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 the help we try to give
seems little in our eyes.
Sometimes the ways we wish to live
may often miss the prize.
Sometimes the help we think is good
is waved off as not much.
Sometimes the hopes, that live in "could,"
can't reach a hand to touch.
Sometimes the help, that we think best
just sits the bench, and cries,
until transformed through God's Own Test,
which calls the self to die.
Sometimes we wave through myriad days,
"Pick my help. I would serve,"
while naught is changed of thoughts, nor ways
as waiting's "not deserved."
But the opportunity comes,
we think, "This cannot be.
I'm made for greatness, sums, and drums,
but this help none will see."
There is no small help in God's Eyes.
He sees the kindest grace.
He sees the shadowed gift as Skies
for none can take our place.
He parks us in some place, unknown
to help some unseen cause,
that when we stand before His Throne,
He will be our best applause.
by Jay O’Toole
on March 7th, 2023