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.”
My dog is such a faithful friend.
She sits with me. I write.
Her peaceful gaze can often mend
the pains of schedules tight.
My faithful dog wants to be near
me as I live my days.
She has no self needs, nor a fear,
that keeps her from our ways.
My faithful dog, a gift from God
to help me when alone.
I think of her, and oft applaud
the ways our lives have grown.
by Jay O’Toole
on March 3rd, 2023