Церква – це притулок для душі надійний

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Церква – це притулок для душі надійний;
Схованка від гріха, світу, турбот;
Господар у гостинності постійний;
Диво подарує, захистить від скорбот.

Приходь у Церкву не до когось, а до Бога,
Він – Життя, Правда, Дорога.
Дякуй за все; що душа потребує – молися;
З вірою, надією, любов’ю за справу берися.

Image credit: Erik Lizee, “MaligneLakeBaldHills” 2015, via Wikimedia Commons, public domain.
Iaroslav                                                    Sunday 26.11.2017

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Tu n’es pas seul(e)

Tu n’es pas seul(e):
Dieu, Ses anges, Sa Mère, Ses Saints sont avec toi.
Même quand tu élèves un épagneul;
Quand tu perds et quand tu trouves chaque fois.

Tu n’es pas seul(e), ami(e)
Quand tu t’élèves, vas au lit, quand tu manges du brie…
Tu n’es jamais seul(e), rappelle-toi.
Souris, espère, inspire, aprécie, aperçois!
Iaroslav                                                    Sunday 26.11.2017

Superstitions

Beware of superstitions in life and labour:
They prevent from achieving personal goals.
They are in the way of loving God and helping your neighbour;
When you are cold – they are ice, when you are hot – they are burning coals.
Iaroslav                                                    Thursday 30.11.2017

Christmas is coming

Bells are singing,
Wonderful tunes are ringing!
Smile, blessed you are!
Let your heart follow Jesus, our Star!

Christmas is coming, listen and look!
Everyone is going carol-singing, even a rook.
Give your neighbour a smile!
Be yourself, show your kind heart, your own style!
Iaroslav                                                    Saturday 31.12.2005

New Year

Another year is slipping away,
It’s useless to ask it to stay.
What is done cannot be undone;
Time is flying, the moment is gone.

But who said
That nothing can be done instead?
A New Year is a new hope,
You’ll manage, you’ll cope!

Spread your wings;
How many fruits the good brings!
It’s Christmastide,
Let love inside!
Iaroslav                                                    Saturday 31.12.2005

Whatever happens

Whatever happens, life is going on.
Life… How much sense there is in the word!
Whatever life brings, it is worth moving on.
Look at a little bird…

So weak, fragile,
But it will live,
It will cover a mile,
It will, for sure, believe.

Life is a precious gift!
So much for others we can do.
No time for a drift.
Stop, just think, it’s true.
Iaroslav                                                    Wednesday 26.11.2008

Перемагайте зло добром

Не можна перемогти зло злом,
Зло треба перемагати добром.
Бо коли беремось за зле,
Ми помножуємо лихе, чи велике, чи мале.

Добро ж дано нам у зброю;
Вогонь багаття можна загасити водою.
Бог є і допомагає у добрі.
Отже, творячи добро, ми вже не самі по собі.
Iaroslav                                                    Sunday 05.01.2014

Peace

Love peace and cling to it,
But be ready that some may search for war.
This desire of theirs is a pit.
They will lose, they won’t even get a draw.

Pray for yourself, your family, and neighbour,
Pray for love and peace, but be ready
That some may despise your labour.
In all trust in God Who makes us steady.

And let your Christian banner float, whether you work or dine.
Let your simple light shine!
Have salt in yourself and have love.
You long for peace and you will see the peace dove.
Iaroslav                                                    Tuesday 17.02.2015

Oh come, let us worship and bow down before Christ

Oh come, let us worship and bow down
Before Christ our God, let us sing psalms!
Come, let us rejoice in village and in town!
Let us give alms!

Let no one be upset.
It is Easter, the Feast of feasts, the greatest Day!
It is time to forgive any debt,
It is time to soften our hearts and to pray.
Iaroslav                                                    Friday 10.04.2015

Wisdom and love

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Proceed with wisdom and love in all,
Whether you are gaining a score or losing the ball.
In all good things use those
To come on time, to get a degree, to surprise your sweetheart with a rose.

Image credit: Adam Jones, Ph.D., “Emerald Lake – Canadian Rockies – After the Season’s First Snow – 11” November 12, 2010, via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 3.0.
Iaroslav                                                    Sunday 17.10.2017

Pray on

The darkest hour
Is before the dawn.
A bud comes before a flower;
Mud grows a beautiful lawn…

Your hope is your light,
Keep it in sight.
Your anchor is faith, true.
Love is your cleansing bath, keep it if you want to break through.
Iaroslav                                                    Tuesday 17.10.2017

How rich we are

How rich we are;
How happy we could be;
Our friendship could be as a sparkling star.
Why do we refuse to see?

We have legs and hands, ears and eyes as well…
Isn’t it enough to form a world-wide community;
Isn’t it enough to help those who fell?
Power is in our unity.

All the world’s gold
Isn’t worth a child’s wound or cry.
Peace! How many times we were told!
But tomorrow may be to late to try.
Iaroslav                                                    Saturday 23.04.2005

When I am in trouble, I pray

When I am in trouble, I pray
And then try to do all I can.
I can’t explain the bright ray
Which crosses the gloom and improves my plan.

That’s how we know God loves us all,
He hears each our call.
The Father and the Friend till the end of times,
It is beyond the rhymes…

His help is obvious and swift,
God helps us, it needs no seal.
Not unassisted, not by chance we get lift,
Let’s keep our hearts open to feel.
Iaroslav                                                    Tuesday 22.05.2007

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

It’s never too late

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It’s never too late,
Whatever you feel.
Go ahead, what for to wait?
Rust covers resting steel.

When everything seems to be lost,
Start from the beginning.
Still there is something which is beyond any cost…
The bell of life inside of you is ringing!

It’s never too late,
Just try!
What else to state?
Believe, wisdom makes people fly!

Image credit: Sunnya343, “Moraine Lake, Alberta, Jul 2017 03” July 30, 2017, via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 4.0.
Iaroslav                                                    Saturday 22.03.2008

Cheer up, don’t worry!

Cheer up, don’t worry!
Why are you so sad?
You will succeed, so hurry,
Keep on trying, what else can be said?

Strive and you’ll do.
Seek and you’ll find!
These words are true.
Minor problems? Never mind!
Iaroslav                                                    Tuesday 30.01.2007

The key to the Kingdom

Love is the key
To the Kingdom of God truly.
It sets you free,
It makes you grow fully.

Love disperses fear;
Love wipes off every tear.
It cures hurt,
It builds rapport.

Love your neighbour,
Let it be small, but sincere.
Let your way be known far and near,
May both of you succeed in your labour.

If you want to enter the Kingdom ever,
Have love in stock;
In your kind deeds, be clever;
Love the Pastor and love the flock.
Iaroslav                                                    Monday 09.10.2017

Prayer and time

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When I pray, I have more time
To fulfill my tasks, to compose a rhyme.
It seems you lose minutes when you pray –
Believe, you gain hours and a day.

Image credit: AniKov, “Banff mountains” May 21, 2017, via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 4.0.
Iaroslav                                                    Monday 09.10.2017

Travels make me wise and stronger

Travels make me wise and stronger
So that I could stand longer.
And what I missed at school,
I will learn, it’s like a rule.

New people, communication,
Good friends, fresh information,
I’ll learn and see much new;
It is like a breeze, like morning dew.
Iaroslav                                                    Friday 01.08.2008

Your smile

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Smile and let your neighbour smile in return,
Let your smile help shine the way.
However much you need to learn,
Let your smile brighten the day!

Image credit: Unknown, “Adventure-Clouds-Conifers-Daylight-350418” June 20, 2016, via Wikimedia Commons, CC0 1.0.
Iaroslav                                                    Tuesday 03.10.2017

Як сумно часом буває

Як сумно часом буває,
Чому успіх чужий комусь заважає?
Чи ми, люди, брати?
Чи не тому ми тут, щоб один одному допомогти?

Та дехто забуває,
Через дрібне головне зневажає.
Люди різні та є добро,
Назавжди переможе Воно.

Хай жорстокий розуміє,
Любові тепло синів-дочок зігріє.
Лагідні яскраво засяють.
Терпінням й добром вони перемагають.
Iaroslav                                                    Saturday 23.01.2010

Dedicate mornings to important things

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Dedicate mornings to important things,
Use evenings and spare time for shopping and less important stuff.
Dedicate your strongest time that morning brings
To your important deeds, be blessed in them and sleep enough.
Iaroslav                                                    Tuesday 03.10.2017

Why trying to be kind if I’m silly

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Why trying to be kind if I’m silly?
And all my ways are hilly…
I want to help, but often do worse indeed.
What shall I do? What do I need?

I know, the answer’s not far,
But how it’s difficult to see the right star.
Father, help me, please.
I do need wisdom, only Thou can give the keys.
Iaroslav                                                    Sunday 27.08.2006

Sometimes you lose

Sometimes you lose,
But sometimes you find.
I see that you snooze,
Wake up, it isn’t time to be blind!

Instead of mourning
Over what you don’t possess,
Listen carefully to this warning,
Be glad at what you have, be glad at less.
Iaroslav                                                    Sunday 16.01.2005

Believe in God and boldly step

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Believe in God and boldly step,
Keep straight your awesome back!
Your pocket will not lack,
Your house will not crack

Because you called your God your Help,
Because you worked with hope.
Your business will certainly thrive,
Your household will be as full as a bee hive!

Image credit: Ron Clausen, “Mount Fay Banff 2009” August, 2009, via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 4.0.
Iaroslav                                                    Sunday 20.07.2014

Life of faith

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Life of faith is when you live with love and believe,
While you still have nothing, that you will receive.
Life of faith is when you act with hope
That God will give you a Hand however steep is the slope.

Be of faith in life,
However rough is the strife.
Be of good cheer – God loves you;
Be wise and sober for it is true.
Iaroslav                                                    Sunday 10.09.2017

Keep on working

Keep on working
However hard it is.
You will soon be “forking”;
But now have patience, please.

The darkest hour
Is right before the dawn
You are this city’s flower.
To get the prize we have to work hard like an ant and a prawn.
Iaroslav                                                    Sunday 15.09.2013

Live as if tomorrow never comes

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We tend to live
As if we are here forever.
We keep things forgetting to give;
We tend to be thrifty rather than clever.

But what if tomorrow never comes?
What if God calls us today?
Do we realize to what our life sums?
Therefore, act boldly, remember to love, and pray.

Image credit: Philippe Cabot, “Banff National Park – Lake Herbert” August 9, 2015, via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 4.0.
Iaroslav                                                    Monday 04.09.2017

A single thread

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A single thread in an embroidered shirt
May not know its worth in the grand design.
Therefore, do not be upset, but alert;
Be faithful and be sure that God will make you a fruitful vine.

Image credit: Riwnodennyk, “Ivan Honchar museum vyshyvanka 01” September 29, 2012, via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 3.0.
Iaroslav                                                    Saturday 19.08.2017

Rejoice

Rejoice, do not be sad,
You are alive and can achieve so much!
What else to be said?
Be glad for you are a Christian and should be as such.

Be happy and let not your hands go down –
God is with you;
He is Strong to put on you a PhD gown –
Rejoice, God’s love is your support everywhere and always, it’s true.

Not only this, but you love Him truly.
He, be sure, sees this
And will reward you duly.
Rejoice to hit the target and not to miss.
Iaroslav                                                    Saturday 19.08.2017

What does it mean to be a man?

What does it mean to be a man?
You should be sure to understand,
It’s not easy, but, I believe, you can –
Be brave and wise: go, run, just never stand.

Is he strong? It’s not enough,
Even if he has never cried,
It only makes him tough.
A man will never show false pride.
Iaroslav                                                    Friday 25.07.2017

Whatever happens, stick together

Whatever happens, stick together,
In a bad storm and in good weather,
To overcome all misfortunes;
You will feel like a feather.

Supposing, you fall – you’ll get a support,
Each of you will stand like a fort!
He, who’ll try to defeat you, will lose.
You’ll be like a glorious caravel which enters a port.

Whatever you plan, you will do
‘Cause on God your hopes will be fixed by both of you.
Love is your shield,
You are protected from burning arrows, it’s true.

Beauty decays, love never ends.
Rudeness destroys, a kind word mends.
Stick together, good friends!
Iaroslav                                          Tuesday – Friday 19-22.02.2008

Your hands do what’s on your heart

Think about good
And this will help.
It will change not only your mood,
But your life, you’ll never yelp.

Still don’t believe?
Try, of course, if you can…
Why would I deceive?
Let peaceful mind build your plan.
Iaroslav                                                    Saturday 07.01.2006

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

Будь ласка, не сумуй!

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Будь ласка, не сумуй!
Хай теперішнім серце живе:
Тишу природи почуй…
Життя щосекунди нове!

За рогом перемога,
Хто шукає, знайдé.
Від Бога стежина-дорога;
Правда своє доведе.
Iaroslav                                          Friday – Monday 11-14.09.2009

Рідна мова

Рідна мова – бальзам для душі,
Струмок для вух джерельний,
Для язика – то мед;
Для голови – пірина.

Втомлену душу підкрипить,
Хворе тіло зціляє.
Це – від Бога!
Рідна мова – то життя!
Iaroslav                                                    September 2009

When you have all

When you have all,
When your life is calm,
Remember your God
And you’ll suffer no harm.

Remember those needy,
They are so poor indeed.
Please, be kind,
Deathlike is greed.

To live,
Please, open your heart –
Be happy, do good.
Much depends on your part.
Iaroslav                                                    Saturday 10.10.2009

Great to be alive

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I am not an ace,
But I know how to do things at my pace.
I am not a magician,
But in certain things can beat a mathematician.

I am not rich,
But try to do on time my stitch.
I am doing all right.
It’s a great day to be alive and to enjoy light!
Iaroslav                                                    Sunday 11.10.2015

Love blessing and use your wit

Love God and seek blessing
And it will cling to you.
If you do something wrong, be swift on confessing:
We all need to renew,

There is no shame in it.
Love peace and it will come to you.
To make progress use your wit.
Oh, how much it is true!
Iaroslav                                                    Sunday 2014

Cheer and consistency

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Do things with cheer
And your work will go far, not near.

But what has to be done – is to be done –
Do that and it will be gone.

Even famous people had tough times,
But continued working until they got juice out of limes.

Complete your kind projects through –
That’s a rewarding thing, it’s true.
Iaroslav                                                    Saturday 05.09.2015

It’s easy to lose

It’s easy to lose,
But it’s difficult to find.
Today you’re on the booze,
But tomorrow, be sure, the fortune won’t be so kind.

You say you weren’t ready?
I say you didn’t want to
‘Cause you knew you had to be strong and steady.
You’ll have to be wise to break through.
Iaroslav                                                    Saturday 22.05.2004

People tend to put off important things

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People tend to put off important things,
But be wise to do them at once, as if you had wings.
Then, maybe, God will bless you
Because He helps those who help themselves – it’s true.

Image credit: Jack Borno, “Moraine Creek – panoramio (1)” July 4, 2012, via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 3.0.
Iaroslav                                          Sunday – Monday 03-04.03.2013

Love God

Love God in trouble and joy!
All your mind, all your strength, and all your heart you will need to employ.
Be afraid of no one
But Him, be ready to wait, be ready to run.

Love God with all your strength,
With all your mind, heart, and body length!
Let your heart not sink:
He will support you more than you think.

Rely on Him and go.
Let your kindness grow!
Be quick and smart;
In studies, in work, strengthen your heart!

Be afraid of no one, not anybody in sum.
Only fear God now and in the time to come –
You will bring abundant fruit,
You will grow a profound root!
Iaroslav                                          Saturday – Sunday 19-20.01.2013

What is going on around?

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What is going on around?
Life is rushing by.
I can hear its sound,
It’s like being in a field of rye.

I live and discover,
I’ve been wrong about so many things.
But God always helps me to recover
Giving me hope and invisible wings.

I don’t know
What will happen in a day:
Perhaps it’ll be sunny, perhaps, it will snow.
How important it is to be sure on the way!

Image credit: Jack Borno, “Moraine Creek – panoramio (2)” July 4, 2012, via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 3.0.
Iaroslav                                          Monday –Tuesday 18-19.12.2006

There is no time for hesitation

There is no time for hesitation,
Choose your way and go.
There is no time for hesitation,
Choose your boat and row.

Soon you will see the sun appear
And it will lighten your way.
Kind Heart, your luck is near,
The night retreats, you will enjoy the day!

What for to look back?
Every step draws nearer your wonderful aim.
You will forget about lack.
You will win though the world is never the same.

Be confident, act;
Your garden will thrive!
Your shield is good tact.
Wisdom is with you wherever you drive.
Iaroslav                                                    Thursday 13.11.2008

Some moments you want to pass fast

Some moments you want to pass fast.
Black stripe, white stripe…
Some moments you do want to last,
But wait, do not wipe.

All sorts of things make up our life.
In all, it is so good
With every smile, every strife.
It is worth living I can conclude.

Be sorry about nothing:
One moment and the present is the past.
There is no use fussing.
Always ahead, your world is vast!
Iaroslav                                                    Saturday 01.11.2008

Believe

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Believe as long as possible, believe.
It is always easy to leave –
Keep on trying, being persistent in good:
Studying, resting, praying, saying, working under a hood.

Be ready to say “no” to bad things
Because they will encapsulate your neck and nose with rings.
Before you answer, reflect and pray:
Give it a thorough test before you say
Iaroslav                                          Monday –Tuesday 09-10.02.2015

Чуго ж руки поскладали?

Чуго ж руки поскладали?
Ще не час відпочивати,
Не всі ще пережитки зруйнували,
Треба цьому раду дати.

Рух уперед зараз необхідний.
Не стоятимемо десь на краю!
Хай буде успіх плідний,
Важливо розвивати перемогу свою.
Iaroslav                                          Saturday – Sunday 14-15.02.2004

Show me just a little smile

Please do not be upset,
Show me just a little smile.
I know, we’ve never met,
But we’re on the same isle.

I’ve got a message for you:
Show me just a little smile.
Although far, you are close to me, it’s true,
So, you’re not alone; I like your kind style!
Iaroslav                                                    Sunday 16.07.2006

Твоє Свято

Життя – великий дар,
Хай що, а ти йди!
Шкода, не може буть без хмар,
Але дощ – не назавжди́.

Твоя посмішка сяє кришталевою росою;
Щире серце знає шлях:
Божий Янгол завжди з тобою,
Навіть в далеких краях.
Iaroslav                                          Thursday – Sunday 10-13.09.2009

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

Have you ever seen a sunrise

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Have you ever seen a sunrise
Or the azure above
Which is often called just skies?
Have you ever been in love?

Or haven’t you got time enough?
Vanity of vanities, too much of it
And the sea of life is so rough.
Bustle can so badly hit…

But I don’t say forget all, throw away.
Just let love inside, right into your heart.
Mind your way.
Iaroslav                                                    Saturday 16.09.2006

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

However hard it is, go on

However hard it is, go on.
I know problems weigh much,
But to win you were born;
Your kind heart makes you strong as such!

It’s never too late to improve
When you are ready to fight,
Your deeds will prove,
You will enjoy a victorious light.

But now be patient to wait, let the day chase night.
What cannot be cured,
Should be endured.
A climber starts from the bottom to reach the height.
Iaroslav                                                    Sunday 13.01.2008

When you are sad

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When you are sad,
Take your time,
Get ready to be glad.
Make juice if you got a lime.

Remember to smile,
It helps with people.
They will appreciate your style.
You can make much even out of little.

Image credit: Jack Borno, “Jasper Parkway – panoramio – Jack Borno” August 21, 2005, via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 3.0.
Iaroslav                                                    Friday 21.05.2010

When do you live?

There is no tomorrow,
No yesterday as well.
Save now in order not to borrow;
Listen to the ringing bell.

Life is signing now.
Putting off a kind deed
Is to pinch your own brow,
It is to refuse an essential need.

By doing good to a neighbour
You do good to yourself first of all.
Good deed for soul is daily bread and labour.
Say “today” in order not to fall.
Iaroslav                                                    Monday 09.02.2009

Я зрозумів дещо важливе

Я зрозумів дещо важливе:
If we can’t as we would,
We must do as we can;
У моїх руках майбутнє щасливе.

Зараз як ніколи важко,
Та я сам ладен усе владнати,
І силу і розум я повинен поєднати.
Сподіваюся… З допомогою Божою не буде надто тяжко.
Iaroslav                                                    Saturday 07.06.2008

La vie chante une chanson

La vie chante une chanson,
Ecoute et tu entendras;
A chacun sa façon.
Le bon bientôt viendra.

Quoi qu’on dise, la vie est belle,
De temps en temps dure,
Pleine de sucre, pleine de sel,
Mais bonne en tant que telle!

Tu vas réussir, je te dis
Parce que le soleil est si beau,
Le ciel ne sera pas toujours gris.
Tu vas réussir, j’enlèverai mon chapeau.
Iaroslav                                                    Saturday 07.06.2008

Believe to achieve

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There is so much you can achieve!
I know, it’s hard to embrace,
But at any point believe,
Whether on earth or in space.

Image credit: Talhamujahid, “View of Jasper City from Whistlers Mountain” July 29, 2007, via Wikimedia Commons, public domain.
Iaroslav                                          Saturday – Sunday 18-19.04.2015

Great to be alive

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It is great to be alive!
I am so happy to see the blueness of the sky,
To contribute to a charitable bottle drive,
And to hear birds singing and to watch them fly.

I have hardships, true,
But as long as I keep on going,
Those can be worked through.
The advice is: keep on glowing.
Iaroslav                                                    Saturday 08.04.2017

When you can, give

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When you can, give.
And you will be given.
Be gracious and thankful and live,
You never know where you will be driven.

What you have, do not hide,
Open your mind, be bright.
Let your life outlook be wide;
Keep your inner spark always in sight!
Iaroslav                                                    Thursday 06.11.2008

Life is good

Life is good
Because it’s a flow.
It is like trees in a wood:
Never the same wherever we go.

Where there is no loss,
There is no gain.
Misfortunes remind about victory’s worth.
No exercises is starvation for brain.

A load is needed to make steel from muscles.
Without work a good gear rustles.
So, life is great forever!
Live and learn, be clever.
Iaroslav                                          Monday – Wednesday 05-07.05.2008

Rejoice Before God

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Rejoice before God in all!
He is Father of the fatherless and Judge of the widow indeed!
He hears when we call.
He helps in every good deed.

Rejoice before God in all!
Put sorrow without a reason away.
With God you will climb over any type of wall!
In any situation you will see day!
Iaroslav                                                   Tuesday 31.03.2015

You know better than I

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God, let me remember
That You know better than I,
January through December:
When I pray, when I say, and when I cry.

Continue spreading Your grace
Without which Your slave
Would have worst things to face:
Illness, poverty, failure, grave.

You know better than I.
Let it be so
Whether I stand or lie
Let Your slave prosper in You and with You let him grow.

Image credit: Aofi, “MtFairview2” February 20, 2008, via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 3.0.
Iaroslav                                                    Saturday 01.04.2017

Ні праворуч, ні ліворуч

Їжа – засіб, не ціль,
Нехай не обмежить свободи.
Хай в собі кожен має сіль,
Хай від серця будуть оди.

Для тіла добре й для душі
Проста, свідома рівновага.
Кожен може й усі;
До норми – велика повага.
Iaroslav                                                     Tuesday 16.03.2017

How wrong I was

How wrong I was.
All my problems come from within.
But now I see better the cause,
And the struggle is the way to win.

I thought that I had no luck.
Then I saw a disabled child
And realized where I got stuck.
I had all and was sad – in contrast, he smiled.

I say enough,
It’s never too late to mend!
My heart must be no longer rough
‘Cause God’s grace has no end.

So, should I complain
Or be ungrateful for a while?
Never! Isn’t it plain?
Thank Thee Father for the child’s smile!
Iaroslav                                                     Sunday 15.04.2007

Why should I save what I received, what I’ve got?

Why should I save what I received, what I’ve got?
It’s likely to go bad, it’s likely to rot.
Isn’t it better to invest
In order to get the best?

You can understand what I say.
Be attentive while it’s light, while it’s day.
I’m speaking about talents rather than money.
Think and do good stuff while it’s sunny.
Iaroslav                                                     Sunday 26.03.2005

Le ciel est bleu!

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Le ciel est bleu!
Des oiseaux chantent!
Des arbres sont en fleurs parfumées.
Que peut être mieux?
C’est printemps, est-ce que tu sentes?

Les jours gris ont passé
Et ne sont pas près.
Jette, mon cher lecteur, ta tristesse et souris!
Merci, mais c’est pas assez:
Rappelles aussi que tu es bel(le) et bon(ne) et c’est vrai!
Iaroslav                                                     Saturday 25.03.2006

Happy for the human race

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When you are looking at a person sometimes,
You are happy for the human race –
I hope you can relate to these rhymes.
I hope you can be such an example in your own place.

Image credit: University of the Fraser Valley, “Canada Education Park – Landscaping (7152350025)” May 5, 2012, via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY 2.0.
Iaroslav                                                     Thursday 16.03.2017

If God has pronounced against a nation

If God has pronounced against a nation,
But these people repent:
God will spare this population;
To them, an angel of peace and health will be sent.

If God’s people, who are elect,
Have gone astray,
God will see and detect:
He will punish unless they go back to the righteous way.
Iaroslav                                             Pascha Sunday 12.04.2015

Avoid war by all means

Avoid war by all means;
In it no one wins.
Shame is on those who unleash wars,
Who lie and break laws.

Repent and seek peace
Or vanish with all yours to the last piece.
Pray, may God help you find the way.
Believe there is a chance for you whatever they say.
Iaroslav                                                     Sunday 14.09.2014

You walk about the world

You walk about the world
With your eyes open and hair curled,
Now happier, now sadder
Just climbing little by little the ladder.

Sometimes you stumble and fly into temper.
But what’s the use? Doesn’t it hamper?
There is a remedy for all, not new:
Be strong to say ‘I love you’.
Iaroslav                                                     Saturday 27.05.2006

Alberta

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I am Alberta-bound.
I fell in love with this province completely;
In no other place have I found
Air which blows so sweetly;

Mountains which soar so acutely;
Lakes with water so fresh and lots of fish;
Deer, squirrels, bunnies that run freely absolutely.
Alberta, wherever I travel, you are my wish.

Image credit: Traveler100, “MoraineLakeP01” June, 2015, via Wikimedia Commons, C BY-SA 4.0.
Iaroslav                                                     Saturday 11.07.2015

Share light

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Shine your way –
Hard or light –
Have courage to say:
“You are so bright!”

But saying is insufficient –
Believe if you want all to be efficient.
Be of good cheer!
Share the things that are dear!

Image credit: Jonathan Mueller, “Lake Agnes, Banff NP Alberta Canada” July 24, 2011, via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY 2.0.
Iaroslav                                                     Sunday 12.02.2017

Read & run

Read ’cause reading will make you wise,
Your intelligence is very likely to rise.
In the Wise Book, you will find answers.
Your ideas will be as swift as lancers.

Run to do good and kind things;
Be quick and light as if with wings.
In all things avoid haste:
It certainly makes waste.
Iaroslav                                                     Thursday 05.02.2015

Dressed up for weather

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Do not be shy of dressing up for the weather.
Do not consider too much what people will think:
They will admire! Whether
You realize this or not. Appropriate clothes are a link
To healthy you. Who needs young people who are sick?
Before going out, search the weather, make that extra click!

Image credit: Jack Borno, “Snow Day – panoramio” December 2, 2010, via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 3.0.
Iaroslav                                                     Sunday 01.02.2015

Don’t be afraid of making a repairable mistake

Don’t be afraid of making a repairable mistake:
To take a university course, to meet a friend, to buy a car of a wrong make…
You will sincerely apologize, you will earn that extra dime.
The thing is you thought you have time.
Iaroslav                                                     Saturday 11.02.2017

Crosses of others

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None of us knows
The crosses of others;
Therefore, wherever each of us goes
Let us be patient with sisters and brothers.

Image credit: Jack Borno, “Bow River – panoramio – Jack Borno” October 9, 2005, via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 3.0.
Iaroslav                                                     Thursday 02.02.2017

Keep your dreams alive

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Keep your dreams alive,
Cherish them in spite of all.
However long is the drive,
Listen to your heart’s call.

Image credit: Veronika Ronkos, “Moose mother with calf” July 20, 2011, via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 3.0.
Iaroslav                                                     Monday 17.05.2010

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

Exercises will help you stay well

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Exercises will help you stay well:
Your body will sound as a new, tuned bell;
Your eyes will see as eagle eyes;
Your brain will work to make you wise.

Choose exercises that fit your style:
Swimming, running, stretching, walking a mile…
In the morning or in the eve.
Then, a healthy soul in a healthy body is what you will receive!
Iaroslav                                                    Sunday 03.02.2013

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

Love justice and walk humbly with the Lord

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Love justice in every business, in all,
And be prepared to walk humbly with the Lord.
He is the One Who hears and listens to your call.
Rely on Him, His deeds, His Word.

Image credit: Tobias Alt, Tobi 87, “Moraine Lake-Banff NP” July 30, 2005, via Wikimedia Commons, 4.0 International, CC BY-SA 3.0, CC BY-SA 2.5, CC BY-SA 2.0 and https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/1.0/deed.en license.
Iaroslav                                                     Monday 03.10.2016

I like the sound of your name

I like when you are around –
It’s like serotonin and vitamin D that abound.
Your eyes are of the most beautiful hue;
I like speaking with you.

You make hard things light:
Your ideas are effortless, bright.
I am your gent, you are my dame;
I like the sound of your name.
Iaroslav                                                     Thursday 12.01.2017

If you are asking for a thing

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If you are asking for a thing
And God does not give it to you –
Do not fold your wing –
He has prepared something better, something new.

Image credit: Jack Borno, “Banff Reflections – panoramio” June 22, 2011, via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 3.0.
Iaroslav                                                     Thursday 12.01.2017

Your friend is not worse

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Your friend is not worse,
Just different perhaps.
No one puts the cart before the horse.
Try to love her/him without giving slaps.

Image credit: LASZLO ILYES, “Silent Granite (6464034145)” July 18, 2011, via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY 2.0.
Iaroslav                                                     Thursday 12.01.2017

What for are you asking ‘why’

What for are you asking ‘why’?
You’d better ask ‘how’.
Spread your mind and fly.
You can improve the things right now.

Life is too short to look back.
Of course, you can moan and yelp,
But unique is your track.
Love and confidence will endure and help.
Iaroslav                                                     Friday 02.01.2009

До Різдва Христового

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Різдво! Хай кожен радіє
Бо прийшов Спаситель у світ.
У серцях добро хай вільно панує і діє,
У країну миру здійснімо політ!

Природа Божа спокоєм дивує,
Горобці щиро радість сповіщають.
Відкрите небо здійснéння мрій дарує.
Віра, надія, любов нас, людей, обіймають.

Уважний побачить,
Дуже ж поважний – можливо.
Щирість кожного собі розтлумачить,
Чиста любов, проста радість – як це важливо!
Iaroslav                                                     Wednesday 07.01.2009

Люби добро понад усе

Люби добро понад усе
І ближньому чини як хочеш сам для себе.
Нехай твоє життя це світло пронесе.
Нехай добро полюбить тебе.
Iaroslav                                                     Sunday 02.02.2014

Do good stuff today

In years to come
You will be more sorry about the things
You didn’t do, because they would seem dumb,
Than about those you did on your faith, hope, love wings.

So do good stuff today,
Do it with courage, without delay.
Skip reflecting on what they will think or say –
Do kind, wise, and simple things at home, at work, at play.
Iaroslav                                                     Wednesday 28.12.2016

Pretty girl, don’t cry

Pretty girl, don’t cry;
He left you, but try.
Wipe off your tears and fly
On the wings of your dreams so high.

You left her, what for
Still seeking anything more?
You say you broke no law –
I say you declared a war.

What a disaster a hypocrite heart can bring –
It’s like a sharp sting
Which hurts a bird’s wing
Not allowing her to fly or to sing.
Iaroslav                                                      Saturday 03.12.2005

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

Time is sly indeed

Time is sly indeed,
It’s moving faster day after day.
Who knows what I need?
What shall I say?

Anyway, never stop rowing,
Keeping heart open;
Never being afraid of bestowing.
That is the only way in order not to feel broken.

What for to put off till tomorrow
A kind smile, a good deed?
Retardation leads to sorrow.
Time is sly indeed.
Iaroslav                                          Tuesday – Wednesday 12-13.12.2006

Let Christmas light up souls

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Let Christmas light up souls,
It’s time for a merry song!
All people are together just having their own roles.
Love will last forever and more and it isn’t long.

So, smile and join your hands
Forgive all you couldn’t before.
Your heart is longing to see new kind lands,
How much good your soul does store!

Christmas is coming,
What a bright Day!
Children are joyfully running,
All can come true for those who hopefully pray!

‘Merry Christmas!’, we say
And it is indeed!
On God our hopes we lay,
So, why to worry, there is no need!

Image credit: Crispin, Alfred Trevor Crispin, Alfred Trevor, Mrs R. Clay, Sons, and Taylor Macmillan & Co, “A Christmas carol” c. 1873s, via flickr, No known copyright restrictions.
Iaroslav                                                      Sunday 24.12.2006

What is my destination?

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What is my destination?
That’s the question I should ask.
Have I mistaken my vocation?
Will I be able to solve the task?

I just live my short life
Trying to hope for the best,
It’s like a strife
And I should work with zest.

All the above is right,
But sometimes I feel wrong,
Now I know my belief should be bright
And also hope and love; and they all life-long.

Iaroslav                                                      Saturday 11.12.2004
Image credit: Xiao23, “Banff Springs Hotel 01” July 9, 2012, via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 3.0.

When you hear crying

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When you hear crying,
Do not shut your ears, explore
Whether this is a call for help or lying;
Act according to the situation: use a word of support, buy food in a store.

Image credit: Alan D. Wilson, “Osprey – natures pics 2” October 8, 2008, via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 2.5.
Iaroslav                                                      Monday 05.09.2016

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.

Christmas bells are singing

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Christmas bells are singing,
How blissfully calm is their ringing!
It’s a song of life for all,
Let’s open our hearts to a poor man’s call!

Never close your soul and it’ll be cured.
Hardships are given to be sagely endured.
However difficult sometimes it may be,
You are born to win, not to flee!

Image credit: Wingchi Poon, “I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills from whence cometh my help” August 31, 2006, via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 3.0.
Iaroslav                                           Saturday – Sunday 15-16.12.2007

Try everything

When you are too afraid to go,
Try everything – all worthy things to grow.
When you are ready to quit,
Just try your wit.

In all good business keep smart and fair;
Before you make an important decision, remember to say a prayer.
Be simple and clever,
Be grateful ever.
Iaroslav                                                      Sunday 20.11.2016

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

You’re at the fire-place

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You’re at the fire-place
And do not feel cold,
And you’ve got some stores just in case,
But don’t be bold.

Everything is in God’s power.
Do you remember paupers near your house?
They aren’t afraid of showers,
They believe though they’ve got as much as a mouse.

All you have is like a passing dream;
Even some paupers used to be rich.
Life is faster than a mountain stream –
While you can, help those who can’t do a hitch.

Image credit: Satoru Kikuchi, “Populus tremuloides foliage” June 8, 2009, via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY 2.0.
Iaroslav                                                      Saturday 04.12.2004

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

Forgive

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Forgive although you were right.
Forgive to make your heart light.
Forgive not because of what they do,
But because of who you are, because God loves you.

Image credit: Alan D. Wilson, “Canada Goose – natures pics” August 22, 2008, via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 2.5.
Iaroslav                                                        Friday 14.10.2016

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.

До Пресвятої Богородиці

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Присвята Богородице, дякую Тобі за приклад:
“Я ж Господня раба,” Ти сказала;
І таким Твого життя є виклад:
Все життя Ти Богу щиро віддала.

Бог Тебе забрав до Себе коли Ти заснула –
Ти разом із Ним перебуваєш
І нашу щиру молитву до Тебе завжди чуєш і чула
І від бід і скорбот нас визволяєш.

Дякую Тобі, Пресвята Богородице, за молитви неперестанні,
За велику любов і допомогу,
За настанови Твої вечірні і ранні,
За те, що наші прохання, скорботи приносиш Богу.
Iaroslav                                                        Sunday 02.10.2016

What you have, hold

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What you have, hold.
You are so rich indeed!
You are smart, you are bold,
Your health is more precious than gold.

So, be wise to save it and maintain.
No one knows what will happen then.
Under the sun or pouring rain,
Be sage to keep what is main.

Believe, these words are true.
You will need much strength –
Till the sky above is blue –
To do kind things, to break through!
Iaroslav                                           Sunday – Monday 11-12.01.2009

Sincere smile

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Sincere smile, how much it means!
It is like bread and oil, beans
For a hungry soul.
For a fan it is a goal.

Just smile and improve the world around.
The birds are singing, what a sound!
The past is past, we live in the present.
Your smiling face is so pleasant!

Your smile is a cure for others,
It does support your brothers.
Be yourself, it is worthwhile.
How much it means, sincere smile!
Iaroslav                                                        Friday 12.12.2008

Kindly smart

If it doesn’t stick, bud,
Use a tape around that part.
If a car has passed and got you in mud,
Take it easy, be kindly smart.

Remember to run –
This is to cover your winning mile.
Remember to enjoy fresh air, bright sun.
Remember to smile =)
Iaroslav                                                        Sunday 25.09.2016