Be happy

“Be happy”, they say,
But they lie:
“Watch TV, don’t pray;
Going to Church, why”,

They proclaim;
But the truth is:
Without God we miss the aim.
Think carefully, please.
Iaroslav                                                     Sunday 02.10.2016

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Let your light smile shine the way

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Let your light smile shine the way.
Let your kind words make the day.
Be your gentle self everywhere
Because you love, because you care.

Image credit: Isruma, “Moraine Lake July-2001” July 20, 2011, via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY 3.0.
Iaroslav                                                      Friday 14.10.2016

The grass isn’t always greener

DSCN9384The grass isn’t always greener
On the other side of the fence!
I hope you’ve noticed the screamer!
And I’ve meant no offence.

Just look better around,
Keep carefully what you own.
It’ll make your body sound,
And your soul will throw away the stone.

Be proud of your garden
And take care of it.
Wisdom is the best guard
And it’ll help you a bit.
Iaroslav                                                         Saturday 06.11.2004

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

Balance

I know you go to Church a lot,
But how do you react when you see someone in need,
With fear and distrust or with a welcome which is hot,
With generosity or with greed?

Yes, you have to take care,
But you also have to be helpful, loving, and fair.
How to manage? Try balance in all,
Add a pinch of wisdom, sprinkle with love, go to Church, read the Scroll*.

* The Bible.
Iaroslav                                                         Sunday 14.02.2016

You should never be afraid

You should never be afraid
God is always with you.
Be wise and do as He bade
And you will be given your due.

He cares even for the smallest flower.
Will He not care much more for you?
Remember His commandments and you will be stronger than the highest tower.
It is never too late to improve, God loves you and that is true.
Iaroslav                                                          Sunday 19.06.2005

The language is a well of knowledge

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Language is a well of knowledge.
It is spoken and also studied at college.
I use it everyday and everywhere,
But I’ve never looked at it with due care.

I’ve been studying it since school,
But even now I can’t remember each rule.
Language is like a puzzle
And here even a dog won’t nuzzle.

God gave us this gift.
The gift is powerful, fair, and has no sift.
With language one can bring in pleasure
Or sorrow if he doesn’t want or doesn’t see the measure.

The language is also like an ocean:
It’s deep, full of good things and is always in motion.
We need it like grass needs dew.
Thanks to language I write; thanks to it I speak to You.
Iaroslav                                                          Saturday 25.06.2005

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

My mother

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I thank you, Mom, for your love so strong!
Thank you for your care.
You helped me whether I was right or wrong,
You protected me in winter frost and summer glare.

You cook best food in the world;
You covered me with a blanket when I slept curled.
When I was ill, you were with me;
When I was sad, you made my mind free.

Thank you because you are still close by.
You give advice,
You share your rice.
You just help, you never ask why.
Iaroslav                                                          Saturday 08.08.2015