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The Origin of Fathers Day
In 1909 in Spokane, Washington, a Christian woman named Sonora Louise Smart Dodd, first thought of a day to honor her father, Henry Jackson Smart. She was in church that day listening to a Mother’s Day sermon when the idea came to her.
For her, since the death of her mother, she was raised and nurtured by her father. In her eyes, her father is the most wonderful man; courageous, loving, selfless, and all that God meant a father to be. And since her father’s birthday was in June, Sonora celebrated the first Father’s Day on June 19th,1910.
Fourteen years later, in 1924, President Calvin Coolidge proclaimed the third Sunday in June as Father’s Day. In 1972, President Nixon established a permanent U.S. observance of Father’s Day to be held on the third Sunday of June.
So the idea for creating a day for children to honor their fathers began in the heart of a woman in Spokane, Washington. Since then Father’s day is being celebrated throughout the world on the 3rd Sunday of June every year.
In our church, we honor all fathers and uphold them with our prayers that they will be all that God wants them to be; a loving husband to his wife, an exemplary father to his children, and a contributing citizen to the Kingdom of God and to society.
“Walk a little slower, Daddy,”
said a child so small.
“I’m following in your footsteps
and I don’t want to fall.
Sometimes your steps are very fast,
Sometimes they’re hard to see;
So walk a little slower, Daddy,
For you are leading me.
Someday when I’m all grown up,
You’re what I want to be;
Then I will have a little child
Who’ll want to follow me?
And I would want to lead just right,
And know that I was true;
So, walk a little slower, Daddy,
For I must follow you.”
~ Author Unknown
To All Father’s And Those In Their Shoes
Father’s Day is a day to celebrate fathers. Fathers play an important role in their children’s lives. The fathers are there regularly. The fathers that support their children emotionally, physically, and financially.
There are “plus” fathers (stepdads) or boyfriends/ significant others, who have stepped in, GOOD JOB! You are amazing!
For some children, fathers do not exist. They have moms that play both the role of the mother and father, grandparents that play the role of the mother and father, friends, family, or they may be in foster care or left on their own.
In some situations, we have those extraordinary cases where the fathers play mom and dad. In my family alone, there were at one point 6 single dads. Taking care of their children, all alone.
As for me, from the age of 9 years old, I did not have a steady father figure in my life. I have told the story before about this. I did meet my biological father in 2012. He has not been a steady part of my life either. I am okay with this. It was not until about a little over a year ago that I realized, I truly did have “daddy issues”. I decided to just tell both “dad’s” how I felt. I personally do not see that it made a difference at all. Again, it is okay.
As for my children, they are wonderful fathers. My youngest son has three children. There are obstacles he faces with his oldest child because he and his first wife are divorced, the issues are being worked on, that does not make him less than a good father. Children are all different and they definitely are not what we expect them to be. They do not come with a handbook, they have their own personalities, you cannot change them. You learn to work with them, they are human too, just little ones.
My oldest son just became a father. He is absolutely amazing.
I tried to make ensure that my children had a good father, my first husband was the best father until we divorced, then the relationship with my children became almost non-existent. Now that they are older, he is closer to my oldest son. My second husband was very close to my youngest son, however, since our separation and divorce well over 2 years ago, that relationship is non-existent as well.
I failed, I truly failed my boys. I tried to do the best for them, but when it came to male role models, I failed them. I just hope as a mom, I was able to be the best mom and dad for them.
I was blessed to have two great fathers-in-law. Currently, I am beyond blessed with Ed’s father. He is an amazing father and man, full of wisdom, he is caring, he is an honorable man. I have so much respect for him, he is the epitome of a good husband and a great father.
I believe Ed is a good father. I love spending time with his son when we can and watching the two of them together.
One of THE very best fathers I have ever witnessed in my lifetime is my brother. My brother has faced a lifetime of adversity and yet he has overcome every roadblock and obstacle put before him. For the majority of my niece’s life, my brother was a single dad. My brother went through very traumatizing and emotional several years in his life during my niece’s younger years. His daughter always came first and I did my best to be there to help him. He now has two sons (one with my sister in law and one from her previous marriage). Those children are blessed to have a wonderful father such as he is.
So for ALL of the father out there that are trying their hardest to love their children, support their children, and make a difference in their lives, GOOD JOB!
To all of the moms that play dual roles, GOOD JOB!
To all of the grandparents, family members, and friends that have stepped in to raise a child, GOOD JOB!
To all of the stepdad’s, you are a plus dad, not a step, a PLUS, GOOD JOB!
Dads, please know that your kids need you, they look up to you, they need your time most of all. Build them up, don’t tear them down. Listen to them, support them. Have conversations with them. Teach them right from wrong, pray with them, teach them about God. Teach them how to be respectful, teach them manners, teach them, love, teach them humanity, teach them how to be even better parents! They emulate and imitate what they see. Be the greatest example for them!
Making special time alone with your child(ren) is essential. Make them feel special and have unforgettable moments.
What Makes A Dad
God took the strength of a mountain,
The majesty of a tree,
The warmth of a summer sun,
The calm of a quiet sea,
The generous soul of nature,
The comforting arm of night,
The wisdom of the ages,
The power of the eagle’s flight,
The joy of a morning in spring,
The faith of a mustard seed,
The patience of eternity,
The depth of a family need,
Then God combined these qualities,
When there was nothing more to add,
He knew His masterpiece was complete,
And so, He called it … Dad
~ Author Unknown
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Here is a song for those “Plus Dads” out there