Brother of mine

I’ve been in a clean up mode for a long time now. It is a slow process, in particular, because I am so attached to many things created in the past, and so I never truly throw away boxes of papers, notes, printouts.

Brother Of Mine

Brother Of Mine

Today I dug out the words of a song I wrote in July 1999. It was in response to the suicidal thoughts of two people — one, my own brother, the other, a seeker for spirituality whom I had just met at a Baha’i fireside.I had been driving semi-lost to that fireside hoping that the directions were right, fearing I had missed the right exit, fighting my instinct to turn back and go home where I would have some semblance of control. Luckily I persevered and having stuck to the instructions I arrived at the fireside where I met the seeker whose struggle inspired the song, but how often we lose faith in what seems line a prolonged voyage; how often we diminish the power of God’s work by not fully trusting in Him…

As the message of this song is very relevant to me today, I am posting the words in the hope they might inspire others. And if anyone wants to collaborate in recording the song, let me know.

Brother of Mine

How can I help you, o brother of mine
Fear of death sending shivers down my spine
Although we might feel often alone
There’s loving God with us all along

How can I help you, o brother of mine
Cling to the cord of the heavenly vine
Search for the truth, and you won’t be alone
God is walking with us all along

Though the painting’s not aware of its painter nor its frame
The painter’s art alone is the reason for his fame
Blinded by the search for the Philosopher’s stone
We don’t notice God is with us all along

How can I help you, o brother of mine
Cling to the cord of the heavenly vine
Search for the truth, and you won’t be alone
God is walking with us all along

Rivers divide us, bridges bring us close
With all the technology we still need a rose
To tell our loved ones: we care and pray
That the Lord sends them a sunny ray

How can I help you, o brother of mine
Cling to the cord of the heavenly vine
Search for the truth, and you won’t be alone
God is walking with us all along

It’s like driving through a strange town — it’s so easy to forget
That we need faith and vision to get to where we are set
Though we might feel often we are lost and last in line,
God is with us, o brother of mine

How can I help you, o brother of mine
Cling to the cord of the heavenly vine
Search for the truth, and you won’t be alone
God is walking with us all along

Update: Having written this song one summer day in 1999 in response to my brother’s struggle with hopelessness, I had an opportunity to do a demo recording of it in October 2011 with Yosi Mesbah at the Baha’i Musical Industry Weekend in California.

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