Honoring Dads…

Published Date Author: , May 24th, 2011

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When Sonora Smart Dodd of Spokane, Washington was only 16 years old, her mother died, leaving her father alone to raise 6 children. William Smart was a Civil War veteran whose life radically changed as he became not only the breadwinner but also the mother to six kids in her absence. That was in 1910.

Three years earlier, in December of 1907, a coal mine exploded in the city of Monongah, West Virginia, killing nearly 500 people. The accident left about 250 widows and over 1,000 fatherless children. Like Sonora Smart’s story, it was a tragic disaster that took fathers from the lives of wives and children.

In June of 1910, Sonora Smart (Dodd) decided that her father and many other fathers who had been lost to disasters and accidents should be honored. Mother’s Day had been created in 1908 and she felt that it was time for dads, especially missing dads, to be recognized for who they were and what they meant to their families. She did not want them to be forgotten.

Sonora’s dream began to take shape, but it wasn’t until about 40 years later in 1957 when a US Senator from Maine, Margaret Chase Smith, reminded the country that we had neglected to take this important step to honor fathers officially in a national observance. In 1966, President Lyndon B Johnson made an official proclamation and called for the third Sunday in June to be set aside for Father’s Day. Finally, President Richard M Nixon signed it into law in 1972.

Long before President Nixon made Father’s Day official for the US, God had given the command to Moses in the book of Exodus: “Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the LORD your God is giving you.” Exodus 20:12 (see also Deut 5:16, Leviticus 19:3)

God’s marvelous plan for mankind makes it clear that the expected order of things is that we give deference and due diligence to our parents, both mother and father. Because God is involved in the process of having a child, He has established rightness and order and would have us not only have a feeling of love for our Fathers, but also respect them, even in their absence.

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