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.”
Blessed notes of every stripe,
up and down the board,
glissandos as fingers swipe
these waves to praise the Lord.
Measured notes of whole and half
with sixteenth runs as well,
a swaying bridge is now the staff,
that makes each heart to swell.
The Wexford Carol is the first,
that I must play when practicing.
Messiah born for souls, who thirst
removes the need for balancing.
The other gift of Christmas tune
is "Still, Still, Still," its peace imparts.
Messiah's coming now so soon
removes great conflict from the start.
To sing and play of He, Whose Birth
began the restoration Plan
is Joy of heart beyond all mirth
in Grace fore'er The Savior can.
by Jay O’Toole
on December 21st, 2022