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.”
Daily life: Again we wake.
Newness, always seen.
Not one thing from us can take
the wonders, that have been.
New Year's Life: The Lord hath given.
Find in Him all peace.
First month's grace we now are livin'
t'ward Hope's new release.
Eight days in the number's plain.
New life meaneth this,
"Seven is completest gain.
Eight beginning's kiss."
In 23 we've 12 month's scroll
to write new hopes and goals.
New life can live within the soul.
It's Christ's blest gifted whole.
In Him our old, dead things are past.
In Him the new has come.
Salvation Joy forever lasts
in ev'ry part, and sum.
by Jay O’Toole
on January 8th, 2023