The Committed Father
Father's Day was observed for the first time on June 19, 1910 in Spokane, Washington. The Spokane Ministerial Association persuaded the city fathers to set aside a Sunday "honor thy father". The idea came from a local homemaker, 28 years old, a Mrs. John Bruce Todd, who had been inspired by her father, William Smart, a Civil War Veteran who had raised her and her five brothers after the early death of his wife.
That helps us recognize what Father's Day is really all about: honoring committed fathers.
That's important because there's a lot of evidence that our society is hurting because of the shortage of men who truly father their children. We have too many absent fathers, too many uninvolved fathers, too many irresponsible fathers. As we say, "Anyone can have a child, but it takes a man to be a father."
I heard about Jose DeVinck of Weston, Vermont.
His son, Oliver, was just three months developed in his mother's womb when his mother had an accident. Gas leaked from the stove in their kitchen. In the bedroom, Catherine DeVink lost consciousness.
Jose had already left for work but at the train station remembered he had forgotten something and returned to the house. He immediately smelled gas, found his wife in the bedroom, and carried her outside into the fresh air.
She revived quickly and when Oliver was born he appeared to be a healthy boy.
A couple of months after the birth Catherine was playing with Oliver before an open window. She held up to enjoy the warmth of the fresh air and warmth of the sun. That was when she noticed something odd. Her baby was staring directly into the sun without blinking. Oliver was blind.
Then others problems developed. Oliver had difficulty holding up his head, crawling, and speaking. The gas that Catherine had inhaled had affected Oliver's development. Oliver had suffered severe brain damage.
Oliver lived for thirty-three years and required a huge amou ...
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