Wednesday’s Child – Isaiah 62:1-3 (NLT)
1Because I love Zion, I will not keep still. Because my heart yearns for Jerusalem, I cannot remain silent. I will not stop praying for her until her righteousness shines like the dawn, and her salvation blazes like a burning torch. 2 The nations will see your righteousness. World leaders will be blinded by your glory. And you will be given a new name by the Lord’s own mouth. 3 The Lord will hold you in his hand for all to see—a splendid crown in the hand of God.
Sometimes we have to look beneath the surface to see the true nature of a thing. As the scripture shows, God sent the prophet to deliver a word of hope to a people whose spirits were very low. The recipients of the message felt forsaken. They believed that they were lost and alone. They needed to experience an epiphany to arouse them out of their lowly state of mind. I submit to you that Zion, in its condition of desperation, was a lot like Wednesday’s child. Some of you might be familiar with the nursery rhyme entitled “Wednesday’s Child.” It first appeared in literature in the 1830s and was supposed to predict a child’s character or future based on the child’s day of birth. According to the rhyme, “Wednesday’s child is full of woe. ”
In a modern context, Wednesday’s child is trapped in dysfunction, is held in captivity and is mistreated by others around him/her. Wednesday’s child feels rejected and is called by ugly names such as forsaken and desolate. Like Zion in today’s scripture, Wednesday’s child is hopeless. And this state of misery persists until a prophet steps in to let the child know that God has other plans for him or her. Like the prophet, we as disciples have been given a responsibility to speak hope and promise into the lives of those whom society has designated as Wednesday’s children.
Like the people of Zion, Wednesday’s children are likely to continue in their woe until someone with a prophetic vision comes and prays for them fervently. Do you know a modern-day Wednesday’s child who needs you to pray for them as the Prophet Isaiah prayed for Zion? Do you know someone who is barely holding on? Someone like you, with a prophetic vision, can pour out your heart in prayer on behalf of Wednesday’s child. You can declare that you will not stop praying until Wednesday’s child is seen as the beautiful and brilliant person you know he or she can be.
Today’s scripture reminds us that God sees the best in Wednesday’s children and that a new life is only a prayer away. We need to help Wednesday’s children of this world know the wonder of God’s abundant grace. We need to emulate the strategies of the Old Testament Prophet. First, we need to let God’s people know that we love them and that God loves them with deep and abiding love. Second, we need to pray for them without ceasing. And third, we need to call them by their proper names and acknowledge their new identities as children of the Loving God.