Fatherís Day

(An article for the June 1989 Deep Cove Crier)
A young father-to-be was pacing back and forth, wringing his hands in the hospital corridor while his wife was in labor. He was tied up in knots of fear and anxiety, and beads of perspiration dropping from his brow revealed the agony of his suffering. Finally, at 4 a.m. a nurse popped out of a door and said, "Well, sir, you have a little girl" He dropped his hands, became limp, and said, "Oh, how I thank God it's a girl. She'll never have to go through the awful agony I've had tonight".

Thank God for Fathers!
While we fathers don't actually experience the direct pain of child-birth, we really care for our wives, and are thankful that in recent years we've finally been allowed into the maternity delivery rooms. Fathers are special, and Father's Day on June 18th is a great day to celebrate the uniqueness of the Dads in our lives. To be Pro-Family is to be Pro-Dad. As one person put it, "If we want better people to make a better world, then we have to begin where people are made in the family"

Origins of Father's Day
In 1910 a special Sunday to pay tribute to fathers was set aside by the Ministerial Society of Spokane, Washington at the suggestion of Mrs. John Bruce Dodd. This was just 3 years after the kickoff of the enormously popular Mother's Day. In 1911 Miss Jane Addams of Chicago, the well-known social worker of Hull House, stirred up Chicago with the same idea. "Poor father has been left out in the cold:' she said. "He doesn't get much recognition" The members of a men's Bible Study in Wilkinsburg, Pennsylvania quickly endorsed the idea. One of them suggested that the official flower should be the dandelion because' "the more it is trampled on, the better it grows" Red roses, however, became the official Father's Day flower.

A Father's Heart
An ancient prophet challenged us to "Turn the hearts of the fathers to their children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers" This is only going to start happening when families start reminding dads daily how deeply they are respected. Dads deeply need our respect and appreciation. And dads need to remember to put their family first (no matter how busy they get). Children deeply need their dad's hugs, kisses, and prayers.
Happy Father's Day!

by The Reverend Ed Hird
St. Simon's Anglican Church

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