Sunday, June 14, 2015

House Rules

Bobservations Column
by Pastor Bob Lawrenz
    Happy Father’s Day, to all the Dads here today. We all may smile a bit about what many think is just another Hallmark Holiday. But folks have been celebrating Father’s Day for many years, and it’s not just here in the west. 

    The Monongah Mining Disaster of 1907 took the lives of 361 young men, and more than 260 of them were fathers. The region around Monangah, WV was left with more than a thousand fatherless children. Grace Golden Clayton

was grieving for her own father who had passed away in West Virginia at the time, but with the mining tragedy, she encouraged a local pastor to preach on the honor of fathers within the family. She may have been inspired by another nearby woman who had pushed for Mothers’ Day a couple of years prior. 

    In the northwest, locals were trying to do something similar in the State of Washington in 1910. Wider support was sought for the holiday then, and again in 1912. But it wasn’t until 1915 that a Bill was introduced in the U.S. Congress to officially recognize Father’s Day as a holiday. Even then, the celebration only gained momentum slowly. 

    Other nations also had holidays to recognize the role of fathers; all were generally celebrated in late spring to early summer. Today, more than 59 countries around the world recognize Father’s Day as a day to celebrate Dads everywhere. 

    Today as we finish Psalm 119, we see the role that The Father plays in all our lives. Its importance precedes anything that Grace Golden Clayton sought recognition for by about 5900 years, or anything anyone else had done, including Congress. Jehovah’s Ten Commandments are His “House Rules,” if you will. And it is through the keeping of them that we find ourselves in a good and healthy relationship between our heavenly Father and His children. The Father’s love for us shows through His Commandments, His judgments, His testimonies, precepts, and His Word, Jesus Christ. 

    In whatever way your family may celebrate Father’s Day today, make it a day to celebrate and glorify The Father of us all.

“We love him, because he first loved us.”  ~ 1 John 4:19

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