Do not get used to wonders

Do not get used to wonders
Because they are so many around:
Sunrises, wind, and thunders…
All is good on, above, and in the ground.

What an incredible world, look!
You’ll see its majesty in all,
Listen! How sweet is the sound of a tender brook!
Also, a tiny molecule, Everest which is so tall.

These are our treasures,
Thank God! We are rich!
And these are the real pleasures,
It’s all true without a hitch.
Iaroslav                                                    Sunday 13.04.2008

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Thank You!

Oh God Father, thank You
For kind people around!
Thank You for the crystals of life which we call ‘dew’!
Thank You for a forest creek sound!

If not Your gracious support,
I would be in the kingdom of night.
But Your Word is Life, an invincible fort!
You cure my wound, You make my burden light!
Iaroslav                                                    Tuesday 19.08.2011

Je sais que tout va être bien

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Je sais que tout va être bien;
En Dieu je crois.
Alors, qu’est-ce qui peut m’arriver? Rien!
Je le sais, je suis sûr, je vois.

Même le froid le plus fort devient doux.
Notre Père fait autant pour nous…
Autant de victoires;
Il couvre nos têtes de la gloire!

Je Te remercie pour la vie,
Le cadeau le plus généreux.
Merci pour la famille et pour les amis!
Grace à Toi nos cœurs sont heureux!
Iaroslav                                          Friday – Saturday 18-19.01.2008

Rejoice in life and live!

Rejoice in life and live!
Praise God and thankful be.
You have so much, believe.
Here is an example: an ant and a bee.

They work with an easy heart,
They are glad they are alive
And are happy about every body part.
Don’t worry, one day all flowers thrive.

You are more than that!
You are man!
God will make your road smooth and flat.
Rejoice, enjoy your fruit and bread with bran!
Iaroslav                                                    Sunday 25.07.2017

Нехай буде Ім’я Господнє Благословенне

Нехай буде Ім’я Господнє Благословенне!
Нехай прийде перед Тобою моління раба Твого смиренне.
Дякую, Боже, за Твою Любов!
За захист знов і знов!

На кожному шляху мого життя –
У спеку, у мороз, у тиші, під час вітру виття,
Ти благословив раба Твого щедрими дарами:
Родиною, здоров’ям, навчанням, житлом і хлібами.

Боже, я дякую Тобі за всіх і за все!
Нехай у мирі раб Твій моління піднесе.
Нехай Ласка Твоя, нехай Любов Твоя спасе!
Раб Твій нехай подячну молитву принесе.
Iaroslav                                                    Sunday 10.02.2013

Love God and love your neighbour

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Love God and Love your neighbour,
Believe and go with faith on all your ways.
Let God help you in your labour!
May He prolong your days!

Image credit: Syeda hira, “PEYTO LAKE 2016.2” May 20, 2016, via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 4.0.
Iaroslav                                                    October 2014

Be friend to God

Be slave to God and not to men.
Fear God on all your ways.
Be not afraid of people now or then.
May God prolong your days!

May they be filled with health and joy!
Fear God and not men to achieve your goal:
You have a smart head, employ!
Keep straight your back and sound your soul!
Iaroslav                                                    October 2014

Oh that men would praise the Lord

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Praise the Lord for He is Gracious!
He takes your foot out of hardships and puts it in a place which is spacious.
Praise the Lord and sacrifice the sacrifice of thanksgiving!
Let your praise be living!

Image credit: Kurt Stegmüller, “Mount Assiniboine Sunburst Lake” July 31, 2008, via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY 3.0.
Iaroslav                                                    Sunday 03.05.2015

Хай славиться ім’я Твоє повіки!

Хай славиться ім’я Твоє повіки!
Алилуя! Він з океану виточує ріки;
Бог наш перетворює пустелю на оазу;
А струмок нечестивих засихає одразу.

Як величні діла Твої, Боже. Так!
Розкаяне серце квітне і то є знак:
Безмежна Твоя милість, безкрая любов!
Від повноти серця, що Ти нам дав, заспіваємо знов.

Восхвалемо Тебе, Благий, за все.
В молитві, у пісні, у праці, в ділах; і немовля свій сміх піднесе.
І все нам під силу, коли Ти з нами!
Як Блажений Ти Боже, наділив Ти нас усіма дарами!
Iaroslav                                                    Monday 22.01.2007

Give thanks

Give thanks to the Lord in any season –
For this, you do not need a reason,
But even if it were so, think with how much you’ve been bestowed!
You’ve been forgiven all that you owed.

So, cheer up – you have a bright head!
You have an awesome stature.
Enough being sad, smile instead!
You love God and your neighbour,
You will certainly win with your kind nature!
You will thrive in your labour!
Iaroslav                                                    Sunday 19.04.2015

For all

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Father, thank Thee for all!
I have said “all” on purpose, that’s true –
It’s not laziness, but my soul’s call.
I couldn’t thank for a thing or two
‘Cause it’s so easy for me to forget
And all I have is not mine –
It belongs to Thee as well as my life,
But I do not regret.
Thank Thee, Father, for all!
For all Your gifts and love,
For preventing me from a fall,
For clothes and food, for the peace dove.

Image credit: Wheateater, “Highwood River AB” June, 2009, via Wikimedia Commons, public domain.
Iaroslav                                                     Sunday 06.08.2006

Why are you so sad, o my soul?

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Why are you so sad, o my soul?
Hope in God for I will give thanks to Him with an eager heart!
He is my salvation.
He makes me whole.
He is the wealth and defence of a nation.

Image credit: Florian Fuchs, “Lake Moraine-Banff National Park” August 12, 2012, via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY 3.0.
Iaroslav                                                     Friday 17.06.2016

Défauts

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Mon Dieu l’Eternel, merci pour l’amitié:
Mon amie aperçoit mes défauts,
Elle m’aide, bien que ce ne soit son métier.
Elle ne me rapproche; elle est proche tard et tôt.

Image credit: Jack Borno, “Sunshine Meadows – Banff – panoramio” July 20, 2006, via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 3.0.
Iaroslav                                                     Friday 19.08.2011

Do I still have the wisdom

Do I still have the wisdom
To be happy about little things?
Can I still spread my little wings;
Listen to a running stream without boredom;

Smell fresh air, flowers;
See the blueness of the sky,
The greenness of the grass growing by;
Marvel at ancient towers?

Oh, I think I do.
I just forget sometimes.
Thank Thee, Father, for these rhymes.
Thank Thee for taking me through!
Iaroslav

Різдво Христове

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Дякую, Боже, за дивне життя,
За любов попре усе,
За грішного сина Твого прийняття.
За підтримки Твоєї він всяку скорботу знесе.

У свято Різдва серце співає!
Боже, за радість дякую щиру.
Душа невимовно Тебе вихваляє.
Ти Один подаєш справжню силу!

Боже, з нами будь завжди, благаю,
Ти – Великий, Єдиний, на Тебе надія!
Що буде завтра не знаю
Та за віру, любов я іду, така наша мрія!
Iaroslav                                                        Monday 07.01.2008

According to the abundance of the grief of my heart

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According to the abundance of the grief of my heart,
O Lord, You helped me.
Your encouragements make my worries depart;
You show me the forest and make me distinguish a tree.

Your encouragements console my soul;
Your Grace fills my bowl;
You are close in distress;
You keep at bay any stress.

Iaroslav                                                      Friday 22.07.2016
Image credit: Adam Jones, “Sulphur Mountain Summit – Banff – Alberta – Canada – 04” nOVEMBER 13, 2010, via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 3.0.

За Причастя можливість

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За Причастя можливість
Приношу Тобі, Боже, подяку;
За силу, сміливість
І підтримку усяку.

Милість Твоя – безкінечна
Бо не дивлячись на лиця рятуєш.
Сила Твоя – незрівнянна, мудрість – беззаперечна
І розкаяного всякого Ти нагодуєш.

Люблячий, завжди будь з нами.
Знаю, недостойний я просити,
Але крім Тебе нікого іншого не знали.
Один Господь! Тільки Ти можеш нас заступити.

Image credit: Jack Borno, “Cascade Mountain – Banff – panoramio” June 19, 2005, via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 3.0.
Iaroslav                                                      Sunday 27.11.2005

Praise God with a grateful heart

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Praise God with a grateful heart.
Let your praise, both big and small be sincere.
Have time to say “Thank You” to Him whether you go far or near.
God will make a way, continue doing your part.
Iaroslav                                                      Thursday 04.08.2016

What if whatever you earn

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What if whatever you earn
Is so much to be able
To share, to stay healthy, to learn,
To fill a poor man’s table?

Imagine, what if by doing these things
You fulfill His will,
You help spread somebody’s wings,
You help pay that important bill?

What if by being faithful in few things
You will be blessed with much more to carry on with good stuff
Even with your wedding rings, –
Your second half to help you in all and when it gets rough?

Image credit: Tony Webster, “Red Squirrel in Banff 230089735 o” July 7, 2004, via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 3.0.
Iaroslav                                                      Wednesday 02.11.2016

Як величні діла Твої, Боже

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Як величні діла Твої, Боже.
Все Твоє і від Тебе земля, небо, море і хмари…
І хто крім тебе допоможе?
Хто крім Тебе загасить ворожнечу і чвари?

Почуй нас, бо Твої ми раби.
Я – нерозумний та благаю, пробач нам знов,
Втім, як Тобі завгодно, так і роби
У Тебе бо мудрість та милість, а ще неосяжна любов.

Image credit: Isruma, “Moraine Lake 2 July-2001” July 20, 2011, via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY 3.0.
Iaroslav                                                      Saturday 11.02.2006

How to be happy

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Be happy – the shortest and the only way is Christ.
Direct your ways to Him in all:
At home, at work, at leisure…
Let your kind deeds be filled with pleasure.
Keep Him in sight in winter, spring, summer, and fall.
Praise Him as if tomorrow may never come –
Say those kind words, do kind deeds, keep calm.

Iaroslav                                                       Tuesday 04.10.2016
Image credit: Tony Webster, “Banff (15622533278)” July 9, 2004, via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY 2.0.

Славімо Господа бо Він Благий

Славімо Господа бо Він Благий.
Чистим серцями посилає день ясний,
На віки і нині милість Його;
Навіть грішних спасає і не відніме того.
Iaroslav                                                        Saturday 11.02.2006

In God we shall do a might y thing

In God we shall do a mighty thing.
We will overcome the enemy completely.
To Him Who saved us we will sing.
Of His mighty deeds we will speak concretely.

Video credit: WorshipVideo, “You are My All in All” June 4, 2007, via YouTube.
Iaroslav                                                        Wednesday 22.06.2016

Разом ми покажемо силу

Разом ми покажемо силу,
А поодинці – слабкіші.
Інші будуть даватися диву,
Якщо вгодно буде Богові і Він поставить нас вище.

Не забуваймо Бога і тоді
Щоб наші подовжились дні,
Щоб у злагоді жити,
Щоб всякого ближнього любити!

Отже, разом ставаймо;
Разом Богові співаймо.
Подяку щиру складаймо,
Разом добром зло перемагаймо!
Iaroslav                                                         February 2012

They have surrounded and encircled me

They have surrounded and encircled me,
But I have overcome them by the Name of the Lord completely.
They were going to advance, but had to flee.
God’s work is revealed to those who believe not abstractly, but concretely.

Lord, may Your slave be faithful,
Let Your slave be grateful.
Let Your slave speak of Your magnificent deeds.
Let Your might help your slaves in their needs.
Iaroslav                                                         Sunday 22.05.2016

Thank Thee, Heavenly Father

Thank Thee, Heavenly Father, for all:
For preventing from a fall,
For land and water, day and night,
For all Thy world which is so bright!

Thou gave me a precious gift – my life,
And Thy support is immense.
My house is rife;
In Thee I always find defence!

Thank Thee for loving hearts around.
How reviving is their sound!
Thank Thee for food –
For both, body and soul, it is good.

I know, just words are not sufficient,
But help to my negihbour, good deeds!
And Thou will make us proficient
And send all or even more a human being needs!
Iaroslav                                            Tuesday – Saturday 13-17.11.2007

Thank God for all!

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Thank God for all!
When I cry to You, You hear my call.
Out of many troubles You have delivered Your free-will slave
And whenever I fall, You raise me up, shake off the dust, and save.

You blessed me with success in all things.
When I feel low, You spread my wings.
Wherever I go, You are there:
Here on earth, far in space – You are close, You care.

Image credit: Andreas Trepte, “TeslinRiverYukon” August 6, 2004, via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 2.5.
Iaroslav                                                          Sunday 13.02.2016

Боже, я дякую Тобі

Боже, я дякую Тобі
За людей, що дають не лишаючи собі;
За доброту ближніх;
За тих, кого світ визнав за нижніх!

Заради них варто жити,
Вони – ті, які не забули, як любити.
Заради них варто світ кращим робити –
Заради них варто добро творити!
Iaroslav                                                          Friday 19.02.2011

Слав Бога в слові й ділі

Слав Бога у серця простоті,
Як можеш, так молись,
В душевній чистоті,
Щоб “Отче наш” та інші молитви лились.

Хай в слові, хай і в ділі
Станеш ти Його хвалити.
І хай благословишся ти в життєвій цілі,
Хай будеш щиро ти Його любити.

Із вірою твоя хвала спасе,
А ще твоє життя то буде приклад.
Шукай добра понад усе,
І хай життя простеньким буде виклад.
Iaroslav                                            Sunday – Monday 21-22.11.2010

Wisdom begins with the fear of God

Wisdom begins with the fear of God indeed:
It will help you in studies, work, and every need.

But what does it mean to fear God in the right way?
To cease from doing and freeze? No, but to work hard and to pray.

The fear of the Lord shows itself in doing:
In loving God and with His commandments continuing canoeing;

In helping those who really need,
In giving food to those whom you can feed.

Thank God for all you have and had:
For the happy moments and the ones which were sad.

Because He loves you.
He wants you to be happy and to succeed, oh how much it is true!
Iaroslav                                                         Wednesday 18.03.2015

Declare God’s works

God has delivered you out of a deep pit;
Out of many troubles He saved.
Declare God’s works with rejoicing,

And let your words be seasoned with wit!
With good deeds let your words be paved.
Let your praise be with a cheerful voicing!
Iaroslav                                                         Sunday 30.05.2015

Only lazy people can’t fly

Only lazy people can’t fly
Because an Orthodox prayer is like a wing.
In doubt? Then you should try:
Thank for all, repent, and ask; pray in silence or sing.
Iaroslav                                            Wednesday – Friday 06-08.01.2016

For all I’ve got

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For all I’ve got
I am obliged to Thee:
For the loving family and abundant pot,
For the grass and for the tree.

I sinned a lot,
But Thou art Gracious,
Thou can cure even a sot,
Thou can make him vivacious.

Father, please,
Forgive and save us all,
Thy Grace is sweeter than honey of bees,
We turn to Thee, don’t let us fall.

Image credit: Tobias Alt, Tobi 87, “Peyto Lake-Banff NP-Canada” September, 2005, via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 4.0.
Iaroslav                                                          Friday 25.11.2005

Have you every felt?

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Have you ever felt really bad
When you’re all fingers and thumbs and look so sad?
I think you have, perhaps not once.
Perhaps you even asked God to help you not to lose your chance.

It’s very good when you believe;
This opens the door to wisdom which you receive.
Never forget to thank for what you’ve got.
Look at paupers, think carefully – you have a lot.

Have you ever had bright moments in life
When the sky is clear and you want to fife?..
Be thankful to score your goal!
Ask God to show the way and to save your soul.
Iaroslav                                                          Monday 11.07.2005

Blessed is the man that has the fear of God truly

Blessed is the man that has the fear of God truly,
That delights in His commandments and performs them fully.
His seed will be mighty on earth all over;
His house will thrive, his cattle will have ample clover.
Iaroslav                                                          Friday 29.05.2015

Як величні діла Твої, Господи

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Як величні діла Твої, Господи нині і повсякчас!
Ти все премудрістю сотворив!
Милості Твої – незліченні для нас.
Як багато у світі див:

Баланс у природі, тварина, людина,
Сильний чоловік, вродлива жінка, тендітна дитина;
Коли хто останній кусень хліба доїдає
І тому, хто його не любив, залишає.

Як величні діла Твої Господи, повсякчас і нині
Ти – Той Самий, Ти досі зціляєш.
Чи у космосі, чи під водою, на горі чи у долині –
Ти любиш нас і дбаєш.
Iaroslav                                                          Saturday 11.07.2015

Дякую

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Все, що маю Богу зобов’язаний я:
Воля, мир, здоров’я, життя
Дякую, Боже, за спасіння надію, підтримку родини;
Дякую, що дав перемогу у нелегкі години.

Благослови, Господи Боже, Твого раба по всі дні,
Щоб ходити Твоїми шляхами мені.
Дякую, Боже, що перемагає любов!
Дякую, Боже, за підтримку знову і знов!
Iaroslav                                                                      November, 2014

Bless the Lord, all you His servants

Bless the Lord, all you His servants
Bless the Lord, all you who come to Church,
Who spend your time in constant search
Of His Love and Way!
Bless the Lord when you do, when you speak, when you pray!
Iaroslav                                                          Tuesday 14.07.2015

Praise the Lord

Praise the Lord in any situation;
Praise the Lord among any nation;
Praise God in word, in deed, in thought,
Just as Jesus Christ taught.

Let your praise be with cheer!
Do kind things, say kind words without fear.
Have salt in yourself and have taste.
Be smart, go beyond copy and paste.

Be clever in things big and small.
Praise the Lord in all!
Iaroslav                                                          Sunday 26.04.2015