There is some question as to whether the first Father’s Day was started in the U.S. by Dr. Welch in 1908 or by Sonora Dodd on June 19, 1910. In 1924 President Coolidge proclaimed the third Sunday in June as a national memorial for Father’s Day.
It is written that an earlier Father’s Day memorial was established when Jesus’ disciples said unto him, “Lord, teach us to pray.” “And he (God’s only begotten Son) said: When ye pray, say, Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.” (Luke 11:1-2)
God is our Father, both by creation and adoption from above. For a moment let us set aside the earthly memorial and honor our heavenly Father, reminding ourselves and the children he has given us that he is our Father in both word and deed.
We need to remember that God, the great I AM, does not present himself as our Father, leaving this to our choice. When we see him as our heavenly Father, then the commandment — “Honor thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God gives thee” (Exodus 20:12) — has a more perfect meaning. And the verse “For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth” (Hebrews 12:6) gives the action of his love for us today. When we look from this perspective we see many verses written in the Bible which are memorials to our Father which art in heaven.
On this Sunday, Father’s Day, let us stand and sing our eternal anthem, The Lord’s Prayer, lyrics by Jesus, in thanksgiving for it is written, “Our Father which art in heaven!”
Rex A. Nelson