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
Love is the key
To the Kingdom of God truly.
It sets you free,
It makes you grow fully.
Love disperses fear;
Love wipes off every tear.
It cures hurt,
It builds rapport.
Love your neighbour,
Let it be small, but sincere.
Let your way be known far and near,
May both of you succeed in your labour.
If you want to enter the Kingdom ever,
Have love in stock;
In your kind deeds, be clever;
Love the Pastor and love the flock.
Iaroslav Monday 09.10.2017
Smile and let your neighbour smile in return,
Let your smile help shine the way.
However much you need to learn,
Let your smile brighten the day!
Image credit: Unknown, “Adventure-Clouds-Conifers-Daylight-350418” June 20, 2016, via Wikimedia Commons, CC0 1.0.
Iaroslav Tuesday 03.10.2017
Життя у собі гарне,
Але коли самітнє –
Не гріє й сонце літнє.
Але з любов’ю,
Життя оживе, стане помітне.
Коли поруч друг,
Сила чотирьох додається.
Легше братись за плуг,
Хай зникне туга,
Хай зміцніє путь!
Iaroslav Friday 05.02.2010
Why trying to be kind if I’m silly?
And all my ways are hilly…
I want to help, but often do worse indeed.
What shall I do? What do I need?
I know, the answer’s not far,
But how it’s difficult to see the right star.
Father, help me, please.
I do need wisdom, only Thou can give the keys.
Iaroslav Sunday 27.08.2006
Remain your kind self in any situation:
In an airport, at home,
At school, at work, during a presentation;
From Tivoli all the way east to Rome!
Iaroslav Thursday 10.08.2017
Будь ласка, не сумуй!
Хай теперішнім серце живе:
Тишу природи почуй…
Життя щосекунди нове!
За рогом перемога,
Хто шукає, знайдé.
Від Бога стежина-дорога;
Правда своє доведе.
Iaroslav Friday – Monday 11-14.09.2009
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
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
There is no time for hesitation,
Choose your way and go.
There is no time for hesitation,
Choose your boat and row.
Soon you will see the sun appear
And it will lighten your way.
Kind Heart, your luck is near,
The night retreats, you will enjoy the day!
What for to look back?
Every step draws nearer your wonderful aim.
You will forget about lack.
You will win though the world is never the same.
Be confident, act;
Your garden will thrive!
Your shield is good tact.
Wisdom is with you wherever you drive.
Iaroslav Thursday 13.11.2008
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
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!
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Iaroslav October 2014
Be slave to God and not to men.
Fear God on all your ways.
Be not afraid of people now or then.
May God prolong your days!
May they be filled with health and joy!
Fear God and not men to achieve your goal:
You have a smart head, employ!
Keep straight your back and sound your soul!
Iaroslav October 2014
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
Never give up the fight.
Keep on doing wise and kind things.
Your words and deeds can be like salt and light.
Only God knows what the future brings,
But you keep on rowing!
Whatever they say,
Keep on going!
With God’s help you will succeed on your way!
Iaroslav Tuesday 01.11.2014
Love is a distant star.
When we are going close or far,
It helps us find the way.
Have love in yourself and pray!
Iaroslav Saturday 18.04.2015
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
Shine your way –
Hard or light –
Have courage to say:
“You are so bright!”
But saying is insufficient –
Believe if you want all to be efficient.
Be of good cheer!
Share the things that are dear!
Image credit: Jonathan Mueller, “Lake Agnes, Banff NP Alberta Canada” July 24, 2011, via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY 2.0.
Iaroslav Sunday 12.02.2017
Time is sly indeed,
It’s moving faster day after day.
Who knows what I need?
What shall I say?
Anyway, never stop rowing,
Keeping heart open;
Never being afraid of bestowing.
That is the only way in order not to feel broken.
What for to put off till tomorrow
A kind smile, a good deed?
Retardation leads to sorrow.
Time is sly indeed.
Iaroslav Tuesday – Wednesday 12-13.12.2006
Praise God with a grateful heart.
Let your praise, both big and small be sincere.
Have time to say “Thank You” to Him whether you go far or near.
God will make a way, continue doing your part.
Iaroslav Thursday 04.08.2016
Let your light smile shine the way.
Let your kind words make the day.
Be your gentle self everywhere
Because you love, because you care.
Image credit: Isruma, “Moraine Lake July-2001” July 20, 2011, via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY 3.0.
Iaroslav Friday 14.10.2016
Be happy – the shortest and the only way is Christ.
Direct your ways to Him in all:
At home, at work, at leisure…
Let your kind deeds be filled with pleasure.
Keep Him in sight in winter, spring, summer, and fall.
Praise Him as if tomorrow may never come –
Say those kind words, do kind deeds, keep calm.
Iaroslav Tuesday 04.10.2016
Image credit: Tony Webster, “Banff (15622533278)” July 9, 2004, via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY 2.0.
God will make a way.
Believe as much as you can!
For the things you need – pray.
To give best things to you is His plan.
Image credit: Cephas, “RJC1 PJC” August, 2010, via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 3.0.
Iaroslav Sunday 07.08.2016
By being passive, you learn to lose.
How easy it is just to snooze:
No struggle, no run, no winning bell…
It’s only then that you will regret, “I could have won, but fell”.
So watch where you go
While it’s not too late, while you can row.
There are two ways, it’s up to you to choose:
Either to win or to lose.
Iaroslav Monday 06.03.2006
When did you last admire the sky,
Green grass, and strong trees?
This is amazing, try!
You are required no fees.
How often do you look far away?
Ask yourself. The question is why.
What for to leave when you want to stay?
What for to cut your wings if you can fly?
Vanity is nothing,
Money is only a means.
Look at those who are constantly fussing.
Already old being in their teens!
But we still have a chance.
Your time hasn’t yet slept away.
Always moving like in a dance…
What is there ahead in your way?
Iaroslav Wednesday 01.08.2007
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
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
Be courageous in a lot of ways.
Let your heart be strengthened,
All you who hope in the Lord all days.
Love Him for your years to be lengthened.
Be also harmless and smart;
God helps those who help themselves too.
Make wise and prompt your start.
Do your part, God will do His to help you break through.
Iaroslav Sunday 12.06.2016
Have you ever thought
That there are saints among us?
In the street, in Church, at school, at work, on a bus?
Maybe, when you forgot
To lock your car,
They were there for you.
They went the way all the way through.
They cared whether you were close or far.
They looked after your baby.
They fed your dog.
They protected against a rogue.
They did not read your mind, maybe,
But they prayed for you every day.
I know, somebody hurt us in the past –
Now for seeing good stuff we are not fast,
But let’s keep our hearts open June through May.
Image credit: Keith, “Canada Goose Turning Right” March 27, 2010, via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY 2.0.
Iaroslav Monday 18.04.2016
Fresh air, physical + thinking exercises, and water
Are some of the things that help maintain health and stay sharp.
These things are good for you, your wife, your son and daughter.
Implement to feel like fish in water, like a carp.
Another thing is sufficient sleep.
Use it to stay active during the day,
To be able to think in a way which is deep,
To have strength to prepare more hay.
Iaroslav Saturday 20.02.2016
When we speak about love which is true,
We should also mention respect all the way through.
Suffering and sacrifice can mingle too,
But also a lot of happiness and – in terms of mood – more pink than blue.
Iaroslav Wednesday 10.02.2016
I have been running from believing,
Trying to find happiness elsewhere
Losing things instead of receiving
And found happiness nowhere.
The more I live, the more I see –
There is one way:
Up and it is free;
To choose love in all situations, to pray.
Image credit: Benefactor123, “Alberta – Lake Louise – Lake view 01” September 16, 2008, via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY 3.0.
Iaroslav Saturday 28.11.2015
Everybody needs time to be alone:
Without friends, without noise, without a phone.
Everybody needs time to pray –
To speak with God, to reflect on His way.
Iaroslav Sunday 11.10.2015
Have you ever felt really bad
When you’re all fingers and thumbs and look so sad?
I think you have, perhaps not once.
Perhaps you even asked God to help you not to lose your chance.
It’s very good when you believe;
This opens the door to wisdom which you receive.
Never forget to thank for what you’ve got.
Look at paupers, think carefully – you have a lot.
Have you ever had bright moments in life
When the sky is clear and you want to fife?..
Be thankful to score your goal!
Ask God to show the way and to save your soul.
Iaroslav Monday 11.07.2005
Our environment is our home.
Nature is fragile and needs protection.
We get food and all we need under its dome,
But today it is in a state which requires a decisive action.
Wars, transportation, air pollution,
These things require a wise solution.
Man is a reason-endowed creature, not a dumb vulture.
First we need to control our appetite,
Then we should develop alternative ways –
Each of us can make his/her impact light.
We should act fast – within hours, not within days.
Iaroslav Saturday 12.09.2015
Shine your way,
Do good things whatever they say!
Have salt in yourself and have light,
Make your chemin* bright!
Rely on God and go!
In terms of helping people are slow.
You are beautiful, strong, and smart.
With God’s help you will achieve all, just do your part!
* French for “way”.
Iaroslav Monday 22.12.2014
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
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
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
Bless the Lord, all you His servants
Bless the Lord, all you who come to Church,
Who spend your time in constant search
Of His Love and Way!
Bless the Lord when you do, when you speak, when you pray!
Iaroslav Tuesday 14.07.2015
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
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
Blessed is everyone who fears the Lord in his and her heart,
Who walks in His way in full, not in part.
Their children will be like olive plants around table.
If both husband and wife fear God, their marriage will be stable.
Iaroslav Tuesday 30.06.2015
Give me just a little smile,
You have your own beautiful style.
Whatever it is, it will soon pass.
Cheer up, look at the greenness of grass.
You have an amazing head;
Not relying on force, you use it instead.
You are beautiful and strong in your way!
Be wise and harmless whatever they say!
Iaroslav Saturday 23.05.2015
Love God on all your ways
For you don’t know the length of your days.
Do not put it off till tomorrow.
There aren’t too many things to follow:
Love God with all your mind, strength, and heart.
And love your neighbour as yourself, it’s not a complex art.
Your heart will prompt where to start.
Keep your shoulders straight, your head is so smart!
Iaroslav Thursday 11.09.2014
Love love and seek it at home, at work, and everywhere,
And it will yield its fruit you won’t know where.
It will cling to you
As if you were covered with glue!
Love love and you will find!
If someone does not understand, never mind;
Smile and keep your way ahead.
May God’s love protect you from your feet to the head!
Iaroslav Saturday 30.08.2014