Christmas, what a bright Day!
It’s time to smile, give, take, and pray!
It’s time when you can play
As if you were a child constructing with clay.
Open your heart, let Christmas come and stay,
Let the kind child in you rejoice at each sun ray!
Keep your own bright, courageous, perseverant way.
Merry Christmas! I wish you happy smiles and a full tray!
Image credit: Mrspix, “Castle Mountain in Winter” March 9, 2017, via Wikimedia Commons, , CC BY-SA 4.0.
Iaroslav Sunday 24.12.2017
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
Є люди, заради яких на світі варто жити –
Це – ті, які вміють ще любити.
Це – мама й діти,
Це – ті, які дрібницям вміють ще радіти.
Це – закохані щиро,
Яких життя як чисте миро.
Це – бідні, але щирі люди,
Які є, повір, усюди.
Багато бачив я у світі.
Та є у ньому те, заради чого варто жити:
Джерела, гори, дерева на весні у квіті.
Є заради кого варто ще любити,
Є ті, кого потрібно захистити.
Iaroslav Saturday 11.02.2012
Every child has a kind dream –
Chase it till it comes true.
However insurmountable things seem –
Allow the good seed to sprout through.
Iaroslav Sunday 23.04.2017
The Church is a member of my family truly –
It helps bring up children duly.
For many things I am obliged to the Church indeed –
It taught love; from vices it freed.
Iaroslav Thursday 20.04.2017
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
Live as if you had only one day.
Laugh as if you were a child at play.
Love as if that’s all you’ve got to say.
Iaroslav Sunday 09.10.2016
Я дякую тобі, мамо,
За все, що мені ти дàла,
За те, що спати не лягала рано
І за те, що в мене душу вклала.
Спасибі нескінченне тобі,
Що коли й дитиною нерозумною був,
Краще віддавала мені, не лишаючи собі.
За перемоги спасибі, які я здобув.
Господу я зобов’язаний
За все, що в мене є.
Наш успіх із Ним пов’язаний.
Дякую, мамо, тобі і за це.
Iaroslav Saturday 18.09.2004
Did you know that the first carol ever
Was sung by angels and shepherds heard?
They left all to come, but brought their herd.
Magi came too: their decision was clever.
Let us set aside all cares of life –
Let’s come to Church to celebrate Christmas together!
Be your kind self, bring your friends, your children, and wife.
Set aside worries, today be lighter than a feather!
Image credit: Richard Taylor, “Moon over Jasper (2)” September 10, 2008, via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY 2.0.
Iaroslav Tuesday – Wednesday 29-30.12.2015
If you want to win, fight a peaceful fight
For your and your children’s future to be bright!
I know, this is hard,
But have faith in God and be en garde*!
Just a little more and the day of victory will come!
Be en garde, no need for rum,
Ahead, without despair, my friend!
You will enjoy victory in the end!
* French for “on guard”.
Iaroslav Sunday 23.12.2012
First best investment is education,
It does not matter where you were born, to what nation.
Money gets cheaper each day –
Education will grow in price without delay.
Second best investment is your wife.
When it gets tough in life,
She will sell her jewellery to support the family: your children and you.
Whatever the situation is, good or bad, keep your love true.
Third best investment is children indeed.
When the time comes, invest in their education, word, and deed.
When you grow old,
They will support you, among your neighbours you will be bold.
Iaroslav Friday 04.12.2015