by Jay O'Toole
We live much of life amid unique choices. Joy is anchored in The One beyond our life.
"Failures, repeated failures, are finger posts on the road to achievement.
One fails forward toward success."
C. S. Lewis
"I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen:
not only because I see it,
but because by it I see everything else."
C. S. Lewis
“I have come home at last!
This is my real country!
I belong here.
This is the land
I have been looking for all my life,
though I never knew it till now...
Come further up, come further in!”
― C.S. Lewis, The Last Battle
“The Road goes ever on and on
Down from the door where it began.
Now far ahead the Road has gone,
And I must follow, if I can,
Pursuing it with eager feet,
Until it joins some larger way
Where many paths and errands meet.
And whither then? I cannot say.”
J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring
“All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.”
Do you think of what you've done,
and wonder why you did it?
Do you think you could have won,
if you could just have hid it?
Do you wonder why your thoughts
so easily remember
the sinful things you were not taught,
but caught on fire as tinder?
Do you wish to start, again,
to do these things, never?
Do you wish the pain would end
for you have not been clever?
He saved your life when you first came.
He saves it ev'ry day, and will.
Your life can never be the same.
Your heart is blest, forgiven, thrilled.
"I can't forget what I have done!"
"I can't remember it at all."
"I feel I've lost and never won!"
"I saved you when my name you called."
"As far as the East is from the West,
so far He moves our sins away."
(Psalm 103:12, KJV)
My future's evermore been blest.
With Him in Christ, I'll ever stay.
Forgiven, my new title fair,
Forgiven, saved by Christ Alone,
Forgiven life down here and there,
Forgiven, hopes are blest and grown.
"But I have messed up in my life."
"My life redeemed your mess for aye."
"How do I know it's gone, my strife?"
"My Word's on it. Take what I say."
The things we cannot e'er forget
the Lord can never bring to mind.
Emotion's default is our debt.
Our debt, His Payment can ne'er find.
The Accuser of our brethren taunts,
"You're never good enough for Him."
The Lord, He died for us and wants
each heart with peace be filled to the brim.
Forgiven: "Jesus works, and I do not."
Forgiven: "Hope in Christ, and debt forgot."
Forgiven: "Life forever from His tomb."
Forgiven: "Saved by Grace, the Spirit's Womb."
Forgiven: "Standing 'fore His Father Great."
Forgiven: "Life in Christ, the perfect state."
Forgiven: "All of Jesus, and none of me."
Forgiven: "Evermore in Him we're free."
by Jay O’Toole
on January 19th, 2023
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