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.”
This Christmas Eve we wait anew
for old Saint Nicholas,
a great man, who had much to do
with many souls to bless.
He loved the Lord with all his heart,
and lived to glory bring
to Christ, the Lord Salvation's Start
and End to make us sing.
Each gift surrounding ev'ry tree
is testimony of
the death, and rest, and Life to free
in Christ's eternal Love.
We savor ev'ry moment, now,
'til gifts present the choice.
Will we receive, before Him bow
or follow our own voice?
How can one man leave a gift for all
the humans on this Earth,
unless He be the Lord, Whose Call
leads to everlasting birth.
(John 6:37,44; John 14:6)
by Jay O’Toole
on December 24th, 2022