Pray with us
Prayer for September
Lord we pray for the mental and physical well-being of our staff and volunteers. May we receive your grace to continue serving the residents with kindness & patience.
Protect our residents, staff and all who serve you Lord during this difficult time
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or Postulator, PO Box 121 Edenvale 1610 South Africa.
Harvesters of Jesus September
Find your silver lining
When it became clear that the national lockdown was going to take longer than most of us anticipated, amongst other critical matters, I was seriously concerned about how I was going to manage my hair. It may sound like an exaggeration to you but my hair is the type that has a mind of its own, it really requires a skill to groom it. For a while I decided to ignore it, maybe hoping it would eventually go away or groom itself. Somedays I wondered if a clean chiskop would not solve my problem until one morning, when I realised that even on level 2 of the national lockdown I still wouldn’t feel comfortable to go to a salon. So I made a conscious decision to teach myself how to plat my own hair. Even though I know I will never win the best hairstylist award, at least I look decent!
Another foray into the unknown – For the first time this year some of our residents at Elvira Rota Village attended the LITTLE EDEN virtual AGM and they were able to comprehend and interact with other attendees on the platform. Through the experience, we now know that even after the lockdown is lifted, we can use the platform and arrange virtual visits with our international donors and family members of our residents who are unable to visit due to distance.
Our therapy team and care workers shared some of their recently discovered creative ways to stimulate and care for the residents as the wearing of masks and social distancing sometimes proves to be a challenge to those residents who are deaf and rely on lip reading to interact and for some residents who are set in their ways, new ways don’t work!
Some of my friends shared that being tech- savvy is their new valuable skill as they had to work from home during the lockdown. For me, other than the treasured new skill of plating my own hair, being on lockdown forced me to learn how to be still, give deserved attention to my inner voice and most importantly grow closer to God.
There is always a glimmering silver lining to every dark cloud. Have you identified yours?
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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.