This year, 2018, we’re celebrating Father’s Day on June 17. Why do we pick one day to celebrate fatherhood? And how did this celebration come about? I did a little checking. As with many holidays, there are differences of opinion.
This is one story.
Our modern version of the celebration of Father’s Day is said to be the results of the efforts of Sonora Louise Smart Dodd from Sokane, Washington. I’m told the idea came to her mind in 1909 while listening to a Mother’s Day sermon. She had been raised primarily by her father after the death of her mother. She thought (as I would) since we celebrate motherhood, it’s just as important to celebrate the father’s contribution to the family. Ms. Dodd began campaigning for the celebration with the support of the local Ministerial Association and Young Men’s Christian Association. As a result of her efforts Spokane celebrated their first Father’s Day on June 19, 1910. By word of mouth the notion slowly gained popularity and spread throughout the United States.
President Woodrow Wilson in 1916 acknowledged the special day in 1916.
President Calvin Coolidge supported the idea of a national Father’s day in 1924.
President Lyndon Johnson signed a presidential proclamation declaring the third Sunday of June as Father’s Day in 1966.
But it wasn’t until 1972 that President Richard Nixon established a permanent national observance of Father’s Day.
Other theories of the day's origin:
Other stories place the first Father’s Day church service in West Virginia in 1908.
The first ceremony to celebrate the day was held in Vancouver, Washington.
Mrs. Charles Clayton of West Virginia is said to be the founder of Father’s Day,
In some countries Father’s Day is celebrated on St. Joseph’s Day, which is March 19.
I read on report that 4000 years ago a child carved the first Father's Day card on a stone tablet.
Quotations to think about:
“Children have more need of models than critics.”
Attributed to French moralist Joseph Joubert (1754-1824)
“The righteous lead blameless lives; blessed are their children after them.” Proverbs 20:7 NIV
“These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up." Deuteronomy 6:6-7 NIV
June 2018 New Releases More in-depth descriptions of these books can be found on the ACFW Fiction Finder website.
A Vast and Gracious Tide by Lisa Carter -- After losing his closest friends and now his girlfriend to the ravages of war, Caden Wallis arrives on the Outer Banks for one final mission--to thank the woman who sent him a quilt while he was recuperating at Walter Reed Army Hospital. McKenna Dockery knows about loss. She juggles the family business, her ailing father, and an aging grandmother. Much to Caden's surprise, she--not some elderly lady--is the quilter. The quilt was something she'd begun for her future husband but shipped to the military hospital after the tragic death of her fiancé. When a man is found snared in a net and murdered on McKenna's property, she and Caden must work together to bring the killer to justice. (Romantic Suspense from Gilead Publishing)
Ransom of the Heart by Susan Page Davis -- Police Captain Harvey Larson’s exhausting day takes a big detour when a teenaged girl approaches him at the diner, announcing that she is his daughter. When Harvey is on his way home from work a few hours later, his sister-in-law Abby calls him. She went to meet her husband for a dinner date and found a dead man on the floor at his place of business, and Peter has vanished. Harvey calls in his detectives and turns his car around. It’s going to be a long night, too. Once again, Harvey depends on his wits, his faith, and his squad, the Priority Unit, to solve a tough case and carry out Maine Justice. (Romantic Suspense from Tea Tin Press)
The mundane becomes inspiration.