Spend Unhurried Time
Sounds simple, but with our busy lives, it takes intentional planning to find time for unhurried eyeball-to-eyeball moments with our loved ones. If you can’t be there in person with your dad, consider doing a FaceTime or Skype call with him.
Say 'Thank You'
Thank your dad for what he’s meant to you and for the sacrifices he’s made for his family.
Savor Family Memories
Reminisce and talk about family memories—the fun times, vacation memories, holiday stories and the sweet moments you’ve shared.
Share Your Gratitude
Tell him what he’s done as a dad that impressed or touched you. Was it spending time together at church each week? Was it the nights he played ball in the yard with you after he’d worked a long day? Was it hearing his prayers for you or seeing him reading his Bible each day?
What Are 5 Ways You Admire Him?
Think of five qualities that you admire in your dad that you’d like to instill in your own life. Share those things with him.
Read Scripture to Him
Find a verse (or passage of Scripture) that you think describes your dad. Read that to him, and explain why you think it fits him.
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Pray with Him
Pray with and for your dad. Thank God for him and what he’s meant to you, and pray for God’s blessings on his life in the years ahead.
Work on That Bucket List
Talk to your dad about his bucket list. What would he like to do if given the chance? Plan to do one (or more) of those things with him over the coming year.
Throw Your Arms Around Him!
Give him a big hug, and tell him how glad you are that he’s your dad.
Say 'I Love You' Out Loud
Tell him you love him. Say the words. I wish I could do these with my late dad. I really miss him on these special days. If your dad is still with you, please make the moments count.
If you didn't enjoy a warm and loving relationship with your father, this is a great opportunity to determine that your own children will have memories of a dad who loved them and was part of their lives.
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