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.”
Red and white the garland flows
through the craft place where I sit.
Lights of color o'er it goes
with joy to lighten wit.
The flowers dry as upside down
they stay beyond their day.
Such memories can ne'er be a frown
with honor, that they say.
The threads of many colors wait
to be used in a piece
of clothing, scarf, or something great,
that soon we will release.
The music ready will be played
upon the spinet's keys.
Notation marks when best obeyed
the song of heart, it frees.
The paintings, that adorn the walls
say, "God's Creation lives!"
The human gifts, now hear His Call,
and blessings service gives.
by Jay O’Toole
on May 9th, 2023