According to World Book Encyclopedia - Sonora Louise Smart Dodd of Spokane, Wash., got the idea to set aside a special day to honor fathers in 1909, after listening to a sermon on Mother's Day. She wanted to honor her father, William Jackson Smart. Smart's wife died in 1898, and he raised their six children on his own. Dodd drew up a petition recommending adoption of a national father's day. The Spokane Ministerial Association and the local Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA) supported it. Through Sonora Dodd's efforts, Spokane celebrated the first Father's Day on June 19, 1910. Over the years, many resolutions to make the day an official national holiday were introduced. Finally, in 1972, President Richard M. Nixon signed Father's Day into law.
Last weekend my dad was here for a visit - not because of father's day but because I got older and we were able to visit and before he left I wished him a happy Father's day just in case I forgot today. I know not everyone had or has a great dad like mine or I'm trying to be but we all have a Heavenly Father that is perfect if we so choose to be his child.
Dear Lord, Thank you
- For being a Father too us
- For the earthly fathers you have given us