18 May Fathers, may you continue to build your families and the nation…
June 16, 2009
Fathers, may you continue to build your families and the nation…
Roughly 100 years ago, the first fathers’ day celebration in the United States began. During a Mothers’ Day sermon in 1909, Sonora Smart Dodd felt inspired to similarly honor her own father, William Jackson Smart, an American Civil War veteran who single-handedly raised his children after the death of his wife. Since that time, the observance of Fathers’ Day has gradually gained momentum, allowing individuals everywhere to collectively ponder the importance of this role in our society and in our personal lives.
Searching even further back into American history, fatherhood’s role established the strength of this country from the beginning. During a time when the father specifically was responsible for the discipline, education, and moral upbringing of his children, great leaders like Samuel Chase, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, and many other founding fathers were shaped by the patriarchs of their homes. As a result of their worthy efforts, one of the greatest democracies in the world was born out of unbelievable odds.
This should come as no surprise to those who are familiar with the influence of a strong father in the home. Even now, the evidence of your impact is staggering:
- Your children generally do not engage in sexual activity as early as their peers.
- Your children are at a much lower risk for drug and alcohol abuse, mental illness, suicide, criminality, and sexual abuse
- Your children are much more likely to excel in school
- Your sons are less likely to suffer from confused identities or aggressive behavior
- Your daughters are much less likely to face teen pregnancy, anxiety, or depression
- In addition, your children are less likely to exhibit uncooperative behavior, antisocial behavior, or school suspensions.
As a community of those who believe in the family, we thank each and every father who daily chooses to be a part of the lives of his children. Not only are you blessing their lives today, but you are also blessing the lives of future communities of which they will be a better part. Like those great men who shaped the founding fathers of the United States, you too are nation-building in a way that no one else can.
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