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.”
|"11 Then He said, “Go out, and stand on the mountain before the Lord.” And behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind tore into the mountains and broke the rocks in pieces before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake; 12 and after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire; and after the fire a still small voice.
13 So it was, when Elijah heard it, that he wrapped his face in his mantle and went out and stood in the entrance of the cave. Suddenly a voice came to him, and said, “What are you doing here, Elijah?”"
(I Kings 19:11-13, NKJV)
"So many times I've looked for God
in big things screaming loud.
To have something to lift applause,
remove depression's shroud.
"Excitement comes and quickly goes,
but still He will not speak.
"Please, talk to me in what I know,"
but day by day it's bleak.
"Where is this God I've heard about?
Does He have time for me?
No human patience solves my doubt.
No microwave the key."
"You're tired, Friend. Please, stop and rest.
I'll help you see the light.
My way's not heavy o'erflowed by test.
Your future is so bright."
"Who's speaking? I've a mind to tell
you off, to scorch your 'brows."
"Just rest. My love can make you well,
and set you on the prow."
"'Tis time to come apart, my friend,
to be with me and rest.
Relax 'neath gentle hands, that mend
your heart to show you're blest.
"I have my faith to give to you.
With it receive my grace.
Salvation is completely through.
A smile will lift your face.
"Let my Shalom rest on your head.
Salvation's helmet wear.
My Life will be your spirit's bread.
My Banner you will bear."
by Jay O’Toole
on April 13th, 2021