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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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December 15, 2020 at 11:36pm
December 15, 2020 at 11:36pm
#1000301
A bunch of roughnecks on a hill,
keeping sheep alive.
Most night's they're facing fang or kill
from wolfish pack, survive.

These hardened watchers of the dark
have little cause for fear.
No slinking foe will make its mark
with muscled shepherds near.

But suddenly a blinding light
erased their hiding place.
Great angel bands dispatched the night
to speak of coming Grace.

With knocking knees and terror's mask,
they melted in the dust.
"Fear not! Behold! Good News, my task
for all Earth's souls to trust.
"

"For you this day in David's town,
the King is lately born.
He's by you near, and quickly found
in a manger this Christmas morn.

(Luke 2:8-18)


by Jay O'Toole
on December 15th, 2020


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December 14, 2020 at 11:07pm
December 14, 2020 at 11:07pm
#1000250
an impasse
giant sea
frothing foe

growing fear
dying hope
none to help

waves now stand
narrow path
victory

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

doing right
bad result
senselessness

wrong may win
right may fail
Where is God?

angel fights
troubled foe
waters clap

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

biding time
standing firm
wait for God

walk the path
hope for good
know the best

time will tell
twenty won
Glory's His


by Jay O'Toole
on December 14th, 2020


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December 11, 2020 at 11:53pm
December 11, 2020 at 11:53pm
#1000091
The nights are dark, which end the year.
We need but the smallest light.
One hopeful candle chases fear.
One soul just acting right.

So many voices hurt my ears.
Such din when needing peace.
The crickets cease when danger nears.
Will stillness give release?

When one lone candle shines its light
the darkness is not whole.
The flame, it flickers against the night.
The holding back, its goal.

The darkness blows to put it out.
The light seems meager at best,
but the Light of the world is ne'er in doubt
when facing even this test.

The Light of life will speak at last.
The darkness then will bow.
No shadows e'er will then be cast
in the Day of lasting Now.


by Jay O'Toole
on December 11th, 2020


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December 10, 2020 at 11:58pm
December 10, 2020 at 11:58pm
#1000032
Children throw their snowballs round.
Cardinals at play.
Eating snowflakes all abound,
tomorrow and today.

Christmas trees with festive lights.
Baked goods every hour.
Joyful car rides all the nights.
Smiles replace the dour.

Carolers sing to lift the dark.
Choo-choos round the tree.
Doggies chase them and they bark,
"You're not approved by me!"

Eggnog causes Grandpa's nap
amid the sights and sounds.
Papa sips his chocolate frappe
as pecan pie he downs.

Charlie Brown is shamed, again,
until he saves the day
with Linus, his lone constant friend,
or awful his dismay.

With the Joneses, I can ne'er keep up,
but the airport is quite pleased.
The runway has a fair backup
as the power bill is eased.

This year the holidays have forces joined.
We're thankful and o'er-joyed.
With parties masked, 'tis quite purloined
from the night when the holiday is void.

The safest way to see the town
is in a hamster ball.
We visit houses, knocking down
the decorations all.


by Jay O'Toole
on December 10th, 2020


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December 9, 2020 at 4:28pm
December 9, 2020 at 4:28pm
#999945
These earthly days are full of change
with selfishness galore.
At Christmas time we rearrange,
and place Mankind before.

It is for this if n'other cause
my heart lives home right here.
These Christmas days give me the pause
I need, my thoughts to clear.

I wonder much if the Heavenly Home
will live at Christmas e'er,
or if another peaceful sum
will be my Joy o'er there.

Methinks, that Jesus Christ is all
the Peace I'll ever need.
Eternally in Joy we'll call
to Him, Whose wounds will plead.

Eternity is just One Day,
and Christ is just One Lord.
We'll know Him and forever stay
in the Joy of His Great Word.


by Jay O'Toole
on December 9th, 2020


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December 8, 2020 at 11:57pm
December 8, 2020 at 11:57pm
#999904
We shine the color lights when night has come.
We joy to see the dancing colors glow.
We think of life as one progressive sum.
We see the wisdom of the Lord we know.

Eternity will show this life we live
is linear, but lasting all the same.
The past we tried so hard the slip to give
was with us then and now in praise or blame.

For we're eternal souls, right from the start.
All thoughts, all words, all gifts are with us now,
but Blame is gone when He His Gift imparts.
For Saving Grace in gratitude, we bow.

The color lights are us throughout His Day.
We're trophies of His Grace for his display.


Romans 8:1, KJV,
"There is therefore now no condemnation
to them which are in Christ Jesus,
who walk not after the flesh,
but after the Spirit.
"


by Jay O'Toole
on December 8th, 2020


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December 7, 2020 at 3:17pm
December 7, 2020 at 3:17pm
#999814
Days of winter come and go.
Sunlit hours are few to know.
Nights of marching darkness grow,
while faithful hopes seem small.

How dark the blips when daylight dawned!
Attacking planes were many spawned.
Dismay the country's greatest bond
brought low by war cry's call.

Pearl Harbor's fall the light arose.
Great vigilance we newly chose.
Our light we'd shine or become those,
whose hope would quickly stall.

December days of '20 greets
the challenges of prayer or bleats
of weakened souls, who never meet
a triumph o'er the squall.

The twinkling lights each night do bring
the vict'ry o'er the dark we sing,
and bringing praise to Christ, the King,
we rest in His great Hall.


by Jay O'Toole
on December 7th, 2020


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December 5, 2020 at 6:06pm
December 5, 2020 at 6:06pm
#999706
Silver orbs
hang above
my workspace.

Twinkling lights
keep the heart
warm at night.

Garland joy
over desk
of my dreams.

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

Making things
for my friends
lightens life.

Threads are sized
for the gift
I will make.

Wonders wait
through the year
past Noël.

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

Carols sing,
Joyful peace,
Christmas show.

Light the nights.
Hang the green.
Ring the bells.

Christmas through
all the year
deck the hearts.


by Jay O'Toole
on December 5th, 2020


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December 4, 2020 at 3:41pm
December 4, 2020 at 3:41pm
#999648
The harmony of Christmas choirs
infuses ev'ry heart
with the loving Christ of our desires
in Whom each life can start.

Salvation comes in Christ Alone,
Who changes sinful souls
into His Place, a lasting Throne,
that newly He controls.

The annual service in our town,
which features many choirs
has been by sickness run aground
to silence sleepy shire.

But at the core each glory voice
will sing for Christ the more.
The human spirit with its choice
will lift the Way, the Door.

The silent choir will sing, again
upon the streets of gold,
and in the homes of hopeful men.
His story will be told.

The Christmas choirs will sing anew
when fearful mouths are shut.
The harmonies, that ring so true
are stronger than they're not.

Each Christmas choir with boldest sound
in testimony rare
proclaims the Christ, Who lost ones found
to draw into His care.


by Jay O'Toole
on December 4th, 2020


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December 3, 2020 at 11:36pm
December 3, 2020 at 11:36pm
#999614
The shortest day ends the anticipation of everlasting life.



by Jay O'Toole
on December 3rd, 2020


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