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Prayer for January
We thank God for the blessing of a New Year and for the potential it holds for us to improve the lives of our residents.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or Postulator, PO Box 121 Edenvale 1610 South Africa.
Harvesters of Jesus January
Are we ready to prepare the way for the Lord?
In 2018 LITTLE EDEN was blessed with the promise of funding towards much-needed building renovations to both centres which will help ensure that the needs of our 300 special angels continue to be met to the level that they so deserve!
Renovations are scheduled to commence in the new year. To prepare for these major refurbishments and new developments, the LITTLE EDEN team is busy planning and putting certain measures in place to ensure that there is limited disruption to the activities of daily living – preparing to receive the blessings of these developments.
There is a stage referred to “preparing the nest”. This relates to the behaviour of an expectant mother closer to the time of her delivery. She would spend most of her days closer to the arrival of her baby, cleaning and preparing her house, especially the nursery to make sure that she is prepared and ready to receive her special blessing.
Unsurprisingly we start a New Year with many hopes and dreams of a fruitful year. We pray for certain blessings that we wish to receive; however, we don’t spend a lot of time (or perhaps any time at all) making sure that our mental state, our environment or our behaviour is ready to receive the blessings for which we pray.
I do wonder if from time to time we don’t receive what we ask for because God knows we are not ready or prepared to receive it. Imagine praying for the means to purchase a new house but spend most of the time and money buying new furniture suitable for the current house. Does that indicate your readiness to receive a new house? I think not!
I encourage you to do things a little differently this year. Be prepared in a way ready to be open to receive what develops and to take on the new opportunities given to us!
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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.