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Prayer for September

That young people globally, & especially in SA, may have access to education and work in their own countries.

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 September

“When the flower doesn’t blossom, fix the environment in which it grows, not the flower” – Alexander den Heijer

The spring season has some sort of a magical effect not only to the dormant plants which come back to life at this time of the year but also, have you noticed how most people have a sudden “spring” to their steps and they are generally in a good mood?

The environment at this time of the year is warmer; appealing to the eye and subsequently has a positive impact on us. The green grass and blossoming flowers makes one want to go out there and enjoy life! How good God is!

Recently, through the generosity of an anonymous donor, LITTLE EDEN was able to renovate Boitumelo wing at the Domitilla and Danny Hyams Home. How God cares for us. While the renovations were in progress, the residents had to move to temporary accommodation within the Home. This was not ideal for the residents and the load was certainly heavier for the staff. They soldiered on carrying out their daily duties effectively in this environment for a period of about three months.

When the renovations were finally complete in Boitumelo wing, there was great excitement amongst staff and residents. Everyone was so grateful to walk into the “new look” and so grateful for some of the newly designed and installed equipment such as the bath table which is far more user-friendly than the original for the staff and more comfortable for the residents. One staff member was overheard saying “everything looks so beautiful and new, I am going to enjoy keeping this place clean for the residents”.

Sometimes when life feels like a burden and difficult, inspect your environment. It might be the people you spend most of your time with, you might need to change the radio station you listen to and sometimes a simple thing like changing the position of your bed might just do the trick and give you a different and more positive outlook on life! Thank you God!

(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.