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.”
Rippled, rolling thunder sounds,
often BOOM alarms.
Rainy falls on the porch abound,
carried by His Arms.
Thunder in the heart of man,
shaken by distress.
Watching, waiting, shattered plan,
"Help" from a lifelike mess.
Thunderstorms seem harsh at first.
The noisy sounds break peace,
but earthly plants are quenched of thirst.
Emotions find release.
What can the God of all, that's made
be doing in this clash
'tween what's not seen, and what's displayed
when Hope's a pile of ash?
The newest forests of the West
were seeded in great heat
when old things burned in a firey test
when new things beauty meet.
E'en thunderstorms their hopes do give
to those who wait, and watch,
releasing grace, and ways to live,
'neath Wings to peaceful lodge.
(Psalm 91:1-4, KJV)
The storm will last for but a time.
The benefits increase.
His ways with Man are true, sublime.
His lasting gift is peace.
(John 6:37,44, KJV)
by Jay O’Toole
on January 4th, 2023