You would likely know how much we love you
but I would not have said that to you
as many times as I would have liked;
I think you would not be comfortable with such a show.
But I don’t think you quite know
how very proud I am of you
and how our lives, each and all,
would be bereft without your presence.
It is not your wealth
not your words
nor your actions
that make you the star that shines in our lives.
It is because of your wealth, your words, your actions,
that reveal the rhythms of your heart.
And it is in that mysterious, remarkable, generous rhythms
that touch our lives and hearts,
that bring to us, over and over,
the happy joy of calm lessons and seemly gratitude.
God must have thought we surely needed a guide and an angel
for he sent you to fill our lives
with so much more than we had a right to, or deserved.
I am so very Proud
to call you Brother.