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

Probably the hand that rocks the cradle is also the hand with strong wrists. Not to mention biceps – and let’s face it mums, we do a lot of weight lifting. Maybe it’s all about strength. Maybe that’s why we rule the world. Sheer muscles equals leadership.

Yeah, right.

Not many of us are gung-ho super-mums with a devoted fan club and unlimited power. Let alone a little bit of power. Sometimes it’s all we can do to feed the baby (for the ninth time today and it’s not even lunch yet) and hang out another round of nappies. Having the energy to get dressed, clean the floor and eat sensibly seems like a daydream. Definitely not in the category of awe-inspiring leadership.

And very far from our old life. When maybe, we did work in a leadership position – and got paid for it. It seems new babies usher in a whole lot besides motherhood, including a lot of confusion about our roles and our value as contributors to society. The idea of worth is tied very closely in our heads with our ability to influence others for the good – or perhaps the dollar. And when we’re suddenly “just a mum” everything becomes rather humbling.

mum-and-toddlerExcept that as mums, we’re in a position of influence like no other. Our every act of care for our children is an example to them; every kindness shown influences that little life. The words we speak and sing, the cuddles and hugs, the daily providing for their needs builds into that child and helps to shape the kind of person they will become.

“The hand that rocks the cradle is the hand that rules the world” is from a poem, and it’s laced with this theme: we’ve been given our motherhood by God himself. For an amazing purpose – to help that child know and love God.

We’re to lead our little ones to God.

Come again? Lead our kids to … God? Not to mysticism? Or to the land of confusion?

Leading children to God will be tough if you’re unsure about him. At MOPS we believe that Jesus is the key to Christianity. Jesus is the God to whom we want to lead our children. The Bible tells this story:

“People were bringing little children to Jesus to have him touch them, but the disciples rebuked them. When Jesus saw this, he was indignant. He said to them, ‘Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.’ And he took the children in his arms, put his hands on them and blessed them.” Matthew 10:13-16.

The kingdom of God belongs to such as these. To people who will receive God’s words like little children – with hearts full of trust in him. We can be those people. We can lead our children to him.

And notice what he did for the children: he took them in his arms and blessed them.

If you would like to learn more about Jesus, please ask your MOPS leader, visit your local church, or call in to the MOPS head office. We would love to talk with you.

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.

Published in 1865

William Ross Wallace (1819 – 1881)

Elissa Moss




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