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.”
Sometimes Time's a waiting game.
The path is murky, dark.
The hope we seek is truly the same
as our rest days in the park.
Maturity is what we need,
but Oh, how long that takes!
All self-needs are our greatest greed,
'til Wisdom stomps the brakes.
Why is the goal of being whole
a lifetime, uphill climb?
Why are our frailties, fuel, and coal,
that drive us in our prime?
While waiting on Life's crowded bench,
I find a place to rest.
Our thirst is what we first must quench
by He, Who bore each test.
He waited 'bout 4000 years
to crush the serpent's head.
He rose and waited through our fears
as Victor from the dead.
He's waited two millennia
to come to claim His Bride,
that when the years are many, full,
we'll live right by His Side.
The years of waiting seem so large
'cause our perspective's small,
but look to Him, Who bore our charge,
and list for His near Call.
by Jay O’Toole
on March 6th, 2023