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 polar vortex shifts about
to bring us springtime cold.
The pollen seeds have burst on out.
A story doth unfold.
The time is now when blooms abound,
but frost is at the door.
How will the plants find life, rebound
when winter's temps are more?
Will frozen blooms need to bloom, again?
Will pollen cover us twice?
How will the growing months begin?
Will harvest be as nice?
We've left our comfort zone it seems
as plants and humans reel
before the cold our great Lord deems
our lesson best we feel.
The Lord of Glory speaks in words,
in life, in the harshest tones
when humans have His Truths oft spurned,
repenting in their groans.
But there is grace when we do turn
with hope for those in need.
Unusual weather makes us learn
when we forget to read.
The coldest blast will soon be gone.
Our hearts will joy and dance.
The days of greenness will be won
for summer's growing plants.
by Jay O’Toole
on March 15th, 2023