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Prayer for December

May the commemoration of the birth of Jesus Christ remind us to appreciate the sacrifice He made for us.

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 December: Acts of love

The birth and death of Jesus Christ are referred to as the biggests act of love to mankind; and I would add that it was also a big sacrifice for God to send His only Son to die so that others may have everlasting life.

We will never witness this level of sacrifice again in the story of human kind but being part of LITTLE EDEN Society gives us an opportunity to be witnesses to different levels of sacrifices made by various individuals on a daily basis.

We very often talk about the fact that the majority of the residents at
LITTLE EDEN have been abandoned. In this instance, I would like to bring our attention to the minority of the residents who were placed by loving and caring families. This, for me, is one of the most difficult sacrifices a parent or a family member could ever make.

Handing over your precious and vulnerable child into the hands of strangers must be a difficult decision to make. Many parents or families of our residents have to make this painful decision so that they (parents) have an opportunity to work and be able to financially support other family members and also for the child to have a chance to receive the necessary stimulation that they need for their condition.

Such is life! Often the sacrifices that we make are not to benefit us but for the good of others. These are acts of love. God did it, and so can we!

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.