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Prayer for July

We pray for the spirit of serving and philanthropy to be part of our lives always. 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.

Harvesters of Jesus July
It is in giving that we receive”

The recent request by His Grace, Archbishop Buti Tlhagale OMI for an investigation to be opened to initiate the Process of Beatification for the founders of LITTLE EDEN Society, Danny and Domitilla Hyams, resulted in a bus load trip of LITTLE EDEN staff to Venda (Limpopo) to visit the memorial site of Blessed Benedict Daswa. The aim of the visit was to give the staff of LITTLE EDEN an appreciation and understanding of what this process means to the Society and to the world at large.

What made this trip extra special were pupils from the local primary schools whom we saw along the way as we visited the various sights. Some waved enthusiastically as we drove past.

At lunch time, outside the Church of Our Lady of the Assumption, Nweli, a small group of boys from Nweli Primary School stood across the dirt road to observe. We soon invited them to join us. They hesitantly came through and we handed out meal packs to them. They were so grateful! Some immediately opened the packets and started nibbling right away and some stood with their packets (possibly to share with their siblings later at home).

Soon thereafter, bin bags with second-hand clothing were taken out from the bus and handed out to the boys. This clothing was a portion of a donation to LITTLE EDEN which was unsuitable for our residents … and we were therefore passing the blessings forward. Seeing the boys’ excitement and gratitude was priceless! The last bag of clothing was handed over to the teachers at a nearby Day Care centre who promised to hand out the clothing to their children the following day.

By the time we left Venda the following morning, our hearts were full from the experience and more especially from the opportunity to share.

I dare YOU to share!

(N. Muthige)

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.

[Anon]

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.