A Father Will

A Father will lead his family in the right way,
He's an example by things he'll do and say;
He's the guardian to his children & spouse,
God planned it like this, for a happy house!

A Father will protect the ones he calls his own,
Provides for them, never to leave them alone;
The father has been given a very special job,
Great shoes to fill from in the Word of God!

A Father will have wisdom, staying strong,
He'll punish the child, who chooses wrong;
At times, his child will feel it's just a test,
All the Father does is always for our best!

A Father will lovingly care, give, & provide,
For the family he calls his, with great pride;
Our Heavenly Father does much more for us,
If we join His family by giving Him our trust!

By Karen Icenhour
Father's Day 2016

ORIGINS OF FATHERíS DAY

The campaign to celebrate the nationís fathers did not meet with the same enthusiasm as Mothers Day.
In 1909, a woman named Sonora Smart Dodd, one of six children raised by a widower, tried to establish an official equivalent to Motherís Day for dads. She called on local churches, the YMCA, shopkeepers and government officials to gather support, and successful: her home state of Washington celebrated the nationís first statewide Fatherís Day on July 19, 1910.


The holiday slowly spread. In 1916, President Wilson honored the day by using telegraph signals to unfurl a flag in Spokane. In 1924, President Calvin Coolidge urged state governments to observe Fatherís Day. However, many men continued scoffed at the holidayís attempts to domesticate manliness or spoke against the use of such holidays as a commercial gimmicks to sell even more products often paid for by the father himself.

During the 1920s and 1930s, a movement arose to scrap Motherís Day and Fatherís Day altogether in
favor of a single holiday, Parentsí Day siting that both parents should be loved and respected together thus de-commercializing the holidays. The movement was deterred during the Depression as struggling retailers and advertisers increased their efforts to make Fatherís Day a Motherís Day equivalent.
When World War II began, advertisers began arguing that Fatherís Day was a way to honor
American troops and support the war effort. By the end of the war, Fatherís Day was a national institution but not a recognized federal holiday.

In 1972, Richard Nixon signed a proclamation finally making Fatherís Day a federal holiday.