May 31 2008

Father’s Day

 

I Miss You Dad!

 

The Christian Evangelist Rev. Billy Graham said:

“A good father is one of the most unsung, unpraised, unnoticed, and yet one of the most valuable assets in our society.” 

History and Background of Father’ Day:

        The idea for creating a day for children to honor their fathers began in Spokane, Washington. A woman by the name of Sonora Smart Dodd thought of the idea for Father’s Day while listening to a Mother’s Day sermon in 1909.

        Having been raised by her father, William Jackson Smart, after her mother died, Sonora wanted her father to know how special he was to her. It was her father that made all the parental sacrifices and was, in the eyes of his daughter, a courageous, selfless, and loving man. Sonora’s father was born in June, so she chose to hold the first Father’s Day celebration in Spokane, Washington on the 19th of June, 1910.

        In 1926, a National Father’s Day Committee was formed in New York City. Father’s Day was recognized by a Joint Resolution of Congress in 1956. In 1972, President Richard Nixon established a permanent national observance of Father’s Day to be held on the third Sunday of June. So Father’s Day was born in memory and gratitude by a daughter who thought that her father and all good fathers should be honored with a special day just like we honor our mothers on Mother’s Day.

Poem by an Unknown Author:

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

Scriptures Just for Dad:

1 Chronicles 29:17
I know, my God, that you test the heart and are pleased with integrity … (NIV)
Deuteronomy 1:29-31
Then I said to you, “Do not be terrified; do not be afraid of them. The LORD your God, who is going before you, will fight for you, as he did for you in Egypt, before your very eyes, and in the desert. There you saw how the LORD your God carried you, as a father carries his son, all the way you went until you reached this place.” (NIV)
Joshua 1:9
…Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go. (NIV)
Malachi 4:6
He will turn the hearts of the fathers to their children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers; or else I will come and strike the land with a curse. (NIV)
Psalm 103:13
As a father has compassion on his children, so the LORD has compassion on those who fear him; (NIV)
Proverbs 3:11-12
My son, do not despise the LORD’s discipline
and do not resent his rebuke,
because the LORD disciplines those he loves,
as a father the son he delights in.
(NIV)

Proverbs 3:32
For the LORD detests a perverse man
but takes the upright into his confidence.
(NIV)

Proverbs 10:9
The man of integrity walks securely,
but he who takes crooked paths will be found out.
(NIV)

Proverbs 17:24
A discerning man keeps wisdom in view,
but a fool’s eyes wander to the ends of the earth.
(NIV)

Proverbs 17:27
A man of knowledge uses words with restraint,
and a man of understanding is even-tempered.
(NIV)

Proverbs 23:22
Listen to your father, who gave you life,
and do not despise your mother when she is old.
(NIV)

Proverbs 23:24
The father of a righteous man has great joy;
he who has a wise son delights in him.
(NIV)

Ephesians 6:4
Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord. (NIV)

Colossians 3:21
Fathers, do not embitter your children, or they will become discouraged. (NIV)

Hebrews 12:7
Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as sons. For what son is not disciplined by his father? (NIV)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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