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.
Prayer, charity, kind deed that lasts a while,
Peaceful mind… Have time to stop and think.
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Iaroslav Wednesday 20.12.2017
All that I have, I owe to God:
My teeth, my eyes, my feet.
He raises me from every fall;
He nourishes me with fruit and wheat.
Peace and freedom are given by Him.
He strengthens me with a prayer!
His love and support for us never cease!
All that I have, I have by His care.
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Iaroslav Sunday 16.11.2014
Love peace and cling to it,
But be ready that some may search for war.
This desire of theirs is a pit.
They will lose, they won’t even get a draw.
Pray for yourself, your family, and neighbour,
Pray for love and peace, but be ready
That some may despise your labour.
In all trust in God Who makes us steady.
And let your Christian banner float, whether you work or dine.
Let your simple light shine!
Have salt in yourself and have love.
You long for peace and you will see the peace dove.
Iaroslav Tuesday 17.02.2015
How rich we are;
How happy we could be;
Our friendship could be as a sparkling star.
Why do we refuse to see?
We have legs and hands, ears and eyes as well…
Isn’t it enough to form a world-wide community;
Isn’t it enough to help those who fell?
Power is in our unity.
All the world’s gold
Isn’t worth a child’s wound or cry.
Peace! How many times we were told!
But tomorrow may be to late to try.
Iaroslav Saturday 23.04.2005
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
Love God and seek blessing
And it will cling to you.
If you do something wrong, be swift on confessing:
We all need to renew,
There is no shame in it.
Love peace and it will come to you.
To make progress use your wit.
Oh, how much it is true!
Iaroslav Sunday 2014
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
If God has pronounced against a nation,
But these people repent:
God will spare this population;
To them, an angel of peace and health will be sent.
If God’s people, who are elect,
Have gone astray,
God will see and detect:
He will punish unless they go back to the righteous way.
Iaroslav Pascha Sunday 12.04.2015
Avoid war by all means;
In it no one wins.
Shame is on those who unleash wars,
Who lie and break laws.
Repent and seek peace
Or vanish with all yours to the last piece.
Pray, may God help you find the way.
Believe there is a chance for you whatever they say.
Iaroslav Sunday 14.09.2014
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.
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Iaroslav Sunday 06.08.2006
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.
Дуже ж поважний – можливо.
Щирість кожного собі розтлумачить,
Чиста любов, проста радість – як це важливо!
Iaroslav Wednesday 07.01.2009
To act upon consideration
Involves patience and confidence without hesitation.
This lays the way to success in all.
Wisdom will make peaceful your station.
You will have no call.
Patience will save you from a fall.
Wisdom… The whole world is in this word,
It can heal, it can fly, it can crawl!
Iaroslav Sunday 02.03.2008
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
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
If you want to win, fight a peaceful fight
For your and your children’s future to be bright!
I know, this is hard,
But have faith in God and be en garde*!
Just a little more and the day of victory will come!
Be en garde, no need for rum,
Ahead, without despair, my friend!
You will enjoy victory in the end!
* French for “on guard”.
Iaroslav Sunday 23.12.2012
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
They gave their lives
That we may enjoy the things we like.
Due to them peace thrives;
Without fear I can ride my bike.
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.
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Iaroslav Wednesday 11.11.2015
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
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
He will not suffer your foot to be moved,
He will help all your affairs get improved.
God That keeps you will not slumber.
He multiplies your posterity without number.
The sun will not smite you by day, nor the moon by night.
He sends success, peace, and might.
Glory to God now and forever!
Live your faith and be clever!
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Iaroslav Tuesday 09.06.2015