On June 21, 2020, America will celebrate its 110th Father’s Day. The first Father’s Day was celebrated in Spokane, Washington, on June 10, 1910. Mrs. Sonora Smith Dodd was responsible for its beginning. Mrs. Dodd’s father, a Civil War veteran, raised six children by himself. Her goal was to have a national day to honor all fathers. In 1972, President Richard Nixon declared Father’s Day a national holiday. In America Father’s Day is always celebrated on the third Sunday in June. One hundred eleven other countries celebrate Father’s Day on different dates.
History gives evidence of the major accomplishments of fathers through the centuries from the building of great cathedrals before the days of modern machinery to the present-day technology that has allowed men to walk on the moon. Imagine the number of different job positions filled by fathers today.
Two important roles come from God’s intent. The father is to be the head of his house and family. A second most important role is that of teacher. All fathers teach by example.
The father who loves reaps loyalty.
The father who gives instruction teaches security.
The father who practices gentleness produces greatness.
The father who possesses patience creates appreciation.
The father who teaches discipline generates respect.
The father who lives by faith gives hope.
On this Father’s Day may our fathers experience overwhelming love and appreciation.
You who walked
The winding road
Up the jagged mountain,
You who talked
Beneath your load
Of one eternal fountain,
Forgive the words I said,
Bitter, heedless, blind.
I did not know that your feet bleed
To clear the tracks for mine.
To the families of those whose fathers have given the ultimate sacrifice serving in our military, or as police officers and first responders, we have no words adequate to express the gratitude of the heart except to say thank God for heroes who will never be forgotten.
Happy Father’s Day!
“The Lord bless thee and keep thee: The Lord make His face shine upon thee and be gracious unto thee: The Lord lift up His countenance upon thee and give thee peace.” Numbers 6:23-26