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Christian Songs for Father's Day


Every year, on the third Sunday in June, we honor our dads by celebrating Father's Day. First celebrated in July of 1908 at a local church, the day was a memorial tribute to the 362 men who had died in an explosion at the Fairmont Coal Company mines in Monongah, West Virginia the previous December. One year later, Sonora Smart Dodd, a Spokane, Washington woman who had been raised by her widowed father, started a campaign with area churches and government officials to set aside a day to honor dads. The state of Washington celebrated the nation's first statewide Father’s Day on July 19, 1910. It took another 62 years for the day to become a national holiday in the U.S.

Seventy-two countries worldwide celebrate dad's on June's third Sunday with 53 other countries celebrating the day at other times of the year.

While God is our Heavenly Father, He has given us earthly dads to love, cherish, protect and teach us. These songs help say "Thank You" for those gifts.

"Faithful Father" - Twila Paris

Twila Paris - The Ultimate Collection
Sparrow Records

Since 1980, Twila Paris has been one of CCM's most beloved female vocalists as is evidenced by her being named the Dove Female Vocalist of the Year three years in a row. Her song, "Faithful Father" never had the popularity that "Faithful Friend" (with Steven Curtis Chapman) did, but it's just as beautiful nonetheless.

From the song ...

All my life
You have been a faithful Father
I believe Your word is true
You have been a faithful Father
I will follow you

"Father" - Jadon Lavik

Jadon Lavik - The Road Acoustic
BEC Recordings

Jadon first released "Father" on the 2006 album, Life On The Inside. He re-recorded the song on his 2009 release, The Road Acoustic.

From the song ...

You've given far beyond my need so I give
My deepest thanks to you for all I've watched you do
And for the things that I am yet to see
Still I'm confident to wait patiently

"Father's Eyes" - Amy Grant

Amy Grant - Greatest Hits
Sparrow Records

Originally released in 1979 on My Father's Eyes, the sweet voice of the (then) 19-year-old Amy Grant touched hearts all over the world.

From the song ...

She's got her Father's eyes, her Father's eyes
Eyes that find the good in things
When good is not around
Eyes that find the source of help
When help just can't be found

"Just The Way I Am" - Big Daddy Weave

Big Daddy Weave - The Ultimate Collection
Word Records

Not a song explicitly written for dad, this song is still perfect for his special day because the lyrics describe just how a good father really is.

From the song ...

Ever patiently accepting me
You love in spite of everything I do
But, oh, so faithfully you're committed To the process that makes me like You

"My Fathers Song" - Ray Boltz

Ray Boltz - Another Child To Hold
Ray Boltz Music

From Ray Boltz's 1991's release, Another Child To Hold, "My Fathers Song" serves as a gentle reminder of dads in years gone by.

From the song ...

When I was just a little child
We'd climb in this old family car
And daddy would start to sing
Before we rode very far
I really don't remember
If his songs were quite on key
But that didn't matter to me
It was my Father's song

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