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.

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.

As we are remembering another Mother’s Day, I am poignantly reminded of the astonishing con-tributions that mothers have made to our lives. I have been one of the extremely fortunate ones who was blessed with a virtuous, intelligent and accomplished mother who guided my thoughts and formed my character, and my future, in ways that are inexpressible and eternal.

The sacrifices of countless women in history have dramatically influenced turn of events, national conscience and shaped the thinking of generations. The above poem (partial) by William Ross Wallace in 1865 implies a contribution to the world that only women can claim.

For instance, “Napoleon’s mother, Letizia Bonaparte, was a hard austere woman toughened by war, who punished her children to teach them sacrifice and discipline … yet she was the one person Napoleon always treated with respect: ‘My mother… is worthy of every sort of admiration, she endured everything…'” – and her son nearly ruled the world.

Susannah Wesley (1669-1742) was the mother of 19 children, including John and Charles Wesley. Through much adversity, she dedicated her life to instilling a sense of Christian destiny into each of her children. Her children went on to change the world. Susannah Wesley believed that for a child to grow into a self-disciplined adult, he/she must first be a parent-disciplined child.”

“George Washington was the eldest of five children, and therein lies the importance of his mother, Mary Ball. She was the mother of the greatest of a generation of great men, whose singular greatness derived mostly from his towering character and incorruptible integrity. She drilled into young George the principles of moral and civil behavior. Mary Ball’s son was also one of those rare people who never stop maturing – a quality that most historians believe came from a capacity for honest introspection, certainly the result of the moral instruction and personal humility that he got from his mother. All attempts to explain that character have led to Mary Ball Washington.”

I fear that today we have begun to disrespect and disregard the inestimable value that godly women bring to a nation’s moral base and cultural mores. And we are losing far too many of these virtuous women who stand for all things good and decent and who call forth upon a family and a nation the blessings of God.

Throughout history, godly women have been the backbone of society, the teachers of truth to children, the proponents of right and wrong and the earthly light in a world of warring men. The upright woman is dignified, supportive and discerning.

From infancy, “Mom” teaches right from wrong. She comforts, helps, encourages and works tirelessly teaching the meaning of pre-eminence in all we do. She grows in wisdom and loves unconditionally – the closest thing we will ever know in this world to the love of God.

She is, indeed, the hand that rocks the cradle and rules the world.

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