Fatherhood has been around for eons, especially since the Lord God Almighty is the greatest Father of all. God patterned the role of Father after Himself and He is the epitome. The greatest and most wonderful example of what a true Father should act like. So what are some of the examples that God the Father has left as a pattern that all men who want to be good Fathers should imitate? The first and greatest example is that God the Father is always faithful; second, He is always there for His children; thirdly, He truly knows how to love His children; fourth, He occasionally spoils His children and lavishes us with His gifts, both spiritual and physical, and fifth, He knows how to lovingly discipline us as well when we need His strong, guiding Hand. In the sixth place, He is our provider and keeps us fed, clothed and gives us physical shelter from the elements. Finally, the seventh example is this: He is our spiritual protector as well and has provided us with eternal life and places us in the midst of his hedge so that even though our enemy, the adversary walks about like a great roaring lion, he cannot touch us when the Lord God Almighty is our shield and our buckler.
This writer did not deliberately place these numbered examples in this order. In fact, this writer was simply writing and when I had placed the second example, I just kept writing. Afterwards, as I was reading what I wrote to check for clarity, I was adding the rest of the numbers in their order and could barely believe how it turned out. This, my friends was the Hand of God in action. Why? It came out too perfect, that is why. Totally awesome is the Lord God Almighty. All right men, those of you who are already fathers and those who someday would like to have his own children...read it and listen up.
- God is always Faithful
- God is always there
- God always loves
- God is the Great Giver
- God's Grace disciplines us
- God meets our physical needs
- God is our Spiritual life-giver and protector
If this writer had tried to come up with this list from the flesh, I would have been sitting at my computer all day...reality really bytes. So Fathers living here upon earth...here is your list...keep it in front of you at all times and imitate...imitate...imitate!
- Fathers...remain faithful to your family
- Fathers...stay there and just be there
- Fathers...love your children
- Fathers...Give your self to your children
- Fathers...don't be afraid to lovingly discipline your children
- Fathers...make sure you provide for your children
- Fathers...you can't give your children eternal life....but you can lead them to the Lord Jesus Christ who can.
So when did people begin to actually set aside a special day to commemorate our Fathers? There is a possibility that it was first started after a mining accident in Monongah, WV in December 1907 and subsequently a memorial service was held in 1908. Another possibility is that it was felt that because Mother's were being honored so should Fathers. The first time that it was celebrated in June was in 1910 when Sonora Smart Dodd wanted to honor her father who raised all six of his children by himself after his wife died. In that day, most men who became widowers quickly remarried or placed their children in the care of others. Finally, it became a national holiday in 1972 by President Nixon signing it into law. A little tidbit: In different languages we say: Fathers' Day in English and Día del Padre in Spanish; יום האב in Hebrew and Vatertag in German.
So men....Fathers....Happy Father's Day, Día del Padre, יום האב, and Vatertag!