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The Hand That Rocks The Cradle   

Is The Hand That Rules The World

In 1865 William Ross Wallace published a poem called The Hand that Rocks the Cradle Is the Hand that Rules the World. This poem is about Motherhood and the idea that what a person becomes in their life starts with what they learn from their mother. Ultimately, it is mothers that have the greatest influence on what we are or become.

William Ross Wallace eloquently wrote what God’s word has celebrated since Adam and Eve, mothers are important in the lives of their children.

What, then, do our mothers deserve?


Ephesians 6:1 Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right.

It doesn’t matter how old we are, obedience to our parents is so important. When we are young, we learn respect through obedience that will carry us throughout our life.

Do you show your mother the obedience she deserves?


Ephesians 6:2-3 “Honor your father and mother”—which is the first commandment with a promise “so that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth.”

We learn respect for others when we respect our parents, especially our mothers.

Respect is a concept that society seems to have lost. Social media is rampant with posts that degrade others. We must return to the respect shown by previous generations!

How is your respect?

The Hand That Rocks The Cradle Is The Hand That Rules The World


1 Corinthians 13:4–8 Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails. But whether there are prophecies, they will fail; whether there are tongues, they will cease; whether there is knowledge, it will vanish away.

STORGE is the Greek word for the tender love and affection which exists between family members; it is the love of kindred. God wants and expects us to be affectionate toward our family members.

A strong family unit begins with parents and especially the mother. We learn affection from our mothers through hugs and kisses.

But there is more to affection than hugs and kisses. There are words of encouragement.

When was the last time you told your mother, “I love you?”


1 Timothy 5:4 But if a widow has children or grandchildren, these should learn first of all to put their religion into practice by caring for their own family and so repaying their parents and grandparents, for this is pleasing to God.

As children, it is important to make sure our parents are taken care of as they age. This becomes more important as our parents become frailer and less able to do things for themselves.

We should never become so busy in our own lives that we neglect our parents. A phone call, a card or a visit can mean so much.

Are we showing our mothers the care they deserve?


BLESSINGS on the hand of women!
        Angels guard its strength and grace.
      In the palace, cottage, hovel,
          Oh, no matter where the place;
      Would that never storms assailed it,
          Rainbows ever gently curled,
      For the hand that rocks the cradle
          Is the hand that rules the world.

Infancy’s the tender fountain,
          Power may with beauty flow,
      Mothers first to guide the streamlets,
          From them souls unresting grow—
      Grow on for the good or evil,
          Sunshine streamed or evil hurled,
      For the hand that rocks the cradle
          Is the hand that rules the world.

Woman, how divine your mission,
          Here upon our natal sod;
      Keep—oh, keep the young heart open
          Always to the breath of God!
      All true trophies of the ages
          Are from mother-love impearled,
      For the hand that rocks the cradle
          Is the hand that rules the world.

Blessings on the hand of women!
          Fathers, sons, and daughters cry,
      And the sacred song is mingled
          With the worship in the sky—
      Mingles where no tempest darkens,
          Rainbows evermore are hurled;
      For the hand that rocks the cradle
          Is the hand that rules the world.1

William Ross Wallace (1819-1881)




1Northrop, H.D. Beautiful Gems of Thought and Sentiment. Boston, MA: The Colins-Patten Co., 1890.




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