Pray with us
Prayer for October
During the National mental health awareness month we pray for courage and patience in order to be able to care for and support those entrusted to us at
LITTLE EDEN especially those with mental illness.
May God protect our residents and all who serve here and guide us as we carry out the special work of LITTLE EDEN.
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.
Use this prayer for private devotions to request special intentions, favours, healings, requests or miracles through the intervention 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 whih 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.
Those who obtain favours through the intercession of Domitilla and Danny Hyams are asked to notify the Postulator of their Cause at email@example.com or Postulator, PO Box 121 Edenvale 1610 South Africa.
Harvesters of Jesus October
Pay it forward and extend your blessings
Recently LITTLE EDEN hosted the 3rd Annual Danny & Domitilla Hyams Memorial Lecture where the Chief Executive of Standard Bank Wealth, Ms Peggy-Sue Khumalo addressed the audience under the theme Paying it forward.
Often when we hear the term “pay it forward” we think of the receiver as the benefactor, which is true to a certain extent. When one hands over something, someone must be at the receiving end and that someone must feel the benefit or the positive effects of receiving. However, there is a flip side to this coin. The giver can equally benefit from giving.
I am of the belief that we are not meant to hold on to some of the blessings we receive. Some blessings may be harmful or be a disadvantage to us if we decide not to share them. Ms Khumalo shared a story about when the late former SA president, Mr Nelson Mandela gave her the gift of education by arranging a scholarship/bursary for her. Imagine what would have happened if after graduating she decided not to share or use her acquired knowledge? Her gift would have been limited instead of inspiring others to share.
A baby is born with clenched fists and there is a belief that this symbolises God given talents with which we are born. Do you think you would have lived a fulfilled life if you die without having shared your talents with the world? I think not.
This brings to mind the benefits to the community that Danny & Domitilla shared in founding LITTLE EDEN. Paying it forward doesn’t always mean the act of giving to better someone else but it can be a platform to extend your blessings by sharing them.
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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.