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Prayer for May

We thank God for the 50 years LITTLE EDEN has been caring for persons with intellectual disability and we ask Him to help us give of our best in our service to LITTLE EDEN

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 May: What chapter are you on?

The recently launched history book titled, LITTLE EDEN 50 years of Love & Care (1967-2017) takes the reader through an interesting and inspiring journey of the organisation.

Those who worked closely with the founders during the early days of the Society share that the journey was not always plain sailing. They experienced trials and tribulations but also many humbling moments and celebrated milestones.

Someone recently compared life to a book. He said some books are thick and have many chapters and others are thin and can be read in one sitting. As he was saying this, I tried to picture a book telling the story of a stillborn baby. Does that story qualify to be a book or even a complete chapter? My answer would definitely be yes! A life was created; there was a heartbeat and great jubilation in anticipation of the coming new life…well until…

How old are you and what chapter do you think you are living in your life? Indeed each new chapter is different from the previous, in terms of length and events that occur. There is a process in each chapter… the beginning, the journey and the ending. Many circumstances, events and sometimes people (who are experiencing their own chapters of their own books) have an impact on how our chapters are written. Allow these activities to happen; they are part of the process of life…specifically YOUR life!

LITTLE EDEN might be 50 years old but it does not necessarily mean it’s on chapter 50 nor does it mean it has reached the end of its book. No human alive knows when their story will end…not even a person in a coma in hospital know, because it is only the writer of the book who knows.

We can’t control the events that take place in our lives but we can certainly challenge ourselves to participate proactively in how we respond or react to the events. Be present in every moment and let life take its course.

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.