When Fathers Go Wrong: A Father's Day Message by Stan Coffey

When Fathers Go Wrong: A Father's Day Message
Stan Coffey
1 Samuel 18:33

OUTLINE:

I. THE STORY OF A REBELLIOUS SON
II. THE SORROW OF A FATHER'S HEART
III. THE RETRIBUTION FOR A PAST SIN
IV. THE TRAGEDY OF A WASTED LIFE
V. A PICTURE OF THE HEART OF GOD

The idea for children to honor their fathers began in Spokane, Washington. A woman by the name of Sonora Smart Dodd thought of the idea for Father's Day while listening to a Mother's Day sermon in 1909. Having been raised by her father, William Jackson Smart,

after her mother died, Sonora wanted her father to know how special he was to her. It was her father that made all the parental sacrifices and was in the eyes of his daughter, a courageous, selfless, and loving man. Sonora's father was born in June, so she chose to hold the first Father's Day celebration in Spokane, Washington on the 19th of June.

In 1926 a National Father's Day Committee was formed in New York City. Father's Day was recognized by a Joint Resolution of Congress in 1956. In 1972, President Richard Nixon established a permanent national observance of Father's Day to be held on the third Sunday of June. So Father's Day was born in memory and gratitude by a daughter who thought that her father and all good fathers should be honored with a special day just as we honor our mothers on mother's day.

Some years ago Holly Dunn recorded a song entitled, ''Daddy's Hands'' It pretty well describes the ideal father and how all of us would like to be able to remember hands. The lyrics go like this:

''I remember daddy's hands folded silently in prayer
And reachin' out to hold me, when I had a nightmare
You could read quite a story in the callous' and lines
Years of work and worry had left their mark behind

I remember daddy's hands how they held my mama tight
And patted my back for something done right
There are things that I'd forgotten that I loved about the man
But I'll always remember the love in daddy's hands

Daddy's h ...


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