Today is Father’s Day so I would like to wish all the dads in this world a very happy Father’s Day.
Father’s Day has a religious history born out of tragedy — one that serves as a reminder to cherish the fathers in our lives. Acknowledging the importance of close bonds, loving relationships and unconditional love that endures all the joys and pains, ups and downs of human relationships is what Father’s Day is about.
The first person on record to petition for Father’s Day was Grace Golden Clayton, a resident of Fairmont, West Virginia. A mine explosion in a nearby town killed more than 360 men, leaving 1,000 children fatherless. Clayton asked the pastor at her local Methodist church to dedicate a day to honor fathers on July 5, 1908 — the Sunday closest to the birthday of her late father, who was a Methodist preacher. But the whole thing soon died off.
Sonora Smart Dodd, after hearing a Mother’s Day sermon at the Central Methodist Episcopal Church in 1909, told her pastor that there should be a Father’s Day too. Her father raised six children as a single parent after her mother died in childbirth. The local clergymen agreed to the idea and the first Father’s Day sermon was given on June 19, 1910 in Spokane, Washington at the YMCA.
On June 19, 1910, pastors throughout the city delivered sermons honoring fathers, and news quickly spread around the country. In the following years, similar celebrations spread to other parts of the country.
Since today is Father’s Day, “The Promise” is a most appropriate film to watch today. It is a heartwarming story about a widowed father and his son, whose lives are intertwined with a red umbrella they share. Spanning three decades, from the 1980s to modern-day Singapore, their story culminates in a revelation about the umbrella and how it symbolizes a promise that binds three generations past, present and future. Click on the link below, sit back and enjoy the short film.
Once again, Happy Father’s Day!