A woman called Sonora Smart Dodd was an influential figure in the establishment of Father’s Day. Her father raised six children by himself after the death of their mother. This was uncommon at that time, as many widowers placed their children in the care of others or quickly married again.
Sonora was inspired by the work of Anna Jarvis, who had pushed for Mother’s Day celebrations. Sonora felt that her father deserved recognition for what he had done. The first time Father’s Day was held in June of 1910. Father’s Day was officially recognized as a holiday in 1972 by President Nixon.
So…what place will Father’s Day have in your life on June 17, 2012?
If you have a father who is living…don’t let the day go by without letting him know that you are thinking about him. Phone calls are great. Emails meet a need. But, the best of all (in my opinion as a father!) is a handwritten note/card that shows gratitude and love. This takes time…the best way to spell love. Handmade treasures are great, too. Father’s don’t care about how much money is spent on a gift…it’s the time that communicates. Time to think about, pray for and put in writing your feelings for your dad. Don’t wait until it’s too late to say those things that matter! Read Ephesians 6:2
If you are a father…pray for your children. Thank God for the privilege of not only being a "daddy" but also being a "father…" one who gently guides, loves on and "hugs" the kids God has blessed you with. Maybe turn the table and you be the one to write the note to your child(ren) expressing appreciation for the blessings each has brought into your life. Read Ephesians 6:4
No matter what, take an opportunity to worship your Heavenly Father…some folks have a tough time "loving" their earthly fathers due to the father’s ineffectiveness, lack of love or even abuse. However, even through the tough times of not having a positive earthly father figure, our Heavenly Father is always there to love on us and be our sufficiency. Take some "alone time" to meditate on the awesomeness of your Heavenly Father and thank Him for all he has done, is currently doing and will continue to do in your life. Read Psalm 68:5