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.”
A quiet day to quiet minds,
before we walk anew
the streets of town, new places find
to live, and play, and do.
A quiet day is what we seek
to help the days so loud.
Unsettled hearts throughout the week
need a break from the days of crowds.
A quiet day is where we start
to seek the Face of God,
Who comes with us to office, mart,
where we seem weak and flawed.
"A quiet day" may be too few
upon this soil and loam,
with piles of things we need to do
before we're fin'lly Home.
A quiet day needs be within,
all Fearings now to quell,
until we live beyond all sin,
and fear is bound to Hell.
A quiet day is sheltered here
"within Christ's boundless wings."
(Psalm 91:1-4, KJV)
The way, we see, is free and clear.
His Spirit makes us sing.
A quiet Day is evermore
in Jesus' strong, blest arms
for He Alone knows what's in store
for those He frees from harms.
("Fearings" is a reference to the family of Fearings,who are characters in Hannah Hurnard's great book, Hinds Feet on High Places. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/821056.Hinds_Feet_on_High_Places)
by Jay O’Toole
on January 20th, 2023