Pray with us
Prayer for December
Lord, we thank You with grateful hearts for our LITTLE EDEN family including those who support us with prayer and through selfless giving.
Please protect our residents, staff and all who serve you Lord during this difficult time
We pray for success of the Servants of God 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 intercession 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 which 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 December
Our residents’ smiles portray the real meaning to Christmas giving
In a month where a very different and difficult year comes to an end, many of us are feeling fatigued and frayed, or uncertain about the future. December is a time when our fast-paced lives reach a limit before it suddenly becomes a slow dance that eventually leads to rest and re-energizing for the next year.
The Christmas Season of giving and receiving usually brings great ambivalence. It is known for celebration with loved ones, but could also be a source of great sadness and loneliness. Most of all, the Christmas Season is a period of spiritual renewal when we, through initially observing Advent, have time to celebrate the significance of Jesus Christ being born as man to become our Saviour.
But, regardless of beliefs and emotions attached to this season, it is fitting to ponder on what Christmas really means to me and to you. When asking myself this question, I always remember how our residents portray Jesus’ love through their lives! It is their distinct purity and unique lifestyle of gratitude that continuously spark my gratitude for the small and big things in my life.
With all the frantic rush of Christmas giving at this time, our residents remind me that I am more blessed in giving gifts than in receiving them! They also teach me that a physical gift is not always the most suitable to give. These angels can never repay anyone for investing in their lives, nor offer them eloquent prayers or uplifting words, but in their simplicity and innocence they are close to Jesus who hears their prayers of absolute love and appreciation. One thing that never changes – in and out of the Christmas season – is their gift of unconditional and unaltered love, wrapped in a smile, any time they see you.
I end 2021 with a grateful heart for every smile of love I received throughout this year from my LITTLE EDEN family. What are you grateful for this Christmas Season?
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 or 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.