Pray with us

Prayer for February

Lord, we pray that unconditional love continues to be our reason for serving our residents and each other on a daily basis.

Please protect our residents, staff and all who serve you Lord.

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.

Cause Prayer

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.

AMEN

Those who obtain favours through the intercession of Domitilla and Danny Hyams are asked to notify the Postulator of their Cause at postulator@domitilladannycause.org.za or Postulator, PO Box 121 Edenvale 1610 South Africa.

Domitilla & Danny Hyams

Harvesters of Jesus February

The missing piece

“Missing pieces do more than complete the puzzle, they fill an empty space.” – Luanne Rice

Mary’s Mill at Elvira Rota Village (ERV) is a firm favourite for most of our residents. Fun and games, down time, catching up with a favourite book and mingling with their best friends is what they love to do. Matthew (49) and Joseph (27) in particular, have a keen interest in putting together puzzles. Recently, I watched Matthew closely as he carefully constructed the outline of an animal farm. You could see that he had spent a considerable amount of time assembling the hundred-piece puzzle and making certain that he kept any kind of distraction away from swaying his attention.

When he was almost done, he noticed a piece of the puzzle missing. He looked for it frantically under the table, in his pocket, in the box, everywhere but couldn’t find it. He was so disheartened and shared his frustration with everyone who cared to listen. Although he had spent a lot of time on this puzzle, it almost didn’t matter until he could find that one missing piece. This reminded me of the scripture found in Matthew 18:12-14 that reads, “If a shepherd has one hundred sheep, and one wanders away and is lost, what will he do? Won’t he leave the ninety-nine others and go out into the hills to search for the lost one? And if he finds it, he will surely rejoice over it more than over the ninety-nine that didn’t wander away! In the same way, it is not my heavenly Father’s will that even one of these little ones should perish.”

This is the kind of love that our Heavenly Father has for us. Each of us matters that much to Him. LITTLE EDEN Society celebrates 55 years this year since inception in 1967. More than a thousand residents later, each one of them is or has been an important piece of this beautiful puzzle that makes up LITTLE EDEN. The values it is built on, the care provided by our staff and different stakeholders, all add up to make our residents feel that they matter and are loved. Whenever a resident leaves LITTLE EDEN, for whatever reason, it’s always a sombre moment. We have however, had residents who leave and come back months or years later, much to our delight. That always completes our puzzle. The query I have for you: what role do you play in completing this puzzle? Is it through prayer, donations, acts of service or spreading the word about LITTLE EDEN? By doing so, you not only complete the puzzle, you fill an empty space!

Rethabile Lechela

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.

[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.