Нехай буде Ім’я Господнє Благословенне

Нехай буде Ім’я Господнє Благословенне!
Нехай прийде перед Тобою моління раба Твого смиренне.
Дякую, Боже, за Твою Любов!
За захист знов і знов!

На кожному шляху мого життя –
У спеку, у мороз, у тиші, під час вітру виття,
Ти благословив раба Твого щедрими дарами:
Родиною, здоров’ям, навчанням, житлом і хлібами.

Боже, я дякую Тобі за всіх і за все!
Нехай у мирі раб Твій моління піднесе.
Нехай Ласка Твоя, нехай Любов Твоя спасе!
Раб Твій нехай подячну молитву принесе.
Iaroslav                                                    Sunday 10.02.2013

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

For all

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Father, thank Thee for all!
I have said “all” on purpose, that’s true –
It’s not laziness, but my soul’s call.
I couldn’t thank for a thing or two
‘Cause it’s so easy for me to forget
And all I have is not mine –
It belongs to Thee as well as my life,
But I do not regret.
Thank Thee, Father, for all!
For all Your gifts and love,
For preventing me from a fall,
For clothes and food, for the peace dove.

Image credit: Wheateater, “Highwood River AB” June, 2009, via Wikimedia Commons, public domain.
Iaroslav                                                     Sunday 06.08.2006

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

More important than money

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More important than money,
More important than food.
Better than honey,
Lighter than wood.

It is weak…
But stronger than rock.
It is a clear creek.
Wider than ocean, faster than clock.

Above all it is kind,
Jealousy melts like coal.
It brings to Heaven a devoted mind.
It heals a soul.
Iaroslav                                                         Monday 14.12.2009

Thank Thee, Heavenly Father

Thank Thee, Heavenly Father, for all:
For preventing from a fall,
For land and water, day and night,
For all Thy world which is so bright!

Thou gave me a precious gift – my life,
And Thy support is immense.
My house is rife;
In Thee I always find defence!

Thank Thee for loving hearts around.
How reviving is their sound!
Thank Thee for food –
For both, body and soul, it is good.

I know, just words are not sufficient,
But help to my negihbour, good deeds!
And Thou will make us proficient
And send all or even more a human being needs!
Iaroslav                                            Tuesday – Saturday 13-17.11.2007

Wisdom begins with the fear of God

Wisdom begins with the fear of God indeed:
It will help you in studies, work, and every need.

But what does it mean to fear God in the right way?
To cease from doing and freeze? No, but to work hard and to pray.

The fear of the Lord shows itself in doing:
In loving God and with His commandments continuing canoeing;

In helping those who really need,
In giving food to those whom you can feed.

Thank God for all you have and had:
For the happy moments and the ones which were sad.

Because He loves you.
He wants you to be happy and to succeed, oh how much it is true!
Iaroslav                                                         Wednesday 18.03.2015

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

Life of a modern scholar

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What is life of a modern scholar like?
He (let us use masculine for the purpose of convenience)
Gets up, brushes teeth, drinks water, prays, and rides his bike.
He does not start his day with scholarly opinions.

He returns from his workout,
Takes shower, if required,
Has his breakfast, sometimes with sauerkraut.
He does not start work until after meal to avoid being tired.

When the meal is done,
It’s time to tackle tasks;
But for lunch he is gone
To eat, to rest, to prepare to answer whatever his class asks.

When his work (research and classes)
Is done for the day,
He puts away bulbs and weird masses,
He returns home without delay.

He has his dinner before six o’clock.
This meal is lightest, lunch is mid,
Breakfast is heartiest – this rule is like a rock.
He rejoices over what he did.

Besides his usual things,
He goes to a swimming pool twice a week.
He goes to Church on Sunday to share prayer and what the Lord graciously gives.
He makes healthy food, he is meek.

He likes reading books about adventures,
Enjoys spending time with family and friends.
He does charity and other worthy ventures.
At 9pm his day ends.

He goes to bed at this time.
He prays, brushes teeth, washes his face.
This scholar likes wise and harmless rhyme.
Things in life are to be taken at a moderate pace.

Image credit: Chuck Szmurlo (Cszmurlo), “Mount-Yamnuska2-Szmurlo” September 23, 2006, via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY 3.0.
Iaroslav                                                          Thursday 29.10.2015

Make decisions

Decisions are a skill,
Make decisions and get better at it,
Whether they concern your food or bill.
Yes, you will have to apply all your wit.

At first you may make some mistakes,
But let it take what it takes.
Some decisions require a piece of advice.
So, be wise, practice, cut your slice.
Iaroslav                                                          Saturday 24.10.2015

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

Temple of food

There is a temple of food
Right in the centre of a city.
People go there, but it does no good,
It’s a pity.

Only to those it does good
Who go there for minutes, not for good.
Good is in good, not in food.
This is how I would like to conclude.
Iaroslav                                                          Saturday 02.07.2011

Be consistent in good

Be consistent in good:
Do something good all the time!
For our souls, kind things are like food;
So, nourish it well with kind deeds and good rhyme.

Watch what you say,
Be patient when people are rude
‘Cause you have your own way.
Whatever they do, try to do things which are good!
Iaroslav                                                          Thursday 11.12.2014