The history of Father’s Day is interesting. The first known celebration was proposed by Sonora Dodd who had the idea come to her while sitting in a Sunday service on Mother’s Day in 1909. She desired to honor her father, Civil War veteran William Jackson Smart, who as a single parent, raised six children. The first celebration took place in the YMCA in Spokane, Washington, in 1910 with her father present!
In 1916, Ms. Dodd would meet President Woodrow Wilson and try to convince him to declare it a National Day. The idea, would be rejected by congress on two different occasions, and it would not gain the status of a nationally recognized day until 1966 when President Lyndon Johnson issued the first presidential proclamation honoring fathers. It would take six more years before it would become an official National Holiday, when President Richard Nixon signed it into law in 1972.
While the official holiday to honor dads may have an ambiguous history, GOD’s plan for a man has been firmly defined since creation!
In this message, Pastor Joe Still leads us to honor and celebrate dads and look to GOD’s Word for HIS clear and incredible plan for every man.