For many of us, the month of June commemorates the beginning of summer, and our vacations are underway. It’s also the month that we recognize all the fathers and father figures that have made a meaningful impact in our lives. On Sunday, June 19, the nation observes Father’s Day.

The first Father’s Day took place on June 19, 1910 in Spokane, Washington through the determination of Sonora Smart Dodd, a Christian woman and the daughter of American Civil War veteran William Jackson Smart. Sonora’s mother died when she was age 16 and her father single-handedly raised her and her five siblings. Once she began petitioning the idea of an official Father’s Day, she met some opposition. A bill was introduced in Congress in 1913 to make it an official holiday, but Congress resisted. After many years, President Lyndon Johnson made a proclamation in 1966 for the third Sunday of June to be Father’s Day.

The ideals of fatherhood are strong in the Bible. Our God is portrayed as a loving Father and Jesus also described God as his own Father. God created men to be the leaders in our families, homes and communities. It’s a great reminder to honor the father, father figure and our Heavenly Father.

“Children are a heritage from the Lord, offspring a reward from him. Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are children born in one’s youth. Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them,” – Psalm 127:3-5. Have a blessed Father’s Day.

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Kelly Wise Valdes
Kelly Wise Valdes has been writing for the Osprey Observer since 2008. She graduated in 1989 from Florida Southern College with a B.S. in Communications and enjoys writing and traveling. She currently resides in northern Hillsborough County with her husband, David. When not traveling and writing, Kelly and her husband enjoy spending time with their five grown children (as well as their grandchildren) that still keep them very busy.