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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
https://www.goodreads.com/work/quotes/1059917-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.”

J.R.R. Tolkien




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January 19, 2021 at 11:44pm
January 19, 2021 at 11:44pm
#1002475
days of bitter cold
nights of dark and brilliant moon
plants know restful sleep


by Jay O'Toole
on January 19th, 2021/size}


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January 18, 2021 at 8:13pm
January 18, 2021 at 8:13pm
#1002385
Waiting is a tough assignment.
Looking for something to happen soon.
How do you know you’re doing as meant?
Short the distance ‘tween wise and buffoon.

End of the line, we’re waiting all day.
For Hope to stay hopeful, we need a new tune.
Cloudy the sky with wisps on display.
Dark is the night without a slight moon.

O, where is the mentor, we thought was our guide?
So where is the goal, we thought of as good?
Is waiting the task to break all our pride?
Is thinking a gift or mentally wood?


by Jay O'Toole
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January 15, 2021 at 11:34pm
January 15, 2021 at 11:34pm
#1002190
The Day of Hope is evermore the same.
Restored 'twill be for human hearts, that cry
by waiting on the One, Whose greatest Name
has Grace, that on repentant souls apply.

The Day of Hope has Peace to escort all,
who residence in Christ, Whose merits blessed
now rest upon the heads of those, who call
on Him, Who victored over ev'ry test.

The Day of Hope, it evermore shall be,
Salvation to completed souls of Earth,
who rest forgiven in The Son of He,
Who showed us Mercy, gifting us new birth.

The warmest blanket, Hope is blest fore'er,
the canvas of His greatest love and care.


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January 14, 2021 at 11:42pm
January 14, 2021 at 11:42pm
#1002137
Eternity,
lesson taught,
lost in thought.
Wondering inside of me.

Some day live there,
joy and peace,
full release.
Care.


by Jay O'Toole
on January 14th, 2021/size}


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January 13, 2021 at 7:16pm
January 13, 2021 at 7:16pm
#1002058
"Heavenly Father, make me know
the heart of childhood evermore.
Make Christmastide my peace to know
throughout the year to ever store.
"

December days are oft a rush
with homes to trim and meals to make,
we're ever looking for a hush,
and moments with the Lord to take.

But when the year is fresh and new,
it's here, that Christmas is the best.
The flurried holidays are through
with peace our canvas and our rest.

The world, it knows each Christmas brief
of gifts unwrapped and stuffing gone,
but childlike hearts all know Relief
when seasoned greetings start the fun.

This January, light a tree
and read of Nick, the sainted one.
Endure the cold the heart to free
by sitting on the porch anon.

The year is young. Mysterious days
are made by God to paint through us.
His peace infused in all displays
Creation makes to help our trust.

The child within knows Christmastide
means days of rest and joyful play.
"O, Jesus, help me gift my pride
to You, Who gift me Life today.
"

(John 3:16)


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on January 13th, 2021


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January 12, 2021 at 11:27pm
January 12, 2021 at 11:27pm
#1002001
The thing, that gives the Lord the greatest laugh
is when a human says, "I have a plan."
For God creates our days, and blows the chaff.
He steadies hearts and lungs of ev'ry man.

"I need no God for He has never been
a factor in my daily life on Earth.
"
"How funny are you, little man of sin
for I have planned your days before your birth.
"

"I'll make a million dollars, while I'm young.
I'll travel 'round the world, and build my name.
"
"You have a name the world has always sung.
A mansion waits because I took your blame.
"

A human plan is best when giv'n to One,
Who made the worlds by Word of His Dear Son.


by Jay O'Toole
on January 12th, 2021


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January 11, 2021 at 10:47pm
January 11, 2021 at 10:47pm
#1001913
Full of noise, the world it spins.
Will the silence ever win?
Hopeful hearts contend with noise.
Thicker, thicker cloth employs.

Youthful heart remembers when
“waiting turns” was the rule back then.
Now, the tongues of men all speak
as Silence looks for a place to seek.

Noise about, and noise of heart
Noise increases from the start.
Noise it etches on the ears.
Noise creates the worst of fears.

Peace, that’s found within the noise
is blest by One each child enjoys.
Peace of heart ‘mid noisy waves
is the Gift of Christ o’er what enslaves.

Noisy noise, arrested rest
is anything but truly blest.
A piece of peace, a whole of the same
Is strong in itself, and ne’er lays blame.

The noise demands. It must be heard.
It has its plans with others blurred.
The peace has grace. It waits unspoke.
It has its place. It is no joke.

Both Noise and Peace are cut from cloth
With strength of days, with neither sloth.
But Noise must work to yet remain,
While Peace will stand as free of pain.

Peace exists in lasting form
as silent strength without alarm.
Peace will end these noisy days
as the peaceful heart in worship prays.


by Jay O'Toole
on January 11th, 2021


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January 8, 2021 at 11:50pm
January 8, 2021 at 11:50pm
#1001717
The lights of Christmas still they shine
in the room, and in my heart.
What colorful glow, they cheer so fine
from new year's pleasant start!

Four colors in the beauteous strand
do lift my spirits now.
Four corners of the Earth by Plan
will one day 'fore Christ bow.
(Philippians 2:5-11)

The music of the season fills
the room with Christmas Joy.
The two in tandem always thrill
my heart without alloy.

Aromas of the season, best
bring back my memories
of a joyful child, so daily blest
in playfulness most free.

The orange peels, and cinnamon spice
make my nose as light as air.
I close my eyes and breathe in thrice
to smile without a care.

The bark of pine a fragrant gift
to make the tree more real.
The pleasant scent my soul doth lift,
and emotions fully heal.

But all the things are merely signs
along the road, called Grace,
for Christ, the Lord, the Best of wines
was born to take my place.

"I'll honor Christmas in my heart,
and keep it all the year.
I'll live the Present, Past, the start,
and Future, now, so clear.

"The Spirits of all Three befriend
as they, now, drive me on.
I will not deaf ears them attend,
and lessons learn anon.
"

The glow of Christmas still it shines
for Christ has come to save,
restores my soul, erases lines,
expunges writ of grave.

I think of Christmas every day,
and often every night
for "Christ is Lord" let my lips say.
My heart doth hold Him tight.

This precious Lord has come for me,
and Christmas is the peg
to hang my hat, and daily see
He drank the latest dregs.

Yet, Secret Christmas, tandem love,
it thrills the deepest place
within my heart for Christ Above
did die to Sin erase.

At Secret Christmas, we do find
a thought in Mercy's grip,
"The best of Presents, and so kind
begins the lasting trip.
'Twas Hope for which we always pined.
'Twas cry upon each lip.
'Pon greatest Gift, we e'er shall dine,
which left the shroud of strips.
"

The greatest Truth we all must know
is that the two are joined.
This Christmas with its wondrous glow,
and Secret Christmas coined.

For Christmas with no empty tomb
would have no value, rare,
but with no Child from a virgin's womb,
it's just a cave out there.

-----------------------------------------

"The best present of Christmas
is opened on Resurrection Sunday.
"
(Secret Christmas)

https://secret777christmas.wordpress.com/2014/04/20/secret-christmas-easter-morn...

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I will honour Christmas in my heart,
and try to keep it all the year.
I will live in the Past, the Present, and the Future.
The Spirits of all Three shall strive within me.
I will not shut out the lessons that they teach.


― Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol

https://www.goodreads.com/quotes/494832-i-will-honour-christmas-in-my-heart-and-...
(Outside of The Bible, this is my favorite Christmas quote. JOT)


by Jay O'Toole
on January 8th, 2021


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January 7, 2021 at 3:33pm
January 7, 2021 at 3:33pm
#1001623
daytime light is small
cloudy cold, and gentle wind
chill now covers Earth


by Jay O'Toole
on January 7th, 2021


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January 6, 2021 at 11:42pm
January 6, 2021 at 11:42pm
#1001588
no light can be seen
stillness covers, thick the night
Who can push it back?


by Jay O'Toole
on January 6th, 2021


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