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.”
Nights of parties, smiling faces,
nights of rest, enjoying bliss,
nights of peace, and hopeful graces,
Joy in lights, and gentle kiss.
Nights of sitting with some coffee,
nights communing with some tea,
nights of cups, and sweetest toffee,
tastefully to share with thee.
Nights are longer in December,
nights requiring manmade lights,
nights our eyes feast on each ember,
colors glow reds, and greens, and whites.
Nights lead up to Christmas morning.
Nights then shorten ev'ry day.
Nights are God's Own gentle warning,
"Look to Jesus, and obey."
by Jay O’Toole
on December 9th, 2022