Pray with us
Prayer for February
May the unconditional love of God for His children be an encouraging factor for us to give love where it is needed.
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 February
Siza and the van den Bosch family
Siza will be turning 26 in October of this year. She was just 6 years old when she joined the LITTLE EDEN family in 1999. A sweet little girl with a gorgeous smile! Siza has no contact from her biological family and was placed at the LITTLE EDEN through Child Welfare.
While they were based in South Africa, the van den Bosh family came to know and got involved with LITTLE EDEN; and were introduced to Siza. The family took a decision to sponsor Siza’s fees through a LITTLE EDEN initiative called Adopt an Angel programme.
The van den Bosch family eventually moved back to their country of origin, Holland, but they kept in touch with Siza; and visit Siza at least once a year and are always so happy with her developmental progress.
It is beautiful to see how Siza lights up at the mention of the van den Bosch family. She spends months counting down to their next visit and always remembers to ask her house mother to help her make birthday cards to be emailed to Holland religiously every year! Alexandra shared once that all the birthday cards and photos they receive from Siza are pasted up on their fridge at home.
I am sharing Siza’s story with you to remind you that sometimes your background or your past does not determine your future and that people come into our lives to play certain roles. In this case, the van den Bosch family’s role was to give Siza a family she never had.
Have you played a positive role in someone’s life lately? How committed are you to the important things in life?
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.