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Prayer for April
We pray that the commemoration of Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross will encourage us to be of service to those in need.
Please protect our residents, staff and all who serve you Lord during this difficult time
We pray for success of the Servants of God 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 intercession 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 which 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 April
The beauty of the crown is in the ashes
The title of this article is taken from the saying “beauty from ashes” which, according to Isaiah 61:3, is used to comfort someone who is mourning the death of a loved one or who is going through a difficult time.
The words “The beauty of the crown is in the ashes” were recently used by Nozibele Mayaba, a young motivational speaker, talking about the recent death of the Zulu king, His Royal Highness, Goodwill Zwelithini, and the subsequent discussions over who will succeed the king. Nozibele wondered if the next king already knew he would be next in line. “If he knew, this may be an exciting phase of his life but how sad is it that it has to take the death of one king for the other to take the throne.” she said.
Well, that is life! Using this analogy, the reality of the existence of LITTLE EDEN is that it took the birth of a child with profound intellectual disability for this special Home with a beautiful history to come into being. The background stories of some of our angels are sad and heart-breaking however, through these dark experiences, we have a Society today which is an oasis of Love & Care to 300 children and adults with profound intellectual disability. And it is through the prayers and goodness of our supporters that LITTLE EDEN can remain a platform which restores hope for many years to come.
The commemoration of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ this month makes me realise that His story is one of the greatest “Beauty from ashes” historical occurrences, as He had to die for humankind to have hope of everlasting life.
Let us stay present in our life’s journey, even through trying times, as sometimes just like a planted seed, we must go through dark moments in order to emerge as better versions of ourselves. What would you need to do or change to achieve this?
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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 or 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.