Did you know that there are an estimated 70.1 million fathers across the nation according to a recent U.S. census? While it may seem natural to most that mothers are placed in a higher pedestal than fathers in this society, Father’s Day is nevertheless the nation’s fifth largest card-sending holiday. For this special day to honor your father, dad-in-law, son-in-laws, and granddads this Father’s Day, The Gospel Herald has listed out bible verses that may help you in your card writings and gift ideas (listed below).
The history of Father’s Day originated from this nation’s Christian heritage, where the idea of celebrating fathers was conceived slightly more than a century ago by Sonora Dodd of Spokane, Washington.
In 1909, while Dodd listened to a Mother’s Day Bible sermon at church, she wanted a special day to honor her father, William Smart, a widowed Civil War veteran who was left to raise his six children on a farm. In the following year, a day was chosen for the first Father’s Day celebration, June 17, 1910, proclaimed by the Spokane’s mayor because it was the month of Smart’s birth.
But it wasn’t until 1966 did Lyndon Johnson made the first presidential proclamation honoring fathers designating the third Sunday in June as Father’s Day. In 1972, President Richard Nixon signed a law that made this a permanent national holiday to celebrate Father’s Day.