Throughout the scriptures, we are commanded to serve those who are fatherless. Consider this passage from the Book of James:
“Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.”
Father’s Day is a time to celebrate men who provide, preside, and protect. These men emulate the divinity and love of our Father in Heaven. However, for some, Father’s Day is a reminder of what they lack. Perhaps a father has passed away. Perhaps a father has been abusive or abandoned the family. Perhaps a father is serving in a far-off land. Whatever the reason, here are five simple ways you can minister to the fatherless this Father’s Day.
Offer a Priesthood Blessing
A priesthood blessing is a sacred act of love and guidance, especially between a father and a family member. For those without fathers in the home, priesthood blessings are often rare. If someone has been abused by their father, asking for a priesthood blessing can be difficult. Offer and facilitate a priesthood blessing to help provide comfort and assurance of Heavenly Father’s love. A good way to phrase it is:
“I know today may not be easy for you. I would like to give you a priesthood blessing. Would that be ok?”
Celebrate Father Figures
Remember fathers who have left by celebrating them. Share a photo of the father with a favorite memory or story. Cook the father’s favorite meal or simply sit and talk of him. Make sure the fatherless know their father is remembered and cherished.
Share on Social Media
Going on social media can be hard on Father’s Day if you do not feel you have a reason to celebrate. Share this simple photo on social media to let others know you are thinking of them.
For Fatherless Sisters
If you know a fatherless sister, consider ways to let them know they are cherished. Take them out for a date and treat them to things that make them feel special.
For Fatherless Brothers
If you know a fatherless brother, considers ways to let him know how he exemplifies fatherhood regardless of his circumstances. Share in words or on paper what you appreciate about him.