God’s salvation

God’s salvation
Is very close to those
Who fear Him in every nation –
To those who multiply faith, hope and love among population.
Iaroslav                                                    Wednesday 20.07.2016

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Не дав нам Бог духа стра́ху

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Не дав нам Бог духа стра́ху,
Але сили, любові, розуму здорового.
Безнадійність, непевність не є християнського фаху;
Віра, надія, радість серця – шлях до успіху чудового.

Image credit: Thank you for visiting my page, “Moraine Lake Alberta Canada (18819148794)” July 4, 2015, via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY 2.0.
Iaroslav                                                    Sunday 15.07.2018

Happy because alive

Happy because alive;
Snappy because I strive;
Thankful – I have so much;
Hopeful; with friends in touch.

Always, always, and always
I must be grateful –
As the real faithful,
All days, all days, and all days.

I don’t know what is ahead.
I don’t feel lack of bread.
My brain, my way, my strife.
My heart, my soul, my life.
Iaroslav                                                    Sunday 25.05.2008

Never stop creating

Never stop creating good, Christian things;
Let simple deeds of love and compassion help you spread you wings.
By doing nothing we learn to do ill.
Season with the salt of faith and hope your will.
Iaroslav                                                    Sunday 29.04.2018

Wit

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Friend, God has given you wit –
Remember to use it.
In work and studies – apply to make a good fit.
Wisdom, faith, and courage make a good kit.

Image credit: AniKov, “Banff national park mountains” May 22, 2017, via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 4.0.
Iaroslav                                                    Sunday 15.04.2018

Both hardships and treasure will fade away

Both hardships and treasure will fade away,
But love is forever.
Watch what you do, what you say,
Decide for yourself what is clever.

There are things, deeds, and words that lead to death.
Faith, hope, love are the way of life.
Believe till the last breath.
To mow peace, do not plant or engage in strife.
Iaroslav                                                    Saturday 09.06.2007

Recipe

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Take your passion,
Mix with hard work.
Clean and neat are always in fashion.
Keep mixing with a confident fork.

Add love as much as it takes.
Sprinkle generously with faith everywhere.
Add some hope before it bakes.
Remember to oil with rest; avoid despair.

Image credit: Pierre5018, “Lake Louise 2017-03 ski 09” March 7, 2017, via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 4.0.
Iaroslav                                   Bright Monday – Tuesday 09-10.04.2018

Une compagnon, mais pas trop sage

Je suis à toi
Un compagnon, mais pas trop sage
Je n’ai pas d’argent comme des rois,
Et j’ai jeune âge.

Mais j’ai aussi un cœur fidèle,
Une âme qui a de l’espoir,
De l’amour qui est plus doux que miel,
De la foi qui aide à marcher sans savoir.

Merci, o Seigneur!
Iaroslav                                                    Saturday 18.02.2012

What matters most

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When we are in extreme situations,
It’s what seems the least that matters the most:
Prayer, a word of support, and patience,
Faith, hope, love a quarrel closed,

Repentance, Communion, communication,
Fresh air, sleep, enough water and rest.
Therefore, remember these at all times, in any nation.
In loving God and neighbour – do your best.

Image credit: Sergei Akulich, “Peyto Lake, Canada (Unsplash)” October 27, 2015, via Wikimedia Commons, CC0 1.0.
Iaroslav                                                    Sunday 11.03.2018

Faith saves

Remember what Jesus Christ said to the blind,*
The leper and the Canaanite woman truly?
They made up their mind
To stick to faith, and He healed and helped them fully.

Do you also remember the widow’s persistence –
Although the unrighteous judge showed resistance,
He helped after all.
Now let us also go and stick to faith in all!

*Blind – see Mark 10:46-52
Leper – see Mark 17:11-49
Canaanite woman – see Matthew 15:21-28
Widow (parable) – see Luke 18:1-8
Iaroslav                                                    Sunday 25.02.2018

Love your neighbour as you love yourself

Have you ever thought
That loving others
As we love ourselves, which should be a lot,
Is being accepting of your sisters and brothers?

It is being forgiving and patient in all;
Loving God, including in His creation;
Being happy, faithful, hopeful, and tall
Despite shortcomings and an awkward business presentation?

Love God and love your neighbour,
Love yourself in studies, rest, and labour.
Smile often whenever you can.
Melting ice inside and keeping positive is the plan!
Iaroslav                                          Friday – Sunday 02-04.02.2018

When you are in doubt – pray

When you are in doubt – pray
In the morning, at night, during the day;
Whether long or short, let the prayer come from the heart.
Let it be with faith, hope, love fully, not in part.
Iaroslav                                                    Thursday 10.08.2017

Величай, душе моя, Господа

Величай, душе моя, Господа
Бо повіки милість Його!
Все премудрістю сотворив єси!
Знням створив всесвіт і мудрістю,
Не захитається вона.

Знання дав людині: кому мови, кому про мови;
Кому про землю, кому про воду;
Кому про повітря, кому про механізми;
А іншим знання про людей, щоб врачувати хвороби!

Одних настановив начальниками, а інших – робітниками.
Одних – науковцями, а інших – митцями.
Але у багатстві не поклав щастя.

Боже, дай нам серце чисте, щоб співати Тобі;
Щоб ми славили Ім’я Твоє в радості;
Щоб славили Ім’я Твоє з мудрістю, з любов’ю та вірою!
Величай, душе моя, Господа
Бо повіки милість Його!

Кожне дихання, кожна мова –
У кожному місці і у кожній справі –
Хваліте Господа,
Бо повіки милість Його!

У любові щирій поклав щастя.
У служінні ближнім – велич.
У простоті – знання!

Величай, душе моя, Господа!
Всі народи, заспівайте Господеві!
Любов Твоя нас береже.
Дякуємо Тобі за любов!
Слава Тобі, Боже, навіки!
Iaroslav                                          Tuesday – Wednesday 11-12.01.2012

Remain yourself

It is easy to lose,
To get lost in the cruise:
Waves are crying in rage.
Your way is to be sage.

Keep what is true,
Your love and faith,
Keep to come through.

God knows what is ahead.
But now be brave
And respect your intelligent head!
Iaroslav                                                    Monday 21.12.2009

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

Never give up in any good deed

Never give up in any good deed,
Whether you are studying or pulling out a garden weed,
Whether you are writing a dissertation
Or working on a new invention.

Never give up in a good endaveour,
Be cheerful, hopeful, faithful, and clever.
For all good things pray.
May God’s blessing help you each day!
Iaroslav                                          Tuesday 20.12.2005 – Saturday 28.01.2006

Awesomize

Have faith, have strength to smile.
You are kind, be brave.
If necessary, wait for a while;
Be not afraid of a ranging wave.

For your Creator you are equal.
Be careful though and be wise.
Believe to add a happy ending to this sequel.
Get over, smile, and work to awesomize!
Iaroslav                                                    Sunday 01.09.2013

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

In love

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Baby, I am in love with your hair,
Your voice, your gaze, your smile;
Your looks are fair;
I love your style.

I want to share all things with you.
You are the only one for me;
Your faith, your hope, your love are true;
With you I want to raise a family.

Image credit: Kevin Lenz, “Kananaskis Lakes aerial2” October 2, 2006, via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 2.5.
Iaroslav                                                      Sunday 25.09.2016

With faith

Best things in life
Happened when God blessed me to act with faith indeed:
Success in studies, finding wife,
Seeing far-away places, happiness, conquering greed.

Bad things are preceded
By absence of faith in deeds:
Bad luck at work, lack of support when it is needed,
Worry, abundance of effort with many unsprouted seeds.
Iaroslav                                                        Monday 05.09.2016

Посміхнись

Посміхнись і посміхнеться все навкруги,
І розквітнуть по-новому поля і луги.
Знаю, нелегко та тримай впевнено ніс,
Лихо минеться, ти вже набагато більше зніс.

Посміхнись і хай там що, у вірі стій,
Скоро полегшення прийде і побачиш успіх свій.
А щоб впевнено йти, пам’ятай про любов,
Вона – вічне, а турботи пройдуть і не побачиш їх знов.
Iaroslav                                                         Sunday 25.06.2006

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

Le ruisseau de temps coule vite

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Le ruisseau de temps coule vite.
Et beaucoup va changer:
Les choses intérieures aussi que le site.
Mais il n’est jamais trop tard pour changer.

Seulement te rappelle toujours:
C’est à toi.
Il y a fondement même dans les plus grandes tours.
Tiens la patience et l’amour avec la foi.

Image credit: Ron B, “Banff Glacier” August 16, 2011, via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY 2.0.
Iaroslav                                                         Wednesday 04.04.2007

What you do is important

What you do is important really:
Your job, your studies, your family, and your sport;
The things for which you get paid and the ones you give freely.
Your kind deeds are your fort.

Every kind deed matters.
Not because of the one who flatters,
But because they improve the world around,
Because they evoke a smile and make happiness abound.

Never question a kind deed you do,
Stay faithful to what is true.
Good intentions may mislead.
So, keep it simple when you do your duty and a kind deed.

Be sure to fulfill your duty in work and studies.
Train to respect your time your party buddies.
Live simple life of faith every day.
Keep it simple and pray.
Iaroslav                                                         Monday 04.04.2016

Believe

Believe in order to win!
Let your success be perfected.
Let your everyday life be affected!
Believe, be courageous and win.

Let God grant you faith.
Let your wisdom grow,
Let your love be in strength,
Let your life peacefully flow.
Iaroslav                                                          Sunday 17.07.2011

Girlfriend and boyfriend

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Always treat your girlfriend like a lady;
Remember to tell her “baby”.
Make sure that when she is with you,
She has the support to lean on like a faithful captain and his crew.

Treat your boyfriend like a gentleman
Regardless of how many things he can.
Just have respect and understanding and he’ll reward you too:
He will be your support and stimulus to get through.
Iaroslav                                                          Friday 13.11.2015

Veterans

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They gave their lives
That we may enjoy the things we like.
Due to them peace thrives;
Without fear I can ride my bike.

Thank you
For you have showed courage, faith, and love.
You have prepared the place for the peace dove.
Every day you stood to your duty anew.

We remember and pray for you.
We live because your courageous deeds were true.
We enjoy hockey, pancakes, maple syrup, and barbecue.
Your glory did not fade, it grew.

Image credit: Emilian Robert Vicol, “Red-Poppy-Flower-Field 29642-480×360 (4900386946)” August 16, 2010, via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY 2.0.
Iaroslav                                                          Wednesday 11.11.2015

Хто б що не казав, а життя – неймовірне

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Хто б що не казав, а життя – неймовірне –
На мільйони кольорів і дива багате;
Для розумних – на вдачу вірне.
Хоч бува часом солонувате.

Тільки подумати, як все влаштовано:
День і ніч, вода – вогонь, птах і людина!
Великою Божою мудрістю усе збудовано.
І кожен своє місце має, навіть невеличка тварина.

Як щасливий той, хто з вірою живе,
Не дивлячись на клопоти, кожну хвилину цінує!
Як блажен той, хто православним шляхом іде
Бо з надією живе і до вічного прямує.
Iaroslav                                                          Saturday 11.06.2005

Patience is a virtue

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Patience is a virtue,
The lack of it can hurt you.
A person who can possess himself and is witty
Is better than the one who can capture a city.

You can have an army and money,
But this will not make your day sunny;
And they can disappear quickly; –
Cover yourself with wisdom and patience thickly.

The beginning of wisdom is the fear of God, truly.
Cheer up, have faith and act duly.
Have patience on all the paths of life:
At work, at school, with your husband or wife.
Iaroslav                                            Sunday – Thursday 24-28.05.2015

In the circle of friends

Love God with all your heart,
With all your strength!
Stand firm, do not depart,
Be consistent on the way throughout its length.

If somebody goes astray
Or if you are in the circle of friends:
Keep the light of faith on your way,
Remember where all ends.
Iaroslav                                                          Saturday 23.08.2014

Люби добро

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Люби добро понад усе.
Хай певно твоя нога ступає.
Хоч хто куди тебе несе,
Хай у твердості віра зростає.

Не дивись які догани мають.
І навіть якщо тебе збивають –
У вірі твердо стій
Бо так фундамент ствердиш свій.
Iaroslav                                                          Sunday 10.07.2011

Whatever happens, believe

It is easy to believe when all is smooth,
But try to be consistent whatsoever:
No matter who would like you to lose,
God is with you forever.

Whatever happens, believe.
Let your heart follow your dream.
Whatever news you receive,
Let your soul faithfully gleam!
Iaroslav                                                          Saturday 05.02.2011

Rely on God with Him you will show strength

Rely on God; with Him, you will show strength.
With Him, you will extend your days’ length.
You will conquer any foe,
You will mix the tastiest dough.

Rely on God and win with peace in any land.
Take a shield of faith in hand
And a spear of love, and an armour of hope
To manage all and to be able to cope.
Iaroslav                                                          Wednesday 06.05.2015

Cheer up

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Do your part,
God will do His, be sure.
Do things with faith and hope in heart;
Let love not depart.

Do your part,
God will do His, truly.
Add kindness and confidence to start;
Thrive fully.
Iaroslav                                                          Tuesday 21.04.2015