From: T.M. Schoewe
A few thoughts about Dad. You probably know President Nixon made it an official day but really a young lady named Sonora was the first to make note of the day in 1910 in Spokane, WA, because she wanted to honor her Civil War veteran dad. And for that matter, thousands through the years have honored fathers without a government mandate!
The secret in observing the day lives in that one word, HONOR. The U.S. Census Bureau reports there are some over 70 million fathers and retail research says over $2 billion will be spent for fathers this year. Thatís a lot of ties. But we are sure that most fathers would prefer what the Father of mankind gave us in one of the commandments He gave Moses long ago when He said: ďHonor your Father that it might be well with you on earth.Ē
How can we honor our Dad? By not dishonoring him, not despising him or his dignity and not provoking him to anger by disobedience. But rather regard him as Godís representative and gladly doing for him what you can and always looking at him as a precious gift of God. And you can give some precious gifts.
Memories, stories, trips, promises kept, pictures, good days, tough times, just share all these things with your Dad. They mean much more than thousands of words for his memory and are worth way more than the billion dollars that will be spent on this day!
Finally, we all have watched football on the TV and noticed how players hug one another after a touchdown. If they can do that after a touchdown, on Dadís day letís give him at least a fifteen second hug! It will make his day! And for those of us with a father that has passed, to reverently remember him and share those memories with others that may not have known him...like his grandchildren perhaps...would be a fine way to honor your father.
P.S. We know someone reading this is unfortunate in not having a Dad. Look around and find someone, an uncle or older friend that we can look up to. Every one needs someone to look up to.