Sunday, June 20, 2010
Happy Father's Day to the fathers out there.
Father's Day may be even more special to me than Mother's Day, and it's not because one parent is any more important than the other. It's just that strong men who love their wives and children through it all truly stand out to me. Society seems to make it all too easy for men to walk away, and I truly believe that it is important that we pray for our families, and our fathers in particular.
Today at church, Pastor Jaron had all the fathers come to the front of the church. It was quite a sight to see these guys line up all the way across the front of the church--some old, so young, some with one child, others with several. These men came forward and bowed their heads as Pastor prayed over their lives. Some were standing there actually holding hands as they received the blessing and strength that come through prayer. Some wiped away tears as we as a church stretched forth our hands and prayed that they would continue to stand up as men of honor, commitment, and integrity, as husbands who will love their wives as Christ loves the church, as fathers who will model true faithfulness to God and their families. Men with hands lifted and hearts humbled is always a touching scene for me.
Yes, they need our prayers. It's not always easy to take a stand, to do what's right even when it seems everything is going wrong, to rejoice with the family in the good and the bad, and to trust the Lord's strength even in one's own weakness. But that's what we want for men--and that's what this nation and world need. And their children, of all ages, need them now more than ever, it seems. They need a sense of security that comes from a man committed to being a dad sold out to his family and his God.
My dad died at the young age of 47 almost 17 years ago. But I am so blessed to get to witness at Rock Solid Church fathers who have poured themselves into the lives of their children, and those who have become surrogate fathers to the children of others.
Happy Father's Day, and God bless you all.
Below is an appropriate song for Father's Day. Yes, let this be said of every dad out there. What a legacy. Enjoy John Waller's "The Blessing."
Update: Happy 100th Birthday, Father's Day!
You could call Sonora Smart Dodd the "Mother of Father's Day." After all, the holiday, celebrating its 100th anniversary this year, was inspired by her.
Dodd's mother died in 1898 while giving birth, leaving her father, William Jackson Smart, to raise Dodd and her five younger brothers (including the newborn baby) on a remote farm near Spokane, Wash. While attending a Mother's Day sermon in 1909, Dodd decided that fathers deserve the same recognition.
Within a year, she -- along with some help from her pastor, the Rev. Conrad Bluhm, the Spokane YMCA and the Ministerial Alliance -- did it: June 19, 1910, was designated as the first Father's Day. Throughout Spokane that day, Sunday sermons were themed around the importance of fatherhood.
Read more here.