Thank You!

Oh God Father, thank You
For kind people around!
Thank You for the crystals of life which we call ‘dew’!
Thank You for a forest creek sound!

If not Your gracious support,
I would be in the kingdom of night.
But Your Word is Life, an invincible fort!
You cure my wound, You make my burden light!
Iaroslav                                                    Tuesday 19.08.2011

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Життя у собі гарне

Життя у собі гарне,
Але коли самітнє –
Здається марне,
Не гріє й сонце літнє.

Але з любов’ю,
Життя розквітне;
Додасться здоров’ю,
Життя оживе, стане помітне.

Коли поруч друг,
Сила чотирьох додається.
Легше братись за плуг,
Легше виграється.

Май друга,
Другом будь!
Хай зникне туга,
Хай зміцніє путь!
Iaroslav                                                    Friday 05.02.2010

Любов, весь світ у слові, все життя

Любов, весь світ у слові, все життя,
Освітить шлях, спасе.
Любов – то ціль буття;
Любов до Бога й ближнього понад усе.

В ній справжній сенс, це так,
В прозоро чистій, дивній.
Для серця мудрого – це знак,
Душам вірним щастя в ній.
Iaroslav                                          Sunday – Tuesday 26-28.07.2009

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

Live as if tomorrow never comes

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We tend to live
As if we are here forever.
We keep things forgetting to give;
We tend to be thrifty rather than clever.

But what if tomorrow never comes?
What if God calls us today?
Do we realize to what our life sums?
Therefore, act boldly, remember to love, and pray.

Image credit: Philippe Cabot, “Banff National Park – Lake Herbert” August 9, 2015, via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 4.0.
Iaroslav                                                    Monday 04.09.2017

Rejoice

Rejoice, do not be sad,
You are alive and can achieve so much!
What else to be said?
Be glad for you are a Christian and should be as such.

Be happy and let not your hands go down –
God is with you;
He is Strong to put on you a PhD gown –
Rejoice, God’s love is your support everywhere and always, it’s true.

Not only this, but you love Him truly.
He, be sure, sees this
And will reward you duly.
Rejoice to hit the target and not to miss.
Iaroslav                                                    Saturday 19.08.2017

Je sais que tout va être bien

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Je sais que tout va être bien;
En Dieu je crois.
Alors, qu’est-ce qui peut m’arriver? Rien!
Je le sais, je suis sûr, je vois.

Même le froid le plus fort devient doux.
Notre Père fait autant pour nous…
Autant de victoires;
Il couvre nos têtes de la gloire!

Je Te remercie pour la vie,
Le cadeau le plus généreux.
Merci pour la famille et pour les amis!
Grace à Toi nos cœurs sont heureux!
Iaroslav                                          Friday – Saturday 18-19.01.2008

Your hands do what’s on your heart

Think about good
And this will help.
It will change not only your mood,
But your life, you’ll never yelp.

Still don’t believe?
Try, of course, if you can…
Why would I deceive?
Let peaceful mind build your plan.
Iaroslav                                                    Saturday 07.01.2006

Rejoice in life and live!

Rejoice in life and live!
Praise God and thankful be.
You have so much, believe.
Here is an example: an ant and a bee.

They work with an easy heart,
They are glad they are alive
And are happy about every body part.
Don’t worry, one day all flowers thrive.

You are more than that!
You are man!
God will make your road smooth and flat.
Rejoice, enjoy your fruit and bread with bran!
Iaroslav                                                    Sunday 25.07.2017

Будь ласка, не сумуй!

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Будь ласка, не сумуй!
Хай теперішнім серце живе:
Тишу природи почуй…
Життя щосекунди нове!

За рогом перемога,
Хто шукає, знайде.
Від Бога стежина-дорога;
Правда своє доведе.
Iaroslav                                          Friday – Monday 11-14.09.2009

Рідна мова

Рідна мова – бальзам для душі,
Струмок для вух джерельний,
Для язика – то мед;
Для голови – пірина.

Втомлену душу підкрипить,
Хворе тіло зціляє.
Це – від Бога!
Рідна мова – то життя!
Iaroslav                                                    September 2009

When you have all

When you have all,
When your life is calm,
Remember your God
And you’ll suffer no harm.

Remember those needy,
They are so poor indeed.
Please, be kind,
Deathlike is greed.

To live,
Please, open your heart –
Be happy, do good.
Much depends on your part.
Iaroslav                                                    Saturday 10.10.2009

Great to be alive

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I am not an ace,
But I know how to do things at my pace.
I am not a magician,
But in certain things can beat a mathematician.

I am not rich,
But try to do on time my stitch.
I am doing all right.
It’s a great day to be alive and to enjoy light!
Iaroslav                                                    Sunday 11.10.2015

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

The night has passed

The night has passed,
The day has come
It’s time to act and fast.
No need to be glum.

A new day means a new life.
So, be ready,
Today you’ll have to face a strife.
Smile, be steady!

If something is wrong,
Work toward a change
Because you are strong,
And that is within your range.
Iaroslav                                                    Sunday 04.11.2007

Some moments you want to pass fast

Some moments you want to pass fast.
Black stripe, white stripe…
Some moments you do want to last,
But wait, do not wipe.

All sorts of things make up our life.
In all, it is so good
With every smile, every strife.
It is worth living I can conclude.

Be sorry about nothing:
One moment and the present is the past.
There is no use fussing.
Always ahead, your world is vast!
Iaroslav                                                    Saturday 01.11.2008

Твоє Свято

Життя – великий дар,
Хай що, а ти йди!
Шкода, не може буть без хмар,
Але дощ – не назавжди́.

Твоя посмішка сяє кришталевою росою;
Щире серце знає шлях:
Божий Янгол завжди з тобою,
Навіть в далеких краях.
Iaroslav                                          Thursday – Sunday 10-13.09.2009

Oh that men would praise the Lord

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Praise the Lord for He is Gracious!
He takes your foot out of hardships and puts it in a place which is spacious.
Praise the Lord and sacrifice the sacrifice of thanksgiving!
Let your praise be living!

Image credit: Kurt Stegmüller, “Mount Assiniboine Sunburst Lake” July 31, 2008, via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY 3.0.
Iaroslav                                                    Sunday 03.05.2015

Have you ever seen a sunrise

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Have you ever seen a sunrise
Or the azure above
Which is often called just skies?
Have you ever been in love?

Or haven’t you got time enough?
Vanity of vanities, too much of it
And the sea of life is so rough.
Bustle can so badly hit…

But I don’t say forget all, throw away.
Just let love inside, right into your heart.
Mind your way.
Iaroslav                                                    Saturday 16.09.2006

When do you live?

There is no tomorrow,
No yesterday as well.
Save now in order not to borrow;
Listen to the ringing bell.

Life is signing now.
Putting off a kind deed
Is to pinch your own brow,
It is to refuse an essential need.

By doing good to a neighbour
You do good to yourself first of all.
Good deed for soul is daily bread and labour.
Say “today” in order not to fall.
Iaroslav                                                    Monday 09.02.2009

La vie chante une chanson

La vie chante une chanson,
Ecoute et tu entendras;
A chacun sa façon.
Le bon bientôt viendra.

Quoi qu’on dise, la vie est belle,
De temps en temps dure,
Pleine de sucre, pleine de sel,
Mais bonne en tant que telle!

Tu vas réussir, je te dis
Parce que le soleil est si beau,
Le ciel ne sera pas toujours gris.
Tu vas réussir, j’enlèverai mon chapeau.
Iaroslav                                                    Saturday 07.06.2008

Great to be alive

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It is great to be alive!
I am so happy to see the blueness of the sky,
To contribute to a charitable bottle drive,
And to hear birds singing and to watch them fly.

I have hardships, true,
But as long as I keep on going,
Those can be worked through.
The advice is: keep on glowing.
Iaroslav                                                    Saturday 08.04.2017

When you can, give

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When you can, give.
And you will be given.
Be gracious and thankful and live,
You never know where you will be driven.

What you have, do not hide,
Open your mind, be bright.
Let your life outlook be wide;
Keep your inner spark always in sight!
Iaroslav                                                    Thursday 06.11.2008

Life is good

Life is good
Because it’s a flow.
It is like trees in a wood:
Never the same wherever we go.

Where there is no loss,
There is no gain.
Misfortunes remind about victory’s worth.
No exercises is starvation for brain.

A load is needed to make steel from muscles.
Without work a good gear rustles.
So, life is great forever!
Live and learn, be clever.
Iaroslav                                          Monday – Wednesday 05-07.05.2008

Every day’s a new life

Every day’s a new life,
I can start from the beginning.
A wonderful chance to renew the strife,
The tune will be winning.

Each morning’s a wonder,
Look better around.
What a beauty, even a thunder!
A singing bird… – what a sweet sound!
Iaroslav                                                   Saturday 05.04.2017

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

How wonderful life can become

How wonderful life can become
If you are ready for this.
Your efforts are needed, yes, at least some,
Be willing to win and you will not miss.

This is not just my word,
But mine, of course, too.
Life is sharp, sometimes like a sword,
But much depends upon you!
Iaroslav                                                     Sunday 10.02.2008

Love

Love.
What else?
Like a white dove…
It cures, brings good health.
Real love is a shield for the soul.
In summer it is like a gulp of fresh juice,
In winter it is better than coal.
Love is rich & that’s the truth;
Love is young and mature,
It will win in any strife.
With love we endure.
Love is life!
Iaroslav                                                     Sunday 03.02.2008

This could be a song

Open your heart.
That’s exactly what you need.
And let us be smart.
Sharpen your soul’s trusty reed –
Open your heart.

Just let some love inside
And it will live and succeed
Flowering with happiness by side.
It’ll be your shield in court, it’ll plead.

Love does not beg, but gives;
Has noting, but is rich;
A real love never dies, but lives.
Love is the treasure available for each.
Iaroslav                                                     Saturday 18.02.2006

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

Keep your dreams alive

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Keep your dreams alive,
Cherish them in spite of all.
However long is the drive,
Listen to your heart’s call.

Image credit: Veronika Ronkos, “Moose mother with calf” July 20, 2011, via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 3.0.
Iaroslav                                                     Monday 17.05.2010

What for are you asking ‘why’

What for are you asking ‘why’?
You’d better ask ‘how’.
Spread your mind and fly.
You can improve the things right now.

Life is too short to look back.
Of course, you can moan and yelp,
But unique is your track.
Love and confidence will endure and help.
Iaroslav                                                     Friday 02.01.2009

Люби добро понад усе

Люби добро понад усе
І ближньому чини як хочеш сам для себе.
Нехай твоє життя це світло пронесе.
Нехай добро полюбить тебе.
Iaroslav                                                     Sunday 02.02.2014

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 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.

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

До Пресвятої Богородиці

20160504_175632Присвята Богородице, дякую Тобі за приклад:
“Я ж Господня раба,” Ти сказала;
І таким Твого життя є виклад:
Все життя Ти Богу щиро віддала.

Бог Тебе забрав до Себе коли Ти заснула –
Ти разом із Ним перебуваєш
І нашу щиру молитву до Тебе завжди чуєш і чула
І від бід і скорбот нас визволяєш.

Дякую Тобі, Пресвята Богородице, за молитви неперестанні,
За велику любов і допомогу,
За настанови Твої вечірні і ранні,
За те, що наші прохання, скорботи приносиш Богу.
Iaroslav                                                        Sunday 02.10.2016

Sincere smile

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Sincere smile, how much it means!
It is like bread and oil, beans
For a hungry soul.
For a fan it is a goal.

Just smile and improve the world around.
The birds are singing, what a sound!
The past is past, we live in the present.
Your smiling face is so pleasant!

Your smile is a cure for others,
It does support your brothers.
Be yourself, it is worthwhile.
How much it means, sincere smile!
Iaroslav                                                        Friday 12.12.2008

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

Do not be afraid to bestow

Do not be afraid to bestow,
What you give, you get back,
The miser’s pocket cannot bestow,
But a kind heart will never lack.

Never take pride,
Only God knows what’s ahead;
The good is on your side;
Don’t be proud, better wise instead.

Do not be shy to help
‘Cause life is like a running stream,
I hope you’ll never yelp
And never be deaf to a scream.
Iaroslav                                                        Friday 26.11.2004

Whatever happens, keep on believing

Whatever happens, keep on believing.
Think, how much you can indeed,
You’re as vigorous as a living seed.
Problems are nothing more than deceiving.

Whatever happens, believe.
Everything will be all right.
Be slow to quit, to leave,
You’ll enjoy the sight.

Whatever happens, believe –
It’s never too late to improve, to retrieve.
A race is won by racing,
A problem is solved by facing.
Iaroslav                                                        Sunday 24.09.2006

I’m not alone

DSCN9652Though all seems out of order,
And no one’s willing to help,
I’m not alone on the border,
I am not going to yelp.

When no one seems to understand,
All the same I’m not alone.
No matter in air, at sea or on land,
I’ll be strong as a stone.

Because God gives support.
What can be better in life?
Making me an invincible fort,
He crowns me with wisdom for strife.
Iaroslav                                                        Saturday 12.07.2008

To forgive

When I do wrong, I ask to forgive.
The Father and people always do and so I happily live.
But how often, how easy do I pardon in turn?
I have so much to learn…

I am aching for a change,
I believe I am able to arrange.
I only pray for being sage,
I do need wisdom which never knows rage.

But first of all I want to thank.
People are kind to me who has neither much money nor a high rank.
Thank Thee, Father, for all,
Especially for love, Thou hear every call!
Iaroslav                                                        Sunday 15.07.2007

Що більше живу, то ясніше розумію

Що більше живу, то ясніше розумію:
Це життя – надзвичайно коротке,
Часом трохи гірке, часом солодке.
Та вирішувати нам як влаштувати цю дію.

Всякій людині кілька стежок відкрито,
Кожен сам свою цеглу кладе.
Одних мудрість Божа веде,
Для інших майбутнє занадто розмите.

Життя – у швидкоплинній миті.
Та важливо хибні кроки визнавати,
Щоб піднятися і йти, а не стогнати;
До мудрості двері завжди відкриті.
Iaroslav                                                        Saturday 09.04.2005

Life is too short

Life is too short
To be sorry about little things.
Ahead there is a reward
With wind blowing up your wings…

Night does not last forever,
Darkness is followed by light.
You can achieve, you are clever!
Look around, what a wonderful sight!
Iaroslav                                                         Tuesday 14.04.2009

Разом ми покажемо силу

Разом ми покажемо силу,
А поодинці – слабкіші.
Інші будуть даватися диву,
Якщо вгодно буде Богові і Він поставить нас вище.

Не забуваймо Бога і тоді
Щоб наші подовжились дні,
Щоб у злагоді жити,
Щоб всякого ближнього любити!

Отже, разом ставаймо;
Разом Богові співаймо.
Подяку щиру складаймо,
Разом добром зло перемагаймо!
Iaroslav                                                         February 2012

On Easter

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Easter! What a fine day!
No one’s gloom will stay.
Today no place for fear!

Life has won!
Today forget problems, have fun.
Thank Thee Father for all!
Thou saved us from a terrible fall.

Hallowed be Your Name!
Thou crown people with fame.
Easter! And life rejoices forever!
Thou make us happy and clever.
Iaroslav                                                         Saturday 18.04.2016

Радій життю, радій

Радій життю, радій.
Хай що, живи!
Бороти тугу вмій,
Світло миті лови.

Доки існуєш люби:
Любов є сила.
Хай що, добро роби;
Умій розкрити крила.
Iaroslav                                                         Monday 03.05.2010

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

Live your life as if tomorrow would never come

Live your life as if tomorrow would never come:
Do good, be aware of harm;
Make peace with all and those you love,
For your enemy – pick up his glove.

For we never know
If the number of our years will be high or low.
So, let’s be prepared today –
Let your kindness show up without delay…
Iaroslav                                                         Sunday 06.11.2011

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

Боже, я дякую Тобі

Боже, я дякую Тобі
За людей, що дають не лишаючи собі;
За доброту ближніх;
За тих, кого світ визнав за нижніх!

Заради них варто жити,
Вони – ті, які не забули, як любити.
Заради них варто світ кращим робити –
Заради них варто добро творити!
Iaroslav                                                          Friday 19.02.2011

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

Love God with a sincere heart

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Be happy and love God with a sincere heart,
He is your Friend Who will never depart.
Love also your neighbour, friend,
Be truthful, let your sober account on him never depend.

Love yourself in a smart way:
Not to stuck more chocolate in your face,
But to improve your body and soul,
To make with God’s help your life truly whole!

Image credit: Tony Webster, “Banff National Park Landscape (17081399222)” July 9, 2004, via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY 2.0.
Iaroslav                                                         August 2014

Слав Бога в слові й ділі

Слав Бога у серця простоті,
Як можеш, так молись,
В душевній чистоті,
Щоб “Отче наш” та інші молитви лились.

Хай в слові, хай і в ділі
Станеш ти Його хвалити.
І хай благословишся ти в життєвій цілі,
Хай будеш щиро ти Його любити.

Із вірою твоя хвала спасе,
А ще твоє життя то буде приклад.
Шукай добра понад усе,
І хай життя простеньким буде виклад.
Iaroslav                                            Sunday – Monday 21-22.11.2010

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

Agir

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Je ne suis pas fatigué,
Au contraire, je suis prêt à travailler.
Etre actif et agir!
Ne pas être passif, c’est-à-dire.

Sauter, inventer, c’est comme ça,
C’est le mode de vie pour moi.
Je ne vais pas dormir toute la journée,
A quoi bon je dois me tourner?

Un instant et c’est tout:
Rien à changer et des problèmes partout.
Donc, je ne vais pas tarder,
Mais agir et pas hésiter!

Image credit: Cephas, “Falco columbarius PP” July 30, 2011, via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 3.0.
Iaroslav                                                         Sunday 30.04.2006

Thank Thee Father for the exam

Thank Thee Father for the exam.
Thy help is a protective slam.
This exam, Thou passed it for me,
If Thou art close, I will never flee.

With Thee is the life,
I will stand in a strife.
Thank Thee for Thy precious support
Which is more than the best unassailable fort!

Thou give comfort, good luck,
In no bog I will be stuck;
Thou art with me,
Thy support makes us free!
Iaroslav                                            Friday – Sunday 21-23.12.2007

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

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

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

Every day is a new life

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Every day is a new life
And we live, we say, and we run as if in a strife.
But there are things which are minor,
They will disappear on the horizon like a liner.

There are things which are essential,
They must be treated in a way which is differential.
Minor matters draw to the earth and lower in fact;
Essential things require patience and tact.

What’s the difference you say?
Watch and you will see as clear as day:
The award for the minor things is none,
The award for essential ones is blessing with every new dawn.

Image credit: Shawn, “Looking down the Banff Airstrip (3709530211)” July 11, 2009, via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 2.0.
Iaroslav                                                          Sunday 14.10.2007

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 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 paths of life:
At work, at school, with husband or wife.
Iaroslav                                            Sunday – Thursday 24-28.05.2015

For driving

When you drive, drive in a way which is safe and sure.
If unsure, don’t go.
You will save a life, the baby will enjoy the sky azure.
Your payments on your car will be so low.

When you use your car, make safe your drive.
It happens that out of nowhere cars and people dive,
But you be cautious at all times
With yourself and others to save precious lives.
Iaroslav                                                          Friday 21.08.2015

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

Friendship, family, duty, and love

First do important things
And other things will follow.
This will help spread your wings,
Your house will not be hollow.

Wrap up important ends;
And live with love.
Remember your duty and friends
And you will earn a peace dove.
Iaroslav                                                          Thursday 02.06.2011

Make me hear Your lovingkindness in the morning

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Make me hear Your lovingkindness in the morning
For I trust in You each day.
Make me know the way I should go in life and learning
For I lift up my soul to You and pray.
Iaroslav                                                          Sunday 01.08.2015

Хай жива вода тече

Роби добро й до нього йди.
Будь досконалим, як Бог твій є.
Тихо стій в добрі завжди.
Хай з джерела жива вода тече.
Iaroslav                                                                      August, 2011

 

When I forget to be kind

When I forget to be kind,
Kind things forget me too.
A heart dies when it is blind.
Let love remain with you.

Love fills in our life.
Love – so much in the word!
To carry on in any strife…
Love saves the world.
Iaroslav                                                          Saturday 30.10.2010

Lord, You are the Same

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Oh Lord, You are the Same.
You are still with us, You still cure;
You can still heal a person who is lame.
When we travel, You make our way secure.

Oh Lord, You are the Same.
Your Love is so Pure, so Deep.
You help us achieve any good aim.
You still care for Your sheep.

How great Your deeds are in our lives!
You help us cope with all.
You are beside, however deep man dives.
Oh Lord, save us all, rich and poor, big and small.

When I pray, I know You hear my prayer
Because You are the Same.
You are with us, with a jobless and a mayor.
You hear all who call upon Your Name.
Iaroslav                                                          Saturday 11.07.2015

Love is a distant star

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Love is a distant star:
It guides us home wherever we are.
Start doing things with love truly –
May God help you to live fully!

Image credit: Cephas, “Empidonax minimus CT” May 12, 2012, via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 3.0.
Iaroslav                                                          Tuesday 31.03.2015

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