What words would you use to describe your dad? Everyone has a unique experience with their own father, and therefore the words we choose will be varied and different from one another. After all, every person is different. We all have strengths and weaknesses. We all experience success and failure. Ultimately, within each of us, there is beauty and brokenness. And so, this year, we’re invited to reflect on everything about our dad that is beautiful, true, and good.
Think about your dad. For which of your dad’s characteristics are you most thankful? When you think about him, what makes you smile? What are some of your most meaningful memories with your dad? Spend some time thanking God for your dad and your favorite moments with him.
As you reflect on your dad, in what ways do you see the image of God reflected in him? After all, we are all made in the image of God. Here are some Scripture passages that may prompt your thinking:
- For the LORD your God is a merciful God; he will not abandon or destroy you or forget the covenant with your ancestors, which he confirmed to them by oath. – Deuteronomy 4:31
- Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne; love and faithfulness go before you. Blessed are those who have learned to acclaim you, who walk in the light of your presence, LORD. They rejoice in your name all day long; they celebrate your righteousness. – Psalm 89:14-16
- My son, do not despise the Lord’s discipline, and do not resent his rebuke, because the Lord disciplines those he loves, as a father the son he delights in. – Proverbs 3:11-12
- The LORD is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in him. – Nahum 1:7
- And do not set your heart on what you will eat or drink; do not worry about it. For the pagan world runs after all such things, and your Father knows that you need them. But seek his kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well. Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom. – Luke 12:29-32
- Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. – 2 Corinthians 1:3-4
- Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. – James 1:17
Spend some time praising God for who He is and the ways your dad displays God’s image.
There are different ways in which you can respond to your reflections. Take some time to consider how you want to respond.
Here are some suggestions:
- Tell your dad what you appreciate about his character
- Write your dad a letter expressing your gratitude for specific qualities
- Write your dad a poem
- Create a piece of art for your dad
- Find, write, and learn a Bible verse that helps you to pray for your dad
- … any other activity that helps you to enrich the life of your dad and give glory to God
Engage in at least one of these activities to help bring your gratitude to life.