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.”
Gentle Christmas, find a way
to bring us peace, and joy, anon,
that when our gifts are on display
for moments, fears of life are gone.
Gentle Christmas, let us live
within thy graces ev'ry day
to find some Hope, and ways to give
in all we do, and things we say.
Gentle Christmas, will we find
thy shining lights, and music fair
throughout Th'Eternal Day so kind
are wrapped-up in the Savior there?
Gentle Christmas, is thy Name
our Saving Lord, the Father's Son,
Who took our sin, and bore our blame,
Who died and rose, the third day won?
We seek our joys in "spirits," here
to numb the pain of saddened hearts,
but everlasting Truth is clear,
"Our peace begins when Jesus starts."
Gentle Christmas, help us see
the greatest celebration, known
is in Thine Arms, we fly to Thee.
Make childlike hearts in Thee be grown.
Gentle Christmas, these three weeks
are celebration's joyful path.
Please, help us wait with minds so meek,
that in its end we all shall laugh.
by Jay O’Toole
on December 1st, 2022
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