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RELIGION: Remember the unsung hero -- dad

Recently, I discovered that the idea for creating a day for children to honor their fathers began in Spokane, Wash. Yes, a woman by the name of Sonora Smart Dodd thought of the idea for Father's Day while listening to a Mother's Day sermon in 190...

Recently, I discovered that the idea for creating a day for children to honor their fathers began in Spokane, Wash. Yes, a woman by the name of Sonora Smart Dodd thought of the idea for Father's Day while listening to a Mother's Day sermon in 1909. Having been raised by her father after her mother died, Sonora wanted her father to know how special he was to her.

It was her father who made all the parental sacrifices and was, in the eyes of his daughter, a courageous, selfless and loving man. Her father was born in June, so naturally she chose to hold the first Father's Day celebration in Spokane, Wash., on the 19th day of June, 1910. In 1924, President Calvin Coolidge proclaimed the third Sunday in June as Father's Day.

So now you know -- and now that you know I would like to go on record to say that a Christian father is one of the most unsung, upraised, unnoticed, and unappreciated heroes of all times.

I read somewhere that "A boy loves his mother, but he will follow his father." So the question to you men is -- where are you leading your children?

Jason Benjestorf is the pastor of Safe Harbor Fellowship in Superior. Questions for him can be mailed to The Daily Telegram, 1226 Ogden Ave., Superior, WI, 54880 or sent via e-mail to editorial@superiortelegram.com or pastorbenje@yahoo.com .

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