Father’s Day is Sunday! Who is your father, other than our heavenly Father? Sometimes the person we think of as our father may not be your biological father. Webster’s Dictionary defines father as a man who has begotten a child; first person of the Trinity. My father passed away tragically when I was only ten years old. He was a Chief Petty Officer in the Navy and had two daughters. He was born in South Carolina and had three sisters. That is who he was but that is not the end of his story. The lessons he taught me have stuck with me and helped influence my life.
We all have a story and so do our fathers. Your father may no longer be alive, or he may not live close. You may not know who your father is but someone in your life, close to you, you consider your father. Make sure you tell them this Father’s Day how much they mean to you. I have and have had many men that have helped shape my life throughout my teenage years that I would consider a father figure. Father’s Day is to honor the men who have helped shape our lives, influence us and make us better people. Did you know that Father’s Day is just over 100 years old?
The first Father’s Day was celebrated in Washington State on June 19, 1910. A woman by the name of Sonora Smart Dodd came up with the idea of honoring and celebrating her father as she was listening to a Mother’s Day sermon at church in 1909. She felt as though mothers were getting all the acclaim while fathers were equally deserving of a day of praise (She would probably be displeased that Mother’s Day still gets the lion’s share of attention).
Sonora’s dad was quite a man. William Smart, a veteran of the Civil War, was left a widower when his wife died while giving birth to their sixth child. He raised six children by himself on their small farm in Washington. To show her appreciation for all the hard work and love William gave to her and her siblings, Sonora thought there should be a day to pay homage to him and other dads like him. She initially suggested June 5th, the anniversary of her father’s death, to be the designated day to celebrate Father’s Day. But due to some bad planning, the celebration in Spokane, Washington was deferred to the third Sunday in June.
In 1966, Lyndon B. Johnson, through an executive order, designated the third Sunday in June as the official day to celebrate Father’s Day. However, it wasn’t until 1972, during the Nixon administration, that Father’s Day was officially recognized as a national holiday. History of Father’s Day from www.artofmanliness.com/
Happy Father’s Day,
Christian Education Coordinator