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Fathers Day - History - Poems - Blessings

It’s the first of June, so the questions about Father’s Day 2014 have begun! When is Father’s Day? How and when was Father’s day created?

Originally thought up by Mrs. John Dodd while listening to a sermon based on Mother’s Day in 1909.

She was raised by an only father, as her mother passed during childbirth. Mrs. Tood wanted Father’s Day to be celebrated on June 5 which was the date of her father’s birthday.

Sharing her idea with the YMCA and a group of ministers, they loved the idea; but needed more time to prepare a proper sermon on the father figure.

The first Father’s Day was celebrated on June 19, 1910.

Father’s Day did not become a nationally recognized holiday until President Richard Nixon signed a law in 1972 declaring Father’s Day as the third Sunday in June annually.

The third Sunday in the month of June is Father's Day. Here are the dates for the next five Father's Days:

This year, Father’s Day lands on Sunday, June 15, 2014.
Sunday, June 21, 2015
Sunday, June 19, 2016
Sunday, June 18, 2017
Sunday, June 17, 2018

FATHERS DAY POEMS

Life Lessons
You may have thought I didn't see,
Or that I hadn't heard,
Life lessons that you taught to me,
But I got every word.
Perhaps you thought I missed it all,
And that we'd grow apart,
But Dad, I picked up everything,
It's written on my heart.
Without you, Dad, I wouldn't be
The person I am today;
You built a strong foundation
No one can take away.
I've grown up with your values,
And I'm very glad I did;
So here's to you, dear father,
From your forever grateful kid.
By Joanna Fuchs

You are my hero, Dad
You're my secure foundation.
When I think of you, I'm filled with love
And fond appreciation.
You make me feel protected;
I'm sheltered by your care.
You're always my true friend; and Dad,
When I need you, you're always there.
You have a place of honor
Deep within my heart.
You've been my superhero, Dad,
Right from the very start.
By Joanna Fuchs



Father's Day Prayer
Lord, please bless our fathers,
these men who mean so much to us,
who are greatly responsible
for who we are and who we are becoming.
Bless them for having the courage
to do what's necessary to keep us out of trouble,
for making us do the right thing,
for helping us build our character,
even when it makes us angry;
and bless them for pushing us to do our best,
even when they just want to love us.
Bless our fathers for being our protectors,
for leading us through stormy times to safety,
for making us believe that everything will be all right
and for making it so.
Bless our fathers for quietly making a living
to provide for those they love most,
for giving us food, clothing, shelter
and other necessary and not so necessary material things,
for unselfishly investing time and money in us
that they could have spent on themselves.
Bless our fathers, Lord,
for saving some energy for fun,
for leading us on adventures
to explore the outer reaches of ourselves,
for making us laugh,
for being our playmates and our friends.
Bless them for being our secure foundation, our rock,
for holding on tight to us...until it's time to let us go.
Lord, bless these men we look up to,
our role models, our heroes,
our fathers.

In Jesus' name we pray, Amen.
By Joanna Fuchs




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