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
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.