Students

Students work hard,
But they work with hope
And in order not to be caught off guard.
As many assignments as given by profs, they cope.

However difficult, students keep on going
Because they know that their reward is awaiting –
For now, they have to be rowing.
God knows what good things in the future they will be contemplating!
Iaroslav                                                    Sunday 20.10.2013

Whatever happens, stick together

Whatever happens, stick together,
In a bad storm and in good weather,
To overcome all misfortunes;
You will feel like a feather.

Supposing, you fall – you’ll get a support,
Each of you will stand like a fort!
He, who’ll try to defeat you, will lose.
You’ll be like a glorious caravel which enters a port.

Whatever you plan, you will do
‘Cause on God your hopes will be fixed by both of you.
Love is your shield,
You are protected from burning arrows, it’s true.

Beauty decays, love never ends.
Rudeness destroys, a kind word mends.
Stick together, good friends!
Iaroslav                                          Tuesday – Friday 19-22.02.2008

What is going on around?

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What is going on around?
Life is rushing by.
I can hear its sound,
It’s like being in a field of rye.

I live and discover,
I’ve been wrong about so many things.
But God always helps me to recover
Giving me hope and invisible wings.

I don’t know
What will happen in a day:
Perhaps it’ll be sunny, perhaps, it will snow.
How important it is to be sure on the way!

Image credit: Jack Borno, “Moraine Creek – panoramio (2)” July 4, 2012, via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 3.0.
Iaroslav                                          Monday –Tuesday 18-19.12.2006

Я зрозумів дещо важливе

Я зрозумів дещо важливе:
If we can’t as we would,
We must do as we can;
У моїх руках майбутнє щасливе.

Зараз як ніколи важко,
Та я сам ладен усе владнати,
І силу і розум я повинен поєднати.
Сподіваюся… З допомогою Божою не буде надто тяжко.
Iaroslav                                                    Saturday 07.06.2008

Life is new

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Life is new,
Life is fresh,
Life is undescribable!

Every morning brings new life,
I wake up and live anew.
I am brave to face a strife,
I am glad to see the dew.

One morning -> one more hope,
I am so lucky to live,
Friendship and love are in scope,
We will win, I believe.

Thank You Father for life!

Image credit: Dr. Raju Kasambe, “Canada goose Branta canadensis (4)” April 3, 2011, via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 3.0.
Iaroslav                                                    Saturday 06.03.2010

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

Let Christmas light up souls

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Let Christmas light up souls,
It’s time for a merry song!
All people are together just having their own roles.
Love will last forever and more and it isn’t long.

So, smile and join your hands
Forgive all you couldn’t before.
Your heart is longing to see new kind lands,
How much good your soul does store!

Christmas is coming,
What a bright Day!
Children are joyfully running,
All can come true for those who hopefully pray!

‘Merry Christmas!’, we say
And it is indeed!
On God our hopes we lay,
So, why to worry, there is no need!

Image credit: Crispin, Alfred Trevor Crispin, Alfred Trevor, Mrs R. Clay, Sons, and Taylor Macmillan & Co, “A Christmas carol” c. 1873s, via flickr, No known copyright restrictions.
Iaroslav                                                      Sunday 24.12.2006

What is my destination?

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What is my destination?
That’s the question I should ask.
Have I mistaken my vocation?
Will I be able to solve the task?

I just live my short life
Trying to hope for the best,
It’s like a strife
And I should work with zest.

All the above is right,
But sometimes I feel wrong,
Now I know my belief should be bright
And also hope and love; and they all life-long.

Iaroslav                                                      Saturday 11.12.2004
Image credit: Xiao23, “Banff Springs Hotel 01” July 9, 2012, via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 3.0.

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

Reveal your way to the Lord and be sincere

Reveal your way to the Lord and be sincere.
Hope in God and He will listen and attend to your need.
Trust in Him whether you go far or near.
Be courageous, take heed.
Iaroslav                                                         June 2016

Why are you upset

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Why are you upset?
Every sunrise and every sunset
Bring hope.
Have courage, it’s just a slope.

A rise will follow,
Keep on trying, dear fellow.
Keep your chin up and kind your heart.
Keep your head smart!
Iaroslav                                                         Friday 08.05.2015

Easter

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Easter is knocking at doors.
What a wonderful day!
We can open hearts’ stores!
It’s a day of love, of the hopeful ray!

Death will always lose.
It will never own.
Let a winning hymn make a cruise!
How high our song has flown!

Our prayers are heard!
You are not alone.
God takes care even about a bird!
Smile! Believe, you won’t knock against a stone.

Iaroslav                                            Saturday – Monday 22-24.04.2006
(Easter: Sunday April 23, 2006)

We may get upset

We may get upset
Because something doesn’t happen as we have set.
We tend to give up
Or to pretend it was not our tea cup.

We tend to forget when we get a lime
That all happens in God’s time.
So, let’s proceed with hope
That with His help we will achieve, we will cope!
Iaroslav                                                         Wednesday 10.02.2016

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

Дякую

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Все, що маю Богу зобов’язаний я:
Воля, мир, здоров’я, життя
Дякую, Боже, за спасіння надію, підтримку родини;
Дякую, що дав перемогу у нелегкі години.

Благослови, Господи Боже, Твого раба по всі дні,
Щоб ходити Твоїми шляхами мені.
Дякую, Боже, що перемагає любов!
Дякую, Боже, за підтримку знову і знов!
Iaroslav                                                                      November, 2014

I hope you’ll never lose the sense of wonder

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I hope you’ll never lose the sense of wonder –
After a lot of rain and thunder –
You will remember to hope
And believe that with God’s help, somehow you’ll cope.

I hope you will sing –
Without being afraid of what kind of thing
People will think or say –
Because you are like a sun ray.

I hope you will dance –
Without being afraid of giving a chance
Of saying that you are awkward or old –
Let the joyful child in you always live, let your heart never become stone-cold.
Iaroslav                                                          Thursday 16.07.2015

Якщо у житті не гладко все

Якщо у житті не гладко все,
Не хвилюйся, не сердися:
Те, що було, минуле все далі і далі несе,
З надією на це дивися!

Хай серце палає любов’ю,
Хай розум працює кмітливо,
Хай дієта сприяє здоров’ю!
Рухатись далі – дуже важливо
Iaroslav                                                          Sunday 07.09.2014

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

Життя – це великий дар

Життя – це великий дар,
Не варто про це забувати
І тільки Господь може ним наділяти;
Життя наповнює все від моря до хмар.

Але той, хто його має
Розпорядитися ним правильно мусить,
Найвищої мудрості життя вимагає
І розумний для початку язика закусить.

Не варто життя марнувати,
Його треба цінити, сміливіше крокувати.
Кожен сам все зважить, але час швидко спливає,
Укріпиться той у житті, хто надію на Бога покладає.
Iaroslav                                                          Tuesday 07.08.2004