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Prayer for October

We pray for parents of young children. May they have the wisdom to raise a God fearing and socially responsible future generation.

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 October: You reap what you sow!

A friend of mine sent this photo to me recently. In the photo taken on Heritage Day, is her baby girl, Zibusiso and her friend Christian from day care school. It goes without saying that the photo speaks volumes, especially in a country like South Africa with such a deep and painful history

It embraces unity in diversity, race, gender, culture. It is beautiful and it’s all thanks to their parents who preserved their innocence and taught them at an early age to see no colour and appreciate diversity.

For me, there is a bigger lesson to be learnt and it is not only just about acceptance of different races. It’s raising a socially responsible generation. I am always humbled by parents who bring their young children to spend some time at LITTLE EDEN with people who are often marginalised by their communities based on their disabilities and background. Some parents do not only do this because it’s part of their children’s school project but because there is a lesson to be learnt and certain values to be instilled.

It is planting principles of philanthropy, empathy and gratefulness which will raise responsible, loving and caring adults of whom we can be proud. It is through such lessons that leaders are born who will transform our country and the world to be a better place in which to live.

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.