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.”
Standing in this great porch view,
the misty hills I see.
So tinged with orange or with blue,
this new day calls to me.
Will talents of the past be used?
Will new gifts joyful show?
Will mundane life become amused?
Can an older man still grow?
A new year offers many things
to all, who stop to look.
The hopeful heart lifts joy, and sings,
its words, a published book.
But even if the moments wait,
before the new begins,
the peaceful breaths do work that's great,
preparing us for wins.
Sometimes the valley seems so dark
of rainbow's shady hues,
but when it's time to leave, embark,
you'll see you've paid your dues.
The highest heights, that God has planned,
oft start with muddy trudge.
The firmest plots of Beulah land
are after Despond's sludge.
The honor we so long to know
at God's Own Gracious Hand
is found in patience through the Slow,
the way, that He has planned.
by Jay O’Toole
on January 2nd, 2023