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The podcast where we wonder together about the story of God.



We Wonder is a contemplative Lenten devotional for children.



Each episode features:



  • A Scripture passage brought to life with dynamic music and sound effects
  • A short, engaging reflection on the passage
  • A contemplative time for wondering together about the story for the day
  • Brief thoughts and prayer led by a special child-guest each day.
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April 8: Spy Wednesday

April 8: Spy Wednesday

2020-04-0813:51

Wednesday in Holy Week is also known as Spy Wednesday: it is the day when we remember that a disciple named Judas Iscariot agreed to spy on Jesus, and hand him over to be arrested. Each day this week, we are continuing to listen to stories and wonder together about Jesus’ very last days before his death. We are watching what he did, and listening to what he said as we walk with him toward the cross. Good Friday is coming, but Easter morning is waiting for us on the other side. Join me, as we watch, and wait, and hope in God during Holy Week. Scripture passage: Matthew 26:1-5, 14-16I wonder what Jesus’ disciples felt when he told them that he would be handed over, and nailed to a cross. I wonder how I would have felt, if I were there? Would I have been disappointed? Disbelieving? Confused? Sad?I wonder why the chief priests and the leaders wanted so badly to arrest Jesus, and to see him killed? I wonder how they felt, as they heard him speak and saw the crowds gather around him?I wonder why Judas went to find the chief priests? I wonder what he was thinking and feeling when he made that decision?I wonder how he felt, as he walked away with the thirty pieces of silver in his pocket. I wonder what Judas thought, and felt, the next time he looked into Jesus’ eyes?Jesus, you were betrayed by a friend. You knew that every step in Jerusalem was leading you closer to a Roman cross. On this week, so many years ago, you endured so much pain, because you love us. Help us to trust you even when, like the disciples we don’t understand what you are doing; to adore you, because you are good; and to rest in your strong love. In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
Today is Tuesday, the third day of Holy Week. Each day this week, we are spending time listening to stories and wondering together about Jesus’ very last days before his death. We will watch what he did, and listen to what he said as we walk with him toward the cross. Good Friday is coming, but Easter morning is waiting for us on the other side. Join me, as we watch, and wait, and hope in God during Holy Week. Scripture passage: Mark 14:3-9I wonder what the scented oil smelled like, as it poured out of its jar and down into Jesus’ hair. Can I imagine being in that room, and taking in the scent, the sight of the joy in the woman’s face, the love in Jesus’ eyes?I wonder how the woman felt when the people around her became angry. I wonder how it felt when Jesus spoke up to praise what she had done?I wonder why this story doesn’t tell us the woman’s name, even though Jesus promised that we would always remember what she had done?I wonder if I have ever felt so moved by God’s love that I have wanted to respond with a gift of my own? Can I sit, right now, and welcome that overwhelming love into my heart?I wonder if Jesus was able to still smell the oil, as he hung on the cross. I wonder how it felt to him, in that moment, to remember the great gift of love the woman had given him?Jesus, filled with God’s love, you poured out your life for us just as this woman poured out her oil. Help us receive your gift, and respond with the joy that works, prays, and gives itself for others, too.In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
Today is Monday in Holy Week. Each day this week, we will spend some time hearing and wondering about Jesus’ very last days before his death. We will watch what he did, and listen to what he said as we walk with him toward the cross. Good Friday is coming, but Easter morning remains our hope. Join me, as we watch, and wait, and hope in God during Holy Week. Scripture passage: Mark 11:12-19I wonder what Jesus’ face looked like, when he saw the empty fig tree? I wonder what his voice sounded like when he brought everything in the temple to a stop?I wonder what it felt like to watch Jesus turning over the tables, and scattering all of the animals and money around the temple? Was it frightening? Surprising? Exciting? Something else?I wonder why Jesus was so upset with the money-changers, the animal-sellers, and the people who were in charge at the temple?I wonder if it’s true that Jesus wants me to be able to come close to God, just as badly as he wanted to help the people in the temple? I wonder if I can imagine a place where all people -- no matter where they are from, or what they look like, or how much money they have, or how they dress or eat -- can live out God’s ways and come close to God together? How does it feel, to picture a place that is a house of prayer for all people?Our good God, you promise that as the mountains surround your holy city, so you surround your people. Keep us close in your love, and help us draw others to know you, worship you, and find themselves at home in your love.In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
April 5: Palm Sunday

April 5: Palm Sunday

2020-04-0514:55

Today is Palm Sunday, the beginning of Holy Week. All around the world, people will slow down and remember the things that happened during this week two thousand years ago in Jerusalem. Scripture passage: Mark 11:1-11I wonder what Jesus’ disciples were thinking about, as they walked up the steep road from Jericho to Jerusalem? I wonder if they were hoping Jesus would act like a king and show God’s power? I wonder what it was like to be in the crowd, waiting for Jesus to pass by? Would I have wanted to sing? To wave to Jesus? What would I do if he caught my eye and smiled?I wonder if there was anyone in the crowd who was not happy to see Jesus riding into the city like a king? I wonder if anyone there was afraid of the Roman soldiers and what they might do, if another king came?I wonder if the people who welcomed Jesus to Jerusalem were excited and curious about what he would do next? I wonder if I can slow down during Holy Week and watch Jesus? I wonder if I can pay attention to what he wants to show me this week?Also featured: “At Jerusalem’s Gate,” by Nikki Grimes; from At Jerusalem’s Gate: Poems of Easter, by Nikki Grimes (Eerdmans Young Readers).
April 3: Friday Examen

April 3: Friday Examen

2020-04-0314:57

This is the fifth of our weekly guided Examen prayer episodes! The Examen is a way of focusing our attention on how we have moved through the day, looking to see where God has been at work and with us in all of the mundane moments of daily life. This guided prayer will be re-published each day this week, so you can use it for daily prayer. We Wonder is written and hosted by Sarah Dahl, and is produced by Richard Clark. To learn more about We Wonder, go to wewonderpod.com, or you can stay connected on Instagram and Twitter (@wewonderpod). Our theme music is by Schwarzsound; the music for our Examen this week is “Colors,” by Josh Garrels. A big thank-you to the fourth and fifth graders at City Church San Francisco for offering our responsive prayers this season!Want to help create more beauty and wonder? Support us as a monthly patron! Go to patreon.com/wewonder to learn more about how you can become a partner in this work.
This is the fifth of our weekly guided Examen prayer episodes! The Examen is a way of focusing our attention on how we have moved through the day, looking to see where God has been at work and with us in all of the mundane moments of daily life. This guided prayer will be re-published each day this week, so you can use it for daily prayer. We Wonder is written and hosted by Sarah Dahl, and is produced by Richard Clark. To learn more about We Wonder, go to wewonderpod.com, or you can stay connected on Instagram and Twitter (@wewonderpod). Our theme music is by Schwarzsound; the music for our Examen this week is “Colors,” by Josh Garrels. A big thank-you to the fourth and fifth graders at City Church San Francisco for offering our responsive prayers this season!Want to help create more beauty and wonder? Support us as a monthly patron! Go to patreon.com/wewonder to learn more about how you can become a partner in this work.
This is the fifth of our weekly guided Examen prayer episodes! The Examen is a way of focusing our attention on how we have moved through the day, looking to see where God has been at work and with us in all of the mundane moments of daily life. This guided prayer will be re-published each day this week, so you can use it for daily prayer. We Wonder is written and hosted by Sarah Dahl, and is produced by Richard Clark. To learn more about We Wonder, go to wewonderpod.com, or you can stay connected on Instagram and Twitter (@wewonderpod). Our theme music is by Schwarzsound; the music for our Examen this week is “Colors,” by Josh Garrels. A big thank-you to the fourth and fifth graders at City Church San Francisco for offering our responsive prayers this season!Want to help create more beauty and wonder? Support us as a monthly patron! Go to patreon.com/wewonder to learn more about how you can become a partner in this work.
Did you know there’s a craft for today’s story? Join us as a patron at patreon.com/wewonder to download and print out crafts for every Wednesday episode. Welcome back to We Wonder: Lent. This is the fifth week of Lent: the last week before Holy Week. This is when Lent can start to seem really, really long, but the end is in sight. With Jesus, we are drawing near to his entry into Jerusalem and to the cross. Scripture Passage: John 10:11-18I wonder how I am like one of the sheep in this story? I wonder what it is like to hear Jesus’ words like a hungry sheep, who has been waiting all night to be led out to good pastures, and food?I wonder if I can believe that Jesus knows me, like a shepherd knows his sheep? I wonder if I can trust that Jesus will guide me well, because he knows all of who I am and what I need?I wonder, when Jesus told this story, if Jesus’ friends remembered that God had promised to be the shepherd of his people? I wonder if I can believe that Jesus is the one who is God, doing God’s work to protect and guide his people?I wonder why Jesus said that he would give up his life. I wonder how much he must love us, to lay down his life to protect us, like a shepherd who is keeping his sheep safe?It is almost Palm Sunday. Next week, we will follow Jesus through Jerusalem and to the cross. I wonder if I can trust my Good Shepherd, even when the path he walks feels dangerous or scary? I wonder if I can believe he will deliver me safely through to the other side?
This is the fifth of our weekly guided Examen prayer episodes! The Examen is a way of focusing our attention on how we have moved through the day, looking to see where God has been at work and with us in all of the mundane moments of daily life. This guided prayer will be re-published each day this week, so you can use it for daily prayer. We Wonder is written and hosted by Sarah Dahl, and is produced by Richard Clark. To learn more about We Wonder, go to wewonderpod.com, or you can stay connected on Instagram and Twitter (@wewonderpod). Our theme music is by Schwarzsound; the music for our Examen this week is “Colors,” by Josh Garrels. A big thank-you to the fourth and fifth graders at City Church San Francisco for offering our responsive prayers this season!Want to help create more beauty and wonder? Support us as a monthly patron! Go to patreon.com/wewonder to learn more about how you can become a partner in this work.
This is the fifth of our weekly guided Examen prayer episodes! The Examen is a way of focusing our attention on how we have moved through the day, looking to see where God has been at work and with us in all of the mundane moments of daily life. This guided prayer will be re-published each day this week, so you can use it for daily prayer. We Wonder is written and hosted by Sarah Dahl, and is produced by Richard Clark. To learn more about We Wonder, go to wewonderpod.com, or you can stay connected on Instagram and Twitter (@wewonderpod). Our theme music is by Schwarzsound; the music for our Examen this week is “Colors,” by Josh Garrels. A big thank-you to the fourth and fifth graders at City Church San Francisco for offering our responsive prayers this season!Want to help create more beauty and wonder? Support us as a monthly patron! Go to patreon.com/wewonder to learn more about how you can become a partner in this work.
This is the fourth of our weekly guided Examen prayer episodes! The Examen is a way of focusing our attention on how we have moved through the day, looking to see where God has been at work and with us in all of the mundane moments of daily life. This guided prayer will be re-published each day this week, so you can use it for daily prayer. We Wonder is written and hosted by Sarah Dahl, and is produced by Richard Clark. To learn more about We Wonder, go to wewonderpod.com, or you can stay connected on Instagram and Twitter (@wewonderpod). Our theme music is by Schwarzsound; the music for our Examen this week is “The Joy of the Lord,” by Audrey Assad. A big thank-you to the fourth and fifth graders at City Church San Francisco for offering our responsive prayers this season!Want to help create more beauty and wonder? Support us as a monthly patron! Go to patreon.com/wewonder to learn more about how you can become a partner in this work.
This is the fourth of our weekly guided Examen prayer episodes! The Examen is a way of focusing our attention on how we have moved through the day, looking to see where God has been at work and with us in all of the mundane moments of daily life. This guided prayer will be re-published each day this week, so you can use it for daily prayer. We Wonder is written and hosted by Sarah Dahl, and is produced by Richard Clark. To learn more about We Wonder, go to wewonderpod.com, or you can stay connected on Instagram and Twitter (@wewonderpod). Our theme music is by Schwarzsound; the music for our Examen this week is “The Joy of the Lord,” by Audrey Assad. A big thank-you to the fourth and fifth graders at City Church San Francisco for offering our responsive prayers this season!Want to help create more beauty and wonder? Support us as a monthly patron! Go to patreon.com/wewonder to learn more about how you can become a partner in this work.
This is the fourth of our weekly guided Examen prayer episodes! The Examen is a way of focusing our attention on how we have moved through the day, looking to see where God has been at work and with us in all of the mundane moments of daily life. This guided prayer will be re-published each day this week, so you can use it for daily prayer. We Wonder is written and hosted by Sarah Dahl, and is produced by Richard Clark. To learn more about We Wonder, go to wewonderpod.com, or you can stay connected on Instagram and Twitter (@wewonderpod). Our theme music is by Schwarzsound; the music for our Examen this week is “The Joy of the Lord,” by Audrey Assad. A big thank-you to the fourth and fifth graders at City Church San Francisco for offering our responsive prayers this season!Want to help create more beauty and wonder? Support us as a monthly patron! Go to patreon.com/wewonder to learn more about how you can become a partner in this work.
Did you know there’s a craft for today’s story? Join us as a patron at patreon.com/wewonder to download and print out crafts for every Wednesday episodeWelcome to We Wonder: Lent. This is the fourth week of Lent: just as Israel wandered in the desert for forty years, and Jesus fasted in the wilderness for forty days, we are still walking with Jesus toward the cross. Scripture passage: John 3:1-9I wonder why Jesus said that his Spirit is like the wind? I wonder what the word-pictures of wind and breath can show me about God?I wonder why Jesus said that to see God’s kingdom, I have to be born again? I wonder what parts of me need new breath or new life?I wonder: can I remember being born? Being born is something that happens for us, whether we are ready or not. We aren’t the ones who make it happen. I wonder how God’s new life is like that?Some of the things Jesus says in this story are a little mysterious. I wonder if I can trust God to speak to me when I hear words that are hard to understand?This is the fourth week of Lent. I wonder if this season is starting to feel long? I wonder if I can ask God to help me continue to wait and hope, even when Easter feels so far away?Living God, when you send your Spirit, you create living things; you give new life to the ground, and to dry bones. We will sing songs of praise to you, the Giver of Life, as long as we have breath in our lungs. In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
This is the fourth of our weekly guided Examen prayer episodes! The Examen is a way of focusing our attention on how we have moved through the day, looking to see where God has been at work and with us in all of the mundane moments of daily life. This guided prayer will be re-published each day this week, so you can use it for daily prayer. We Wonder is written and hosted by Sarah Dahl, and is produced by Richard Clark. To learn more about We Wonder, go to wewonderpod.com, or you can stay connected on Instagram and Twitter (@wewonderpod). Our theme music is by Schwarzsound; the music for our Examen this week is “The Joy of the Lord,” by Audrey Assad. A big thank-you to the fourth and fifth graders at City Church San Francisco for offering our responsive prayers this season!Want to help create more beauty and wonder? Support us as a monthly patron! Go to patreon.com/wewonder to learn more about how you can become a partner in this work.
This is the fourth of our weekly guided Examen prayer episodes! The Examen is a way of focusing our attention on how we have moved through the day, looking to see where God has been at work and with us in all of the mundane moments of daily life. This guided prayer will be re-published each day this week, so you can use it for daily prayer. We Wonder is written and hosted by Sarah Dahl, and is produced by Richard Clark. To learn more about We Wonder, go to wewonderpod.com, or you can stay connected on Instagram and Twitter (@wewonderpod). Our theme music is by Schwarzsound; the music for our Examen this week is “The Joy of the Lord,” by Audrey Assad. A big thank-you to the fourth and fifth graders at City Church San Francisco for offering our responsive prayers this season!Want to help create more beauty and wonder? Support us as a monthly patron! Go to patreon.com/wewonder to learn more about how you can become a partner in this work.
This is the third week of our guided Examen prayer episodes! The Examen is a way of focusing our attention on how we have moved through the day, looking to see where God has been at work and with us in all of the mundane moments of daily life.
This is the third week of our guided Examen prayer episodes! The Examen is a way of focusing our attention on how we have moved through the day, looking to see where God has been at work and with us in all of the mundane moments of daily life.
This is the third week of our guided Examen prayer episodes! The Examen is a way of focusing our attention on how we have moved through the day, looking to see where God has been at work and with us in all of the mundane moments of daily life.
This is the third week of Lent: just as Israel wandered in the desert for forty years, and Jesus fasted in the wilderness for forty days, we are still spending this season walking with Jesus toward the cross. Today’s reading is from the gospel of John, chapter 15 verses 1 through 9. I wonder how water and nutrients move through a vine and into its branches? I wonder how vines make their fruit grow?I wonder if I can imagine being joined to Jesus, like a branch that grows out of a vine? I wonder how being that close to Jesus makes me feel?I wonder if I ever feel disconnected, like a branch that has fallen to the ground? I wonder if it’s hard to believe, sometimes, that I can be filled with Jesus’ life? What do I want to say to God about that?I wonder what fruit Jesus is slowly growing in me right now? Can I ask God to help me see the ordinary ways that I show his love and life to the people around me? I wonder what it feels like to rest and remain in Jesus’ love? Can I sit quietly, and imagine Jesus’ love moving through me, like the sap from a vine?Jesus, you are the vine and we are the branches. Forgive us when we forget that, and try to grow and live on our own. Fill us with your eternal life, so that your fruit of love and grace can grow in our lives and feed your world.In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. We Wonder is written and hosted by me, Sarah Dahl, and is produced by Richard Clark. Did you know there’s a craft for today’s episode? Head over to Patreon.com/we wonder to find out how you can support this podcast with a monthly membership and get access to the crafts and other special perks.
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