Almost all of our brokenness can be tracked back to the quantity and quality of the love we have experienced. Everything from touch, kindness, forgiveness, support, care, and encouragement add to our total fullness of life.

Last night while sitting on the couch with my wife, she encouraged me to watch yet another YouTube video. But this one was different. It wasn't funny. It wasn't well produced. It was real.

It's a normally dressed man in blue jeans and a baseball cap dancing with his beautiful daughter. But there was something special here. As we watched together, we both began to tear up. But why? Why are our emotions driven by such a scene? What is it about a Father's love that clenches our hearts to the extent of weeping?

It's love. 

It's as if we're witnessing our desire for such a connection with our own Father. For me, it was seeing God. A beautiful and authentic version of how God loves us. He dances with us. He marvels in us. He adores us even though we're broken.

How did this video make you feel? Have you experienced this type of love before?

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45 thoughts on “Everyone Needs Love Like This

  1. Emma says:

    You are so right, Dale. Love without restraint, without fear of embarrassment – it’s what we all crave! This video is so tender and protective and there are times in our lives when all we want is that strength and protection from another. I have no religious faith – but I also have an understanding on the deepest level that faith would provide me with love on a level I have yet to experience in my life… still hoping and still searching.

  2. Bianca Solveig Stjerne says:

    So beautiful and touching…Gives life to my favorite vers from the bible “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails”

  3. Grant Sheppard says:

    Its beautiful, no doubt! But here is my dilemma…the only reason it touches you or people is because the daughter is handicapped. Would it been a daughter without a handicap it wouldn’t have or not as much. Again this video and especially the people in it deserve credit but so does any parent who loves their child unconditionally. If you look around you can see God everywhere. When is the last time you danced with you’re daughter or son, when is the last time you shed a tear because that smile of you’re son or daughter just makes you happy and you’re so grateful that he or she is here, with you. When is the last time you tried to be nice to that person you dislike so much for no reason. We act as if its a wonder these things (like in the video) are happening but the fact is, we can make these acts happen everyday, we can make people feel good (just like with this video) everyday (we don’t need a video for that) but most of the time we choose not to. The man in the video deserves respect, not for what he does but for what he stands for. Love.

    • Shaleen says:

      I don’t think that the only reason people were touched by this is because the little girl was disabled. As you mentioned, love was demonstrated. Just let that be that. The truth is that some people need a video like this as a reminder to see the beauty in things and to be kind and good towards others.

      • Grant Sheppard says:

        And thats my point! Why do we need a reminder to see beauty or to be kind. Its a choice, but like i said, we often choose not to. When is the last time you told a stranger that he or she is beautiful or that they matter. Or told a disabled person that he or she is incredible. Do you walk by when someone asks for help or do you stop. Do you give money to homeless people? All i’m saying is, if the smallest things in life can make us happy and make us feel so alive, why do we keep striving for things that don’t. Give, but don’t expect anything in return, thats what this father in the video is showing me! Thats what matters! If one needs a reminder to see beauty or to be kind than that person got serious issues.

        • Margaret says:

          Sorry, but sometimes we all need a reminder to get out of our busy worlds and take time to smell the roses in life. We are just too “busy” in our culture providing entertainment and a nice environment to live in and getting our kids too involved in every sport available to them, and moving away from Grandparents who can help provide that loving community. The fact that she is disabled reminds us that Jesus was embraced by the poor, the broken, the poor in spirit. How many people would have been moved by this video had she not been disabled? Also, why do we look away from people with handicaps or who are disfigured or emotionally challenged? We all need reminders like this. You have already been enlightened. Sometimes a movie like this is what it takes to wake us up. Good post. Food for thought!

    • Dale Partridge says:

      I do agree with Shaleen and Margaret and I believe that we DO need reminders to be kind and to love. Unfortunately, we live in a world where many hearts are hard, and I don’t believe there’s anything wrong with sharing a beautiful and inspiring love story, handicap or not. Appreciate hearing your feedback though, Grant!

      • Grant Sheppard says:

        Nobody is born bad! Circumstances might lead to it. I believe that the human nature is good of itself if you believe we are made in God’s image. With that being said, one does not need a reminder to do or be good, be kind, love, laugh, share etc. All of these are choices, just like doing bad. If we all choose to do what this father did for his daughter, which is to love unconditionally, this world would be a better place. But, most of us choose not to. I don’t want to be stepping on anybody’s toe’s here and i don’t mean no disrespect.

  4. Dana Groff says:

    The love this Daddy has for his little girl is overwhelming!! I LOVE that he would do this for her!!

  5. Jared Curtiss says:

    God love us so extravagatly. thank you for posting this brother! It’s a beautiful thing to watch love in action. Pure, selfless, sacrificial love. The worlds truly changing for the better!

  6. Sandra Rios Vital-ten Hoope says:

    So beautiful – thank you. Another message from the universe that I should change my daily life in order to spend more time with my loved ones. This father is a true inspiration and I agree, this is God’s work in action.

  7. Afni says:

    I suffered an extensive abuse at the hands of my own father. He never loved me. Growing up, he would hurl insults at me, brutally beat me endlessly, banged my head to walls and kicked me. I was always covered in bruises. I grew up being taught he was right to hate me and I deserve all the beatings. Though now I’m in my late 20s and living far away from him, I can barely sleep at night. I would be awaken at nights realizing my cheeks wet from having cried during my sleep. I envy and adore those who have loving & protective fathers. I once saw a father dressed in worn out clothes, selling used cellphones on the roadside under the scorching heat because his daughter would not come home unless he could buy her the latest cell phone. I cried. Some people are really ungrateful for having a father whom you can really call father.

    • Margaret says:

      Agni, I, too, suffered similar abuse by my earthly father and my Mom blamed us for hers and dad’s misery. I’m 58 years old and am just now receiving a more full healing and the ability to feel God’s love for me. What’s hard is loving ourselves. Because the abuse came from our parents and we instinctively loved and trusted them, we believed the “lies”. It has taken me a lifetime to let it sink in from my head to my heart. Surround yourself with loving, positive people and avoid the negativity. Unfortunately, in our need to feel loved and appreciated, we seek out people to validate us very similar in personality to our parents. They are not capable of giving you the love we so desire. I am fortunate in that I have openly talked to my husband of 38 years about what goes on in my mind and what I need from him

      • Margaret says:

        I have distanced myself from my abusive family members and stay close to the affirmative ones. I have 2 good friends that love me and affirm me. And one of them is a man. Have faith in yourself and read this book “The Feel Good Book”. It is a workbook to help you stop the negative thoughts and love and validate yourself. Have faith in your God and in yourself. You will get there! It’s worth the journey. We are much more compassionate people because of our experiences.

    • Dale Partridge says:

      Thank you for sharing your vulnerability, Afni. It breaks my heart to learn of how awfully you were treated and I can’t imagine what you’ve been through. I do know that no matter what your circumstances have been, you were and still are worthy of love and happiness. If you’ve not ever sought out a counselor, I strongly encourage you to do so. Counseling changed my life and helped me through things I would never have been able to receive healing from on my own. And I agree with everything Margaret said! Stay strong, YOU MATTER

  8. Rodrigo Fontes says:

    As I said here at once, I had too many problems with my dead dad, moreover, God always been so wonderful in my life. Independent of how good we can do for each other, or so kind we’re He ever and ever love us with a furious love. That is matter, that is the point, and everything in that video is what we most deserve conscientious or not from God and from everyone. I will lead to you a name of one song ( unfortunately for somebody it’s in Portuguese ) Abraço de pai which means Father’s hug.
    I deserve a very nice day to everybody.

  9. G says:

    This man is the epitome of selfless, of father, of love. God bless him. Thank you for sharing this.

  10. ben says:

    Great, now I’m crying at work. Thanks. But seriously this was the best thing I’ve seen in a long time.

  11. Created Well says:

    After glancing through some of the response, what a myriad of reflections on this piece. It affects people in so many different ways depending on what they carry with them in their memories an in their souls. I think the underlying thread is the “whosoever” concept”. If you are an able bodied or physically handicapped “whosoever”, it’s for you. If you are an abused, neglected, forgotten, uncared for “whosoever”, it’s for you too. If you are a well-loved, well-understood, emotionally stable “whosoever”, this is poured out for you as well. This girl can do NOTHING to earn her father’s love – she can’t cook, clean, read bedtime stories, be really good at softball or be president of a club. She probably won’t ever have a 6 figure salary or get married and give him grandkids. But he still loves her immensely. That’s the parallel between this man’s love and the Heaven Father’s love.We can do nothing at all to earn God’s love in Christ. we just have to be a “whosoever” – we simply have to be.

  12. Precious Burks says:

    Beautiful, I admired this video so much. My heart exploded with such passion and emotion. I have so much respect for this man. He made her feel great and that is what fathers should do for their daughters. Tears just overwhelmed me, this was such a beautiful video!

  13. sherry says:

    Omg..this is so beautiful.i love father’s love because i think it is so unique ..we mothers can love our kids in a million different and strong ways but a father’s love is different.. it makes you feel safe, strong and that you ‘ll always have someone who is covering your back.look how happy she is..he is a great dad.God bless all families with love and happiness.

  14. sherry says:

    Omg..this is so beautiful.i love father’s love because i think it is so unique ..we mothers can love our kids in a million different and strong ways but a father’s love is different.. it makes you feel safe, strong and that you ‘ll always have someone who is covering your back.look how happy she is..he is a great dad.God bless all families with love and happiness.

  15. Jeanette Mitchell says:

    It’s rare..it’s absolutely perfect love..something every girl/woman desires..and deserves..healthy, holy,..whole

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