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Prayer for November
We pray that all may collaborate in service to the most vulnerable members of society.
May God protect our residents and all who serve here and guide us as we carry out the special work of LITTLE EDEN.
We pray for success and guidance during the promotion of the cause for the canonisation as a couple, of Danny & Domitilla Hyams, the founders of LITTLE EDEN Society.
Daily prayer for LITTLE EDEN
Jesus, Great Harvester, who desires the salvation of all mankind, accept the offering of my life and work in assisting You to help garner the fields for the harvest. Teach me compassion, understanding and love for those most in need. Bless our Association; strengthen the bonds of love and charity amongst us, so that with hearts united we may say “Thy kingdom come”. Mary, comfort of the afflicted, pray for us.
Use this prayer for private devotions to request special intentions, favours, healings, requests or miracles through the intervention of Domitilla and Danny, whom we believe are in the presence of Our Lord in heaven.
We believe, they are able to act as our intercessors, placing our requests before the Lord. Since we knew them when they were alive, we have a direct connection in requesting them to act as our intermediaries with Our Lord.
Lord God and Father,
inspired by the example of the power of prayer
in the lives of Domitilla and Danny,
in whih they lived the Christian virtues of
Faith, Hope and Charity,
and through the example of their lives of Christian service
to our neighbours with intellectual disabilitities,
confidently and humbly we beg through their intercession
(state the request)
if this be your sovereign will, through our Lord Jesus Christ,
your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit
one God, for ever and ever.
Those who obtain favours through the intercession of Domitilla and Danny Hyams are asked to notify the Postulator of their Cause at email@example.com or Postulator, PO Box 121 Edenvale 1610 South Africa.
Harvesters of Jesus November
The wonders of the world
Our residents will soon share their abilities and new skills with LITTLE EDEN supporters through their annual Christmas Concerts: (Edenvale Home: Fri 15 & Sat 16 November and Bapsfontein Home: Fri 22 & Sat 23 November at 10am)
The theme this year is “The wonders of the world”. The Great Wall of China, Taj Mahal, Great Pyramid of Giza and others will be creatively merged into the traditional Christmas nativity scenes. Come prepared, usually there is not a dry eye in the room by the time the curtains draw closed!
Here at LITTLE EDEN we never have to look far to witness what we consider to be a greatest wonder of the world, our precious angels! It is magical how each one bears testimony to being indeed God’s creation and that they are here for a reason.
I think of little Keketso whose brain scan, as a two-year-old, showed that she has almost no brain and was not expected to live long. Today, she is 11 years old. She can push her own wheelchair, feed herself and keep staff busy all day as she enjoys crawling around and disturbing any sign of peace in the room! And what about Joseph, a new born who was found abandoned in the veld? Today he is a handsome 22-year-old young man who enjoys helping staff in the kitchen with dishes. There is also Shaun who was not about to let his disabled arms restrict him, he taught himself how to move his wheelchair around using his feet! Speaking of feet, Leslie can draw a beautiful card, play drums and even shake “hands” using his feet! Nomfundo is unable to speak but sings like an angel…perfectly memorising and pronouncing every word!
If we were to write a book about the jaw dropping stories that we witness here on a daily basis, it would be impressive! We are constantly inspired to try harder and to be appreciative of what we have.
Inspiration is often within reach!
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Prayer of St Francis of Assisi
(the LITTLE EDEN prayer)
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love.
Where there is injury, let me sow pardon.
Where there is discord, let me sow harmony.
O Divine Master
grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled, as to console,
to be understood, as to understand,
to be loved, as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive;
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.
Heaven’s special child
A meeting was held quite far from Earth
It’s time again for another birth,
Said the Angels to the Lord above –
This special child will need much love.
His progress may seem very slow,
Accomplishments he may not show,
And he’ll require much extra care
From all the the folk he meets down there.
He may not run or laugh of play,
His thoughts may seem quite far away.
In many ways he won’t adapt
And he’ll be known as handicapped.
So let’s be careful where he’s sent,
We want his life to be content.
Please Lord, find people whoWill do a special job for you.
They will not realise right away
The leading role they’re asked to play.
But with this child sent from above
Comes stronger faith and richer love.
And soon they’ll know the privilege given
In caring for a gift from heaven.
Beatitudes for friends of handicapped people
Blessed are those who take time to listen to our difficult speech,
For you help us to know that if we persevere, we can be understood.
Blessed are those who walk with us in public places and ignore the stares of strangers,
For in your companionship we find a haven of relaxation.
Blessed are those who encourage us to take up new challenges,
For our failures are outweighed by the times we surprise ourselves and you.
Blessed are those who think of us as people who love, and hurt, and feel joy and pain just like you do,
For in that respect we are normal.