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 days of joyful gatherings
become the day-to-day.
Christmas carols choirs sing
become good words to say.
Last week's job is over, now,
and this week's job I learn.
Emotions must all serve and bow
as New I must discern.
It makes no diff'rence if the place
of business is the same,
I must give training its own place
as that first day, I came.
The usefulness of my old skills
must take a step behind
as leadership and teamful wills
bid new skills I must find.
One day retirement will be mine,
but even in that day
my blossoming upon the vine
fulfills each prayer I pray.
My daily trek is one more step
t'ward Christ's Eternity.
"Dear Lord, please give me vim and pep.
Your honored Name they see."
These daily days become much less
of my own strength and skill.
I bow before Thy Name to bless,
to do Thy Loving Will.
by Jay O’Toole
on December 27th, 2022