FATHER’S DAY - JUNE 2023
NLF COOPERSBURG CHILDREN’S CORNER
Hello boys and girls,
The month of June is when we celebrate ‘Father’s Day’. This year ‘Father’s Day’ is celebrated on Sunday June 18. ‘Father’s Day’ was established in the United States in the early 20th century to complement ‘Mother’s Day’ in celebrating all things relating to ‘fathers’. ‘Father’s Day’ was founded in Spokane, Washington on June 19, 1910, by a lady called Sonora Smart Dodd. It was her to desire to honor her widowed father, William Jackson Smart, a Civil War veteran, who was also a single parent who raised six children.
In 1966, our 36th President Lyndon B. Johnson, proclaimed the third Sunday in June to become officially ‘Father’s Day’. Our 37th President, Richard Nixon was responsible for making ‘Father’s Day’ a national holiday in 1972.
We therefore wish all the dads a very special ‘Father’s Day’ and thank them all for their devotion and for providing for their children. The Bible says that men are the head of the home and therefore they should be a great example of faith and commitment to their children.
In the first book of the Bible, Genesis, a man named Abram was called by God to leave his city and become a tent dweller. He travelled many miles with his wife and family and was promised by God that he would have a son who would be a great blessing to all people. Abram waited 25 years to have a son who he named Isaac. In Genesis Chapter 15:6 we read “Abram believed the Lord and he credited it to him as righteousness.” He was a wonderful father and God blessed him with other children. The nation of Israel came from Isaac’s descendants and Jesus was a direct relative who was born much later and became the Savior of the World. If fathers and their children would follow the great example of Abram’s faith and read about his life and travels in the Bible, they would really benefit from understanding all about a man who God loved so much.
Father’s who love Jesus and their families will be blessed by God. In the Book of Romans Chapter 4:11 we read: “He is the Father of all who believe”. All children who have asked Jesus into their hearts as their personal savior (what we refer to as being saved) have two Fathers, one earthly and one Heavenly, therefore, let us honor them both today.