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Prayer for March
Lord, during the month of intellectual disability awareness, bless us with compassion and wisdom to appreciate that we are all made in Your image
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 March: It is in giving that we receive
I recently witnessed a special moment that I want to share and I hope my words on this paper will do justice in painting a fitting picture of this experience.
This incident took place in Bapsfontein when the LITTLE EDEN Elvira Rota Village residents gathered in the hall for an informal farewell ceremony. LITTLE EDEN volunteers: Sr Magie was returning to India after serving at the Home for 8 years and Jennifer and Ophélie were returning to France after serving for 2 years.
As you may be aware, LITTLE EDEN residents have profound intellectual disability and the majority are not able to express themselves verbally. The event started with some special songs dedicated to the volunteers who were leaving. Later, the residents were invited to give farewell messages to the three ladies.
Some of the messages had lots of words: “thank you for everything”, “I will miss you”, “I will pray for you”, “thank you for teaching me to pray” etc., some were babbling sounds which ended with “Amen” and some residents were too overwhelmed with emotions so they just held the microphone and, together with the volunteers, started sobbing…and yes, I might have shed a tiny tear too.
What I witnessed was pure and sincere. A moment which I believe our valued volunteers will treasure for the rest of their lives.
The hall was filled with emotions of genuine love and gratitude. What was more apparent to me was that the severity of a disability does not matter; we (abled and disabled) all know how it feels and that we all respond the same to being loved and cared for.
Moral of the story, you are open to receive love when you give it!
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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.