Fathers Are Especially Special

Deep Cove Crier June, 1992
More than ever before, in this dog-eat-dog world of the 1990's, fathers need to be reminded how much they mean to each of us. Father's Day, each Third Sunday of June, is an annual opportunity to tell our Dads that they are especially special to us. Father's Day was invented in 1910, just 3 years after the kickoff of the enormously popular Mother's Day. The local Clergy Association in Spokane, Washington, with the assistance of Mrs. John Bruce Dodd, were the first to set aside the 3rd Sunday of every June to pay tribute to fathers.

Dad The Bridge
Why are Dads so significant in each of our lives? Dads are significant, because they represent the world beyond, the unknown beyond the mother's arms, the halfway house from childhood to adulthood. At the very point where teens are rebelling hardest against their mother's values, fathers can represent a source of transitional security. When there is no father to serve as a bridge into adulthood, adolescence can be a doubly scary time. DADS, you are needed ... DADS, you are special,.. DADS, we appreciate how much you have given to make your families strong.

The Father Heart
In a very deep and profound way, dads are irreplaceable. That is why the bible challenges us to "turn the hearts of the fathers to their children, and the hearts of the children to the fathers". Many fathers don't really know how to be fathers, because their father was never really there for them. The good news for Father's Day is that, no matter how healthy or unhealthy our relationship with our father was, all of us have the Potential to experience the FATHER HEART of God. God our Father tells us that even if our father abandoned us, God is willing to take us into his fatherly arms and make it up to us (Psalm 27:10).

Time with Dad
There was a time when more critical of the job done by fathers in our contemporary society. Since then Iíve become a father myself of three lively sons and I've discovered that fathering is a tougher job than I expected. Like most fathers, I am very busy, and I struggle to give my boys both quality and quantity time. As someone said, TIME equals LOVE, If I wait until I have plenty of time to play with my boys, very little playing will take place. I have discovered that my children don't really care if whether I am the smartest or most successful person in the world. What really matters is that I love them enough to play with them and listen to them. My prayer for this month is that more and more fathers will experience the Father Heart of God as they play with their children.

The Rev. Ed Hird
Rector, St. Simon'sAnglican Church

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