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.”
Has God removed His Presence, fair,
when aught but silence fills the air?
Does God stop holding all toge'er
when we can't see Him move?
Is blessed day forever dark
when God seems gone and makes no mark?
No lighthouse seen by tossing barque
can hopeful light yet prove.
Will God be always far from those,
His children loved, so freely chose?
Will He not help as suff'ring grows
within each lo-ved heart?
The pain He lets is for our good,
apart from mental hopes or mood,
that thoughts of Him be ne'ermore skewed
when in The Day we start.
God is right here His Word declares.
He holds each child when in our cares.
He marks each breath, and numbers hairs.
We're ne'er from Him apart.
by Jay O’Toole
on May 29th, 2023