Fathering a child is truly a blessing from God. Answering a primal call, it memorializes a man, proves his virility, and fulfills his destiny of passing his unique genetic bloodline on to the next generation. Fatherhood offers a man a level of respect and is universally recognized as one of his most important achievements. However, is it really that much a personal accomplishment?
Proof of true masculinity however, is not to be found simply in the act of procreation. If you are looking for a title that carries some real weight . . . try being a real DAD!
Contrary to the hit most men are taking in today's mainstream pop culture, the overwhelming majority of men by and far meet or exceed the duties and responsibilities of a being a real Dadthat of being a provider, role model, being sagacious, dependable, trustworthy, and most important of all . . . loving.
The honoring of your father has been traced from humble and heartfelt beginnings to the creation of the first official Father's Day observance . . .
The first accepted documented version of the setting aside of a special day for a child to honor his or her father was by a woman named Sonora Smart Dodd from Spokane, Washington. It occurred to her that a day was needed to create a special Father's Day. She arrived at this conclusion while attending church and listening to her pastor's Mother's Day sermon in 1909. Sonora, having been raised by her father, William Jackson Smart, after the early passing of her mother, wanted her father to know how very special he was in her life.
It was her selfless dad that made all the parental sacrifices and was, in her eyes, a courageous, sage, and loving man. Since her father was born in June, she chose to hold the first Father's Day celebration in Spokane, on the 19th of June, 1910.
A National Father's Day Committee was formed in 1926 in New York City, for the express purpose of creating a formal Father's Day. Their proclamation was finally approved by a Joint Resolution of Congress in 1956. But it wasn't until 1972 that President Richard Nixon established the first permanent national observance of Father's Day, which was designated to be held on the third Sunday of each June.
So it's from a grateful, warm heart of a child, that we now hold aside at least one special Sunday in June just to honor our Fathers and show them some measure of gratitude, just as we honor our wonderful mothers on Mother's Day.
Today, as it has been and will continue to be every single day of my life, I recall the fond memories I have for the one man that set the bar so high for me to reach in becoming what is my most important achievementbeing DAD to my five wonderful kidsGod rest your pure soul, my dear Uncle Joe. I miss and love you dearly . . . you were my real dad.
There nothing more important in life that a man can do that carries more of Gods blessing than that of being a DAD.
Happy Father's Day!