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.”
Success in life has many veins,
the things we've done, and ones we've known.
The hopeful heart has much to gain
from blessed friendships we have grown.
Piano playing is a gift,
once giv'n by God, and trained by Man.
The saddest days are often lift
by wondrous tones of His great plan.
And still the gifted teachers live
through ev'ry song I've joy to play.
The fellowship is here to give
me hope, through all that's called "today."
My tuba strengthed the early years
through marching, concerts played my part
as courage overcame my fears,
conductor's downbeat caused us start.
The hometown stage made me so bold
to act, and sing, and dance a lot,
that when the story fin'lly told,
I bow on my own numbered spot.
The things I've done, and those I've known
still bless me to this very day.
The gifts I use, and skills I hone
bring smiles when all we fin'lly say.
by Jay O’Toole
on March 1st, 2023