Sweet kisses and love.

Cloudia said...

Deepest Sympathy and Aloha to you dear friend-

Aloha from Waikiki;

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jasmin said...

lieber Rick, Trauer und Verlust - Loslassen und verabschieden. Ein seelischer Rückzug.
mein tiefes Mitgefühl.

Bitch said...

Dear Rick.
I send you also my deepest sympathy
with all my love.

Lisa RedWillow said...

Rick this is beautiful. Im so very sorry to read you also lost a brother. Its a hard road to walk.
My deepest sympathy to and to your family. You remain in my prayers.

Laura Delegal - Leroy Photography said...

So sorry to hear of your loss, Rick. Keeping you in our prayers and holding you in our heart.

Tricia ♥Charming Barn Hunter♥ said...

Terribly sorry for your loss, Rick. Take care, be careful & God bless! =)

MDZNY said...

Hey Dad,
I just listened to that song again and wanted to pass on my condolences. I can only imagine the feeling. I hope that you are beginning to heal and have been able to relish in the good times the two of you had together. I love you and look forward to seeing you when you're back. Graydon misses you too! Just a 'chatty-Cathy' alright! He'll have lot's to tell you.