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.”
This year we have a month of days,
that challenges the mind.
Some parts have cold of great displays,
some parts are gentle, kind.
The deep freeze harmed my tender plants,
and I must wait 'til spring
to see their life by God, Who grants
great hope, and tongues, that sing.
Yet, many days have seen the sun.
We thank Him for His Smile,
the saving Grace His Son has won,
His rest beyond each trial.
Seven years ago it was quite warm
the first months of 2016.
They were quite mild without alarm.
The yard was early green,
But now it's up and down, again.
It causes wonderment,
but one day soon the spring will win,
and life-filled days be lent.
by Jay O’Toole
on January 17th, 2023