Happy Father’s Day!
A celebration of fatherhood began in Catholic Europe in the early 1500’s. It was observed on March 19, the feast of St. Joseph. It was brought to America by the Spanish and Portuguese. The first observance of Father’s Day in America was in 1908, in Fairmont, West Virginia.
Numerous people, including President Woodrow Wilson, tried to get Father’s Day recognized nationwide, but it wasn’t until 1966 that President Lyndon B. Johnson issued the first presidential proclamation declaring the third Sunday in June be set aside to honor fathers. Six years later, President Richard Nixon signed it into law.
Father’s Day is a day of cook outs and breakfast in bed. Of power tools and fishing poles. A day of handprint hearts and macaroni doodles. And, of course, what would Father’s Day be without a tie?
I realize for some, Father’s Day is a reminder of what they have lost or worse, what they never had to begin with. I always say special prayers for those who are suffering the loss of their father or worse, suffering because of him.
But to those who had great fathers…rejoice! Even if they are no longer with you. What a blessing you received! I am grateful for a father who worked very hard to provide for us and that instilled in us a strong faith. (Shout out to my dad, Lewis True…Love you Daddy!)
Also, my husband, Jim, who worked very hard for us but always made time for a skinned knee or a Super Soaker war…thank you for being such a Godly example for our sons.
And to my son, Derek. Thank you for the two beautiful grandsons you have blessed us with. May they see God’s love shine through you as they grow up.
To all those who are trying to have children, I ask God to bless you abundantly and for him to protect all precious life, everywhere.
To all fathers, this prayer I send:
Father bless all earthly fathers today. Help them to act justly, to love mercy and to walk humbly with you. Bless them with strength and good health and give them your grace and love. Amen.