On this Father’s Day, or another time during the month of June, take time in your family for reflecting together about fathers.
- Read about fathers in Scripture. Select one or more of the following Scripture passages and read them together. Name traits you see in the father whose story you have read. Name both good and bad traits. Pray together, giving thanks for these fathers in scripture: Genesis 37:1-11; Joshua 24:14-15; Matthew 2:19-25.
- Think about men who have helped you grow in faith. These may be men in your biological family, in your church family, or in community. Write a note of thanks to one of these men who helped you grow in faith.
- Read together a children’s book about fathers. Here are a few that are good: Daddy All Day Long by Francesca Rusackas, Priscilla Burris (illustrator); Daddy Kisses by Anne Gutman, Georg Hallensleben (illustrator); The Very Best Daddy of All by Marion Dane Bauer, Leslie Wu (illustrator); Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney, Anita Jeram (illustrator).
- Make a coupon book for your father or someone who is like a father for you. Include such coupons as these: “This coupon entitles you to me laughing at every joke you tell today”; “This coupon entitles you to an uninterrupted nap”; This coupon entitles you to your favorite dessert.”
- Trace your family’s history. Talk about grandparents and great-grandparents. If there are those in your family who have family names, talk about those who were named these names and why they have been passed on to those in another generation.
- Watch a movie about a father’s relationship with his children. Some to consider are: The Pursuit of Happyness; The Incredibles, Liar, Liar; Father of the Bride; Parenthood; The Lion King; Parent Trap; Mrs. Doubtfire; Up! (This is not a biological father-son relationship, but it shows a relationship between a child and an adult that grows and becomes a father-son relationship). Talk together about what you see in the movie that shows how fathers can care for those in their families in good ways.
- Pray for the fathers in your family. Ask everyone in the family to place their hands on the head of any fathers in the family and pray for God to bless each one.
- Learn about an organization in your community where men can volunteer to be a mentor to young people. One such organization is Big Brothers Big Sisters. Find a way you as a family can do something to help the organization you discover.
- Use the following prayer together on Father’s Day or another day in June:
We are all in need of care. We thank you for the care you give to each of us, and we ask that (your father’s name) feel your care this day.
We are grateful for this man, who in so many ways helps us grow and cares for us.
We thank you for these things about him today:
(family members list those things they love and their father).
Bless our family. Help us show more patience than impatience;
more laughter than anger; more understanding than disregard;
more care than indifference. Amen.
MaryJane Pierce Norton is Associate General Secretary for Leadership Resources at Discipleship Ministries.