This coming Sunday is a day set aside to honor our fathers. It was Senora Smart Dodd who set aside a day to remember her own father while listening to a sermon on Mother’s Day in Spokane, Washington, in May 1909. Her father was a Civil war veteran who raised six children as a single parent. It was just over a year later that the first Father’s Day was observed in the Spokane YMCA on June 19, 1910. It was not until 62 years later that Congress designated the third Sunday in June as a permanent day to honor fathers. President Richard Nixon signed it into law in 1972.
As I think about a day to honor fathers, I realize that there are good fathers and there are bad fathers. Even the best fathers are not perfect. I had a wonderful father who left this earth in 1994 at the age of 90 years. He left behind a legacy and I am where I am today because of the things he taught me.
My father taught me respect for all people. He taught me to always be honest and always pay bills on time. My dad never owned a credit card. His word was his bond. His family was important to him. He was married to my mother for sixty one years at the time of his death.
He was the hardest working man that I have ever known. He provided well for his family. We were not rich by worldly standards but had many things that money could not buy. We had food to eat and a mother who could take a little and cook a big meal fit for a king.
My dad did not have a formal education but that does not mean that he was not educated. He could do a lot of things that even today I cannot do. My Dad loved to read the Bible. Many times I have watched him read his large print Bible moving his lips as he read.
Attending church was a very important to my Dad. He would not work on Sunday because that was the Lord’s Day and it was a day to go to God’s house for worship. He never stopped attending church. Even after he could no longer drive friends came and transported him and my mother to church.
I have so many precious memories of my father. I do not mean to sound boastful but I know that God gave me the greatest father in the world. I can only hope that you feel the same way about your father. If you are reading this blog and your father is still living, why not make it a day to attend church together. The ladies in our church prepare and serve a breakfast on Father’s Day as a way to honor the fathers in our church family.