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.”
The Serenity Prayer:
"God grant me
the Serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
Courage to change the things I can &
the Wisdom to know the difference."
A white and cold Christmas comes
to blanket all the continent.
We're looking at the snowy sums
to find a place to compliment.
"But it's not like that mostly, Friends.
The snow is just an afterthought.
This frigid cold quite truly rends
all peaceful travel tickets bought."
That's Ryan Hall, the shade-tree coach
of all things weather related.
He says the coldest sure approach
must not be lost, nor understated.
"Dear God, I ask You grant me true
the Wisdom to see truth each day.
I'd like to change what I can do,
accepting what I can't, I pray."
The difference between making change,
and waiting for God's Hand to work
is wisdom known to rearrange
the hopes of peace from words of "shirk."
"Dear God, we pray for a peaceful end
to this great storm, that tempts us fear.
Please, keep our loved ones safe and send
Your angels making our way clear.
"Please, help us do the things we can
to bundle up and eat some food.
Please, help us save by greatest plan
our pets and elders for their good.
"But what the weather does is Yours.
We rest upon Your Ancient Grace.
Each life, that's hid in You endures
down here or in Your Lasting Place.
"For Wisdom's Peace in You is best.
You work through us to our best task.
You show us, that in ev'ry test
in Hope to rest. It's all we ask.
In Your Great Name, amen."
God keep you, Dear Friends, further north
as we endure what is to come.
The other side may He lead forth,
restoring Life's abundant sum.
by Jay O’Toole
on December 22nd, 2022