Top Christian Songs for Father's Day

Every year, on the third Sunday in June, we honor our earthly 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.

1
"My Father Was/Is" - Fred Hammond & Radical For Christ

Fred Hammond & Radical for Christ - Purpose By Design
Fred Hammond & Radical for Christ - Purpose By Design. © Verity Records

From Fred Hammond's Gold-certified Purpose By Design, "My Father Was/Is" is a story of our fathers - both our heavenly and our earthly ones.

Though our dads here are not always perfect, and sometimes not even here, our heavenly father is always with us.

Read the full lyrics to My Father Was/Is

From the song:

When adolescent years had come who helped me understand?
And when the winning point was scored who in victory raised my hand?
And when I hung my head in shame who was there to lift it up?
Yes my Father was
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2
"Faithful Father" - Twila Paris

Twila Paris - The Ultimate Collection
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.

Read the full lyrics to Faithful Father

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
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3
"Father" - Jadon Lavik

Jadon Lavik - The Road Acoustic
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.

Read the full lyrics to Father

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
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4
"Father's Eyes" - Amy Grant

Amy Grant - Greatest Hits
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.

Read the full lyrics to Father's Eyes

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
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5
"Just The Way I Am" - Big Daddy Weave

Big Daddy Weave - The Ultimate Collection
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.

Read the full lyrics to Just The Way I Am

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
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