A young woman relates that when she was a little girl, her father, an artist, would often be busy at his easel while she sat nearby on the floor working just as hard with her own set of crayons and a coloring book.

Many a time, her father would set his brushes aside, reach down and lift her up onto his lap.  Then, he’d curl her little hand around one of his brushes, enfolding it with his own larger and stronger hand.  Ever so gently, he would guide her hand and the brush and together they made something beautiful.

Little did this father know that he was giving his daughter skills that would bring great fulfillment to her life.  Today, Joni Tada, a quadriplegic since a diving accident during her teen years, is still painting.  However, she now paints with a paintbrush in her mouth.  Much of her earnings are channeled into ministry to help others.  Her compassion is a reflection of that shown by a loving, tender father.

“With each of you we were like a father with his child, holding your hand, whispering encouragement, showing you step-by-step how to live well before God.”  1 Thessalonians 2:11 The Message

Above story is from:  God’s Little Devotional Book

Karen Mulder

Karen Mulder

Karen Mulder is the founder of the Wisdom of the Wounded ministry. She lives in Holland, Michigan with her husband Larry.


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