Photo: Visiting and singing to the one and only, Joni Eareckson Tada, on her 71st birthday!
Photo: The coronavirus can’t stop us from celebrating a life well-lived!
Would you please join me in rejoicing and celebrating the birthday of the incomparable and singular Joni Eareckson Tada! One of the most beloved Christians in the world today – who Francis Chan said he believes to be the godliest woman on the planet (his words) – and one for whom living each day itself takes an Olympian effort, Joni is a true spiritual hero to so many, including my family.
We had the joy of paying her a surprise birthday visit at her home to sing to her and wish her a very happy birthday. What a delight it was to visit with her and her husband, Ken (socially distanced, of course), and to have the refreshment of being in the Spirit’s presence, who always graces us in a unique way when we’re together.
Many of you TD’ers don’t even know who Joni is … but you should, you really should. All TD alumni know of her and have been graced and inspired by her many times over, as she has a special heart for TD. Just ask them.
In honor of Joni’s birthday, and for your own inspiration and growth, would you please watch and be immensely enriched by the following videos? You will be strengthened, sharpened, humbled, and moved: A Deeper Healing
And for you artists out there, this is inspiring too: Painting for God’s Pleasure
Here’s a bonus video of TD visits Joni at the International Disability Center. This beautiful luncheon with Joni and Ken was for the top V4V award winners.
Joni is not into herself. She just wants God to be glorified, Jesus to be cherished and loved, the Spirit to move powerfully and freely, and the vulnerable – especially those with disabilities – to be valued and empowered. She would be so thrilled to know that you watched her videos and were strengthened in these ways. That would be all she would want for her birthday.
So, if after you watch, you are so inclined and moved to write her a note of how your faith was strengthened, I’ll pass it on to her!
Would you stop and say a sincere prayer for our dear sister, who is now in her 54th year of quadriplegia? That would mean the world to her.
Happy Birthday, Joni, 71 years young!