On the eve of Father’s day, I convey my heartfelt wishes to all fathers
around globe. Honor your father and mother.” This is the first of the
Ten Commandments that ends with a promise. And this is the promise: If
you honor your father and mother, “you will live a long life, full of
blessing.” And now a word to you fathers. Don’t make your children angry
by the way you treat them. Rather, bring them up with the discipline
and instruction approved by the Lord. Ephesians Chapter 6 verses 2 – 4.
Fathers are the biggest source of strength for a child. The innocent
eyes of a child perceive father as the all-powerful, most knowledge,
truly affectionate and the most important person in the family. For
daughters, fathers are the first men they adore and fall in love with.
While for sons their fathers are the strongest person they know and
someone they aspire to emulate. Even for the grownups fathers are
someone whom they look up to for the most experienced and honest advice
that is always in the best of our interest. For this great figure in our
life that we know as father – it becomes our utmost duty to pay our
humblest tribute on the occasion of Father’s Day.
Children blessed with a loving father should consider themselves
fortunate. For, they have someone to take care of their needs and
interests. Someone to stop them when they are diverting to a wrong path
and guide them on a road to success and virtue. For many of us fathers
have always been there to solve our in numerous mathematics and science
problems and explain the same formula hundredth time or better still
until it is understood by us. Fathers would never ever give a smallest
of hint to let us know how hard they work to take care of our needs and
fulfil even the most whimsical of demands… For all their adorable
scolding and affectionate punishments we all owe a big thanks to our
Dads.
Father’s Day is a beautiful festival that acknowledges and appreciates
the important role played by a father in raising the child and
consequently building a stronger society. Though fathers have been
revered at all times by civilizations across the globe ironically what
was missing until the last century was the official recognition of the
significance of fathers in one’s life. The idea of celebrating Father’s
Day Festival was given by Ms Sonora Dodd, a loving daughter from
Spokane. Her father Henry Jackson Smart single-handedly raised Sonora
and five of her siblings after the death of her mother during
childbirth. When Sonora attended a Mother’s Day Sermon in 1909, she
thought that if there is the day to honor mother then there should also
be a corresponding day to honor fathers. Sonora worked relentlessly for
years to ensure that the idea of Father’s Day becomes a reality. In 1924
President Calvin Coolidge first recognized Father’s Day. In view of the
massive popularity of the festival, in 1972, President Richard Nixon
established a permanent national observance of Father’s Day to be held
on the third Sunday of June.
Over the years, the concept of celebrating Father’s Day spread beyond
geographical boundaries. Today, millions of children across the world
express gratitude for their dads as they celebrate Father’s Day
festival.
Historians have recorded that there was a tradition to celebrate
Father’s Day even thousands of years ago. Their study say that 4,000
years ago in Babylon a son called Elmesu carved a father’s day message
on a clay card. In his message Elmesu wished his father a long and
healthy life. There is no knowledge as to what happened to this father
son duo but it is believed that several countries retained the custom of
celebrating Father’s Day.
Father’s Day also brings with it the wonderful opportunity to apologize
for all our rude and insensitive behaviour. We as children often take
the love and affection of our parents for granted and treats them with
outright contempt. We need to apologize. We must feel great to have the
presence of loving father in our lives and do not disrespect the
blessing of God on us. On Father’s Day we must says “Sorry” to our Dad
and seek their forgiveness for our wrong behaviour.
We must make all efforts to celebrate Father’s Day with our Dad.
Children staying away from father must especially strive to spend the
day with father and show gratitude for all their support and love. We
must pamper father by spending the day in a manner he likes most. It
could be going out for a picnic or indulging him with a gourmet meal. We
can also express love with thoughtful gifts accompanied by a bouquet of
his favorite flowers. The idea is to show our affection and tell Daddy
how much he is loved and appreciated not just on Father’s Day but every
single day of our lives.

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