Today is Father’s Day:
[I]n 1909. Sonora Smart Dodd, a young person in Spokane, Washington, was listening to a Mother’s Day sermon in church. Sonora’s mother had died in childbirth, and her father, Henry Jackson Smart, a Civil War veteran and farmer, was raising Sonora and her five siblings as a single parent. Sonora decided, then and there, to celebrate a special day to honor her father.
In 1924, U.S. President Calvin Coolidge officially urged Americans to celebrate a national Father’s Day. By 1966, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed a Presidential Proclamation, designating the third Sunday of June as Father’s Day. President Richard M. Nixon signed a 1972 bill, making the holiday legal, official and permanent.
Following are some Bible verses that seem appropriate to the day:
The father of one who is right with God will have much joy. He who has a wise son will be glad in him. Proverbs 23:24.
I guide you in the way of wisdom and lead you along straight paths. When you walk, your steps will not be hampered; when you run, you will not stumble. Hold on to instruction, do not let it go; guard it well, for it is your life. Proverbs 204:11-13.
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. 1 Corinthians 2013:4-8.
You’ve kept track of my every toss and turn through the sleepless nights, each tear entered in Your ledger, each ache written in your book. Psalm 56:8.
A righteous man who walks in his integrity – How blessed are his sons after him. Proverbs 20:7.
Happy Father’s Day to all!