Thank You Father for this year too!

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Thank You Father for this year too!
How interesting life is!
And this year is so pure and new.
You take care of all: people, birds, bees…

New Year has come,
What a wonderful night!
The clock has stricken 12-time “bum”.
Christmas lights are shining so bright!

I wish you a happy New Year!
It has rushed in
Bringing in fresh hope and faithful glare!
Rely on God and keep up your chin!

Image credit: Anthonymaw, “Lake Louise and the Victoria Glacier” March 9, 2017, via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 4.0.
Iaroslav                                                    Monday 01.01.2007

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Open your heart for Christmas

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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

Christmas presents

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Do presents on Christmas matter?
Yes, they certainly do!
Not the ones that make us fatter,
But the ones that melt hearts and show our love to be true.

The ones that unite our hearts,
The ones that make distance short,
The ones that extinguish burning darts.
Faith, hope, love; the ones that comfórt.

Friendly smile,
Cheering wink,
Prayer, charity, kind deed that lasts a while,
Peaceful mind… Have time to stop and think.

Image credit: Zeljko Kozomara, “Many Springs in early Autumn” October 3, 2016, via Wikimedia Commons, , CC BY-SA 4.0.
Iaroslav                                                    Wednesday 20.12.2017

Bells are singing a merry tune

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Bells are singing a merry tune
Above the city and country, forest, and dune;
The Wonderful Day is coming here,
Fairy Christmas is already near.

Don’t hesitate,
Open your heart till it’s not too late:
All your dreams will come true,
Believe and the rain of grace will pour upon you.

You are free in God, so –
More confidence, be ready to mow.
Merry Christmas I wish!
Be blessed and enjoy your Christmas dish!

Image credit: Thank you for visiting my page, “Upper Kananaskis lake (15621455067)” November 16, 2014, via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY 2.0.
Iaroslav                                          Tuesday 20.12.2005 – Saturday 28.01.2006

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

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

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

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

It’s Christmas today

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It’s Christmas today,
The time when miracles take place.
It’s time to do good things and to play.
All is rejoicing: the earth and space!

Come out, sing carols, cheerful songs
To your family and friend
Or a soul that awaits Christmas and longs.
Glorify God, let Christmas in heart never end!
Iaroslav                                                         Tuesday 06.01.2015

The first carol

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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

Without Christmas, there is no Easter

Without Christmas, there is no Easter;
Life, salvation, and joy from both these events proceed.
Therefore, take heed:
Rejoice in both feasts and help those who are in need.

During Christmas, however, there is a risk of greed
Over presents such as a toy, a sweater, a golden bead;
But open your heart and open the Bible to read –
Let God take the lead!
Iaroslav                                            Monday – Tuesday 28-29.12.2015

This is the greatest day of the year

This is the Greatest Day of the year
It’s time for the Christmas song!
And I wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Some days seemed to be so long…

But Christmas is quite different.
You’ve been looking forward to this night.
Today forget about the rent,
Everything will be all right.

Video credit: Relaxing & Romantic Music, “We wish you a Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year- ENYA” December 7, 2011, via YouTube.
Iaroslav                                                         Saturday 20.12.2003

Share the Christmas Spirit

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A good way to share the Christmas Spirit is to sing together,
To make people’s mood lighter than a feather!
So, come, join the song,
Don’t be afraid to be wrong.

Let’s sing about His glory and love!
Let’s ask for a peace dove
For all the people, near and far!
Let’s wait and watch the first star.

It’s Christmas, do sing and believe!
You will receive
The things you need.
The reward is great for every kind deed.

God loves you very much;
The extent of this love is such
That He gave His Only-begotten Son for you.
He wants you to be happy and to break through.
Iaroslav                                                         Sunday 20.12.2015

Carol

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Today is Christmas, let’s sing with cheer.
Christ is born to save us all.
Let us give up fear!
Today our salvation and joy are near.

Let us stock up with love
To the Lord and our neighbour!
Let us give to those in need a glove,
Yet better a pair for God blessed us in our labour!

Let us sing with joy
And let us share
A kind word, a toque, organic food, a toy…
Let us enjoy Christmas glare!
Iaroslav                                            Tuesday – Thursday 16-18.12.2014

Christmas carol

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It’s Christmas season outside,
It’s time to let the Christmas Spirit inside.
It’s time to help him/her who is in need,
To invite the Christmas Spirit through a kind deed.

It’s time to find peace with all,
To open your own heart, to go beyond a mall;
To phone him/her who needs your call;
To speak to the one who is in low spirits over a fall.

It’s time to believe in miracles, friend;
For him who does, they never end.
Christmas is time to be a good Christian, husband, and son,
To spend time with your family and to have fun!
Iaroslav                                                          Thursday 10.12.2015