I think that I have not said anything original when it comes to Fathers' Day. I think I send the same drivel about this forgettable holiday. Its origins take us back to .... Mothers' Day. In 1909, Sonora Smart Dodd of Spokane, Washington, was inspired by Anna Jarvis and the idea of Mother’s Day. Her father, William Jackson Smart, a farmer and Civil War veteran, was also a single parent who raised Sonora and her five brothers by himself, after his wife Ellen died giving birth to their youngest child in 1898. While attending a Mother’s Day church service in 1909, Sonora, then 27 years old, came up with the idea. I will not go into the whole history, but leave it to a child to honor their parents.
The only trouble with this holiday is that many children do not have a father, or the father they have is either too busy or not around. But we still honor them.
I like to think this is a time to remember the Father of all people, the Father Who gave up His Son for the world, with the Son's full approval and willingness. Father's Day takes on a new dimension when se see how willingly He sacrifices for us:
The Lord works righteousness and justice for all who are oppressed. 7 He made known his ways to Moses, his acts to the people of Israel. 8 The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. 9 He will not always chide, nor will he keep his anger forever. 10 He does not deal with us according to our sins, nor repay us according to our iniquities. 11 For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him; 12 as far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us. 13 As a father shows compassion to his children, so the Lord shows compassion to those who fear him. 14 For he knows our frame; he remembers that we are dust.