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Faith Lift: Father's Day

This Sunday we will be honoring fathers.  The idea for honoring fathers is as old at the 10 commandments.  Number 5 says, Honor your Father and your Mother.”  Why? “so that your days may be long upon the land.”  Honor your Father and your Mother and you’ll live longer.

While the 5th commandment encourages us to honor our parents year round, in our day we have set aside a special day to honor our mothers and another day to honor our fathers.  In actuality, 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 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.  Her father raised her and her siblings after her mother died in childbirth, and she thought that fathers should get recognition, too. So she asked the minister of the church if he would deliver a sermon honoring fathers on her father's birthday, which was coming up in June, and the minister did. 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 1924 President Calvin Coolidge proclaimed the third Sunday in June as Father's Day.  I didn’t know this, but I discovered that roses are the Father's Day flowers.  I always thought roses were the kiss and make up flowers.  Roses were what I bought when I needed to apologize. 

Truth be told some Father’s would be more honored to have a “Get out of church free card” on Father’s Day.  Many of them would rather be playing golf or napping on the couch or maybe even going fishing.  So my hat’s off to those of you who will come to sit in church and worship God this coming Sunday morning. 

Some may have lost their father at an early age or had an absentee father.  Some may have had a step father or a foster father or an adoptive father.  Some have not had the privilege and responsibility of being a father, but all of us can appreciate being children of a heavenly Father--whom Jesus called “Abba” (which is literally translated, “Daddy.”)  Our heavenly Father cares for us, provides for us and so loved us that he sent His only begotten Son, Jesus, to bring us the good news “to as many as received Jesus have received the power to become children of God. 

I invite you to join us this Sunday to celebrate fathers on earth who ushered us into this world, to remember fathers in heaven who have left this world, and to worship our heavenly Father who is with us in this world and the one to come.      

Jim Gill

Faith Presbyterian Church

3900 N. Main

Baytown, Texas  77521