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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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February 26: Ash Wednesday

February 26: Ash Wednesday

2020-02-2600:14:461

Welcome to We Wonder: Lent. Today is Ash Wednesday, the very beginning of the season that helps us get ready for Easter. Just as Israel wandered in the desert for forty years, and Jesus fasted in the wilderness for forty days, we will spend the next forty days walking with Jesus toward the cross. “Lent” is also an old English word for “springtime.” This is the season when the earth begins to come back to life after winter. Ice melts, the earth thaws, and things that were dead begin to bloom and grow again. During Lent, we name the things in our hearts and in our world that are dead, and we wait to see how God will raise them to new life with Jesus. Join me, as we watch, and wait, and hope in God. Today is Ash Wednesday: the day when we remember that we are like ashes. Without Jesus, we are like fires that have gone out. Scripture passage: Psalm 51:1-6, 10-17I wonder if I have ever felt like a blown-out candle, or like cold ashes that can’t spark to life? What do I want to say to God about that?I wonder if God is still close to me when I feel far away? I wonder if I can trust that faithful love is always waiting for me? David says to God, “you will gladly accept a heart that is broken because of sadness over sin.” I wonder: what things do I see in myself and in the world that break my heart? Can I trust God to be kind to my sad heart? Lent happens in springtime: the earth that was frozen and dead blossoms into life again. Dry, helpless seeds are planted in the ground, and plants push up out of the ground. Jesus goes into the grave, and is raised to new life. It is a time of sadness for all that is wrong in us and in the world, and also of hope that it can all be made new. Can I ask God to come close to me in the sadness? Can I ask God’s Spirit to whisper words of hope to me in the dark?Closing Prayer:Open our lips, O God, and our mouths will proclaim your praise. Create new hearts in us, O God, and renew us and our world. Give us the joy of your saving help again, and sustain us with your Spirit who breathes life. In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Our theme music is by Schwarzsound; other songs are “Trace”, by Roary and “Hold to the Light,” by Brooke Annibale. Also: a huge, heartfelt thank you to our patrons Debara and Mary for making this episode happen! You can help us create more beauty and wonder by supporting us as a monthly patron: go to patreon.com/wewonder to learn more about how you can help this podcast grow!
Every Monday during Lent, we are going to release a prayer episode that walks each of us -- young and old -- through the Examen in a simple and inviting way. You can re-listen to the same episode to pray daily through the week. All you need is about ten minutes and a place where you can get quiet and comfortable.
During Lent, we wait and hope for what God will do in us and in our world.
Welcome to We Wonder: Lent

Welcome to We Wonder: Lent

2020-02-1000:03:12

We Wonder: Lent begins on February 26, Ash Wednesday. “Lent” is also an old English word for “springtime.” During Lent, we name the things in our hearts and in our world that are dead, and we wait to see how God will raise them to new life with Jesus. Every Monday during Lent, we will set aside time to pray and rest in God, and practice looking for where God is already coming close to us in our everyday lives. You can re-listen and pray along with these episodes every day of the week, if you’d like. Every Wednesday in Lent, we’ll share a story or psalm from Scripture, and wonder about God’s good words together. Starting on Palm Sunday, we’ll have special episodes for each day in Holy Week, as we walk together toward the cross with Jesus.
Matthew 2:1-12In Epiphany we see that Jesus is God, come to live among us. We watch Jesus to see what God’s glory and character are like. And during Epiphany, we see that Jesus is not someone hidden away, for only the good people or the right people to find. Jesus is the light that bursts into our world, shining with God’s glory and love for everyone. I wonder what the wise men saw in the light of that star that captured their hearts so that they followed it on such a long journey?I wonder what the wise men saw in the face of the child Jesus that brought them to their knees?Have I ever felt the light of God’s love shine on me so powerfully that I wanted to kneel, or give gifts, or sing with joy? Can I ask God, right now, to help me see that love in Jesus’ face?The gospel of John tells us that in Jesus, God’s light is shining in the darkness and the darkness cannot put it out. Where do I need to see God’s light and love shining today? Do I need that light in my heart? In my thoughts? In my family? In my school?Can I believe that Jesus shines God’s love into the world, and that the light of that love will never go out even in the darkest, saddest places? What do I want to say to God about that?God of peace, in the name of Jesus who came as the light of the world, We pray that your light will shine in the world and the darkness will not overcome it. God, in your love, hear our prayer.God of hope, in the name of Jesus whose first crib was the animals’ feed trough, We pray for everyone who does not have a warm place to sleep or enough food to eat. Please provide, and use our offerings and our lives to share your love.God, in your love, hear our prayer.God of joy, in the name of Jesus who came to live among us, light up our hearts and our lives, so that we will be full of your life. God, in your love, hear our prayer. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.------We want to hear from you! Go here and fill out a quick survey, and enter to win a set of Jesse Tree ornaments: https://sarahdahl.typeform.com/to/skoJJN Thanks for listening!
December 24: The Manger

December 24: The Manger

2019-12-2400:14:07

Luke 2:1-19Today’s symbol is the manger. The Christ child is born! Alleluia! I wonder how Mary and Joseph felt, now that their waiting for Jesus was over? I wonder if they were tired? Relieved? Happy to finally hold their child?I wonder how I feel, now that Advent waiting is over? What has been hard? What has been good? What do I want to say to God about this waiting season? I wonder what it was like to hear and see the angels singing the good news in the night sky? Can I imagine myself there? Can I taste a little bit of their joy?Long ago, the prophet Isaiah promised that a new king would come out of Jesse’s family tree, and that he would be a loving king for every person in the whole world. I wonder if I can trust that Jesus is that king? I wonder if I can welcome him and his kingdom into my life?I wonder what is different, now that God has come to live in our world? Can I ask God to help me see the world around me with his eyes?I wonder if I can say thank you to God, who loves us so much that he was born and lived here, on earth, as one of us. What do I want to say to this God, who is with us always?God who is with us, on this night your holy light shines bright in the darkness.Thank you for coming to live among us, to bring us into your light, and to save us from sin and death. We praise you, Jesus, and we love you. In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, Amen.
Matthew 1:18-25Today’s symbol shows a carpenter’s tools. Mary was betrothed to Joseph, who was a carpenter. Joseph became Jesus’ earthly father, and he loved and protected him as he grew. Joseph listened to God’s words and he was not afraid.I wonder what Joseph felt like, when he began to see that Mary would have a baby? I wonder if he worried and prayed as he worked in his carpenter’s shop?I wonder how Joseph felt in the morning, when he awoke from his dream. I wonder if he was certain and confident, or doubtful? I wonder how he came to trust the words that he heard in his dream?I wonder what Joseph thought when he heard his son’s name? Hopeful? Excited? Confused? What do I think, when I remember that Jesus’ name means “God saves”? Can I ask God to show me more about that name?I wonder if it was ever hard for Joseph to believe that his son was from the Holy Spirit. I wonder if it’s ever hard for me to believe that Jesus really is God with us? What do I want to say to Jesus about that?I wonder if I can hear God saying “do not be afraid” to me right now? What do I want to say to God?God, you are kind and you protect us. Thank you for Joseph’s kindness to and protection of your Son, Jesus. Help us to obey like Joseph, not to be afraid, and to love everyone you give us who needs our care.In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, Amen.
December 22: Mary's Heart

December 22: Mary's Heart

2019-12-2200:12:19

Luke 1:26-38Today’s symbol is a heart. Mary opened her heart and her life to God’s words, and she became Jesus’ loving mother. Because of Mary’s brave heart, God’s love came into the world as her son. I wonder what Mary felt like in her stomach, in her hands, in her body, when the angel appeared and began speaking to her? I wonder if his words, “Don’t be afraid!” brought her peace?I wonder what Mary felt when she heard her son’s name? Hopeful? Excited? Amazed? I wonder how I feel, knowing that God chose to come and live with us with the name, “God Saves”?Mary knew that God would come to save everyone who was small, unimportant, poor, and who needed him. I wonder how I need God to save me today? What do I want to ask God for, as we wait together for Jesus?I wonder how Mary got ready for the birth of this special baby? I wonder if there is anything I can do to get ready to welcome Jesus into my life?I wonder if I can hear God saying “do not be afraid” to me right now? What do I want to say to God?God of love and grace, thank you for Mary’s brave heart. Thank you for choosing to come to your people as her small son. Help us open our hearts to you, too. In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, Amen.
December 21: The Angel

December 21: The Angel

2019-12-2100:12:01

Luke 1:5-17Today’s symbol is the angel who appeared to Zechariah. The angel told Zechariah that although he and his wife Elizabeth were old, they would have a child. This child would help God’s people get ready for the coming king. I wonder what it was like to see Zechariah’s incense smoke going up like a prayer, and then to see God’s messenger appear? Can I imagine that moment in that holy place?I wonder how Zechariah and Elizabeth got ready for the birth of their baby? I wonder how it felt to know their child had an important job from God?I wonder why John was given such an important job? I wonder why we have to have someone help us get ready for Jesus? I wonder how Advent this year has helped me get ready for Jesus’ coming? Is there anything I want to tell Jesus about my hope and waiting?Can I say thank you to God for coming to us gently, and helping us get ready to welcome him? God you want us to be ready, and you give us what we need to prepare for your coming. You sent John the Baptist to help Israel get ready for the coming king. Prepare us by your Holy Spirit for your coming Son. Turn our hearts back to you, give us light, and guide our feet in the ways of peace.In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, Amen.
December 20: The Great Fish

December 20: The Great Fish

2019-12-2000:13:10

Jonah 1; 3:1-5, 10Today’s symbol is the great fish. God sent the prophet Jonah to Nineveh, but Jonah tried to run away. God was with Jonah in the storm, and in the fish, and finally when Jonah went to Nineveh. Jonah could not run away from God. I wonder why Jonah immediately ran in the opposite direction when God asked him to go to Nineveh. I wonder what he hoped would happen?I wonder if I have ever wanted to run away from what I knew God wanted me to do? Has there been a time when it felt too hard to be kind? Or too scary to say, “I’m sorry?” What do I want to say to God about that time?I wonder why Jonah was so angry after the people of Nineveh listened to his words? I wonder what that anger felt like inside his body? I wonder why it was so hard for him to see God continue to protect Nineveh?I wonder if I can believe that God wants to be like a sheltering roof for all people? I wonder if there are people I might not want to share that roof with? What do I want to say to God about that?I wonder where God is when I can’t see his protecting love? Can I talk to God about that right now?
December 19: The Lion

December 19: The Lion

2019-12-1900:13:37

Daniel 6:6-23I wonder how Daniel felt when he heard the king’s new law? The Bible doesn’t tell us: I wonder if he was afraid when he went up to pray? Or I wonder if he loved coming close to God so much that he couldn’t imagine changing his ways?I wonder if I have a practice of coming close to God? Or I wonder if I find it hard, or scary, or boring to try to pray? Can I talk to God about that? Can I trust that all of my words to God are prayer, and that God loves to hear them?I wonder what the pit with the lions looked like inside? I wonder what it smelled like? I wonder what Daniel felt as he was lowered into it?I wonder how the messenger from God appeared to Daniel? I wonder what it was like to spend the night close to those lions, after their mouths had been shut? I wonder what Daniel said to God?Can I believe that the God who was with Daniel is the same God who is close to me right now? Can I trust that this God is still faithful and will come to save? As we continue to wait in Advent, what do I want to say to God?Living God, you deliver and rescue your people. Help us to tell others about the ways you have delivered and rescued us, so that they will honor and trust you too. In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, Amen.
December 18: Esther's Crown

December 18: Esther's Crown

2019-12-1800:13:00

Esther 4:8-17Today’s symbol is Esther’s crown. Queen Esther bravely protected God’s people when they were living far away in another land. I wonder how Esther felt as she fasted and prepared to go in to see the king? The story doesn’t mention God’s name: I wonder if she felt confident that God was with her and her people?I wonder what it was like to be one of God’s people living in Persia? To know that you were different, and that this was not your home? To know that powerful people might want to hurt you for being different?I wonder if I have ever felt like an outsider, or like I was different from the people around me? I wonder if I felt like my story wasn’t their story? What do I want to say to God about that feeling?I wonder if I have ever felt like God put me somewhere for a reason? I wonder if there are people or places in my life right now where God has good work for me to do? Can I ask God to help me trust him to do loving work through me?In this story, God’s people are scattered. They are living in a far away land, with a foreign king. I wonder if they were hoping for God to return and save them again? As I wait in Advent, can I hope today for Jesus to come for us with his saving love?Our providing, all-knowing God, you work in the world in ways we cannot see. You see to it that we are put in places where we can do your work. Help us to be brave when we need to, and to trust your providence because you hold our entire world in your hands. In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, Amen.
Isaiah 9:2-7Today’s symbol is Isaiah’s scroll. Isaiah and other prophets came close to God, and wrote down God’s promises. One of these promises was a coming child, who would grow up and be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. His kingdom will last forever, and he will make everything that is broken in our world right again. I wonder how I feel when I am in the dark. Do I feel frightened? Alone? Secret? What do I want to say to God about the times I am in the dark?I wonder how God’s people felt when they heard these promises from Isaiah? I wonder what it was like to know that God promised to shine light on them, even though they were walking in darkness?I wonder how these words to Judah from long, long ago are also words for me, today? What do I want to say to God about these promises?I wonder if I am getting tired of waiting for Christmas? I wonder if I am eager for Jesus to come and live among us, and for the celebration to begin? Is there anything I want to tell God about waiting?Thank you, saving God, for the words of the prophets. Thank you that they are still words for us today. Give us faith and hope as we wait for your light to shine on us. In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, Amen.
December 16: Fire

December 16: Fire

2019-12-1600:13:13

1 Kings 18:21-39Today’s symbol is fire. When Israel turned away from God and worshipped other gods, Elijah the prophet called them back. God sent fire down on Elijah’s sacrifice, to show Israel that he heard Elijah’s prayers and wanted to hear their prayers, too. I wonder if I can imagine being in the crowd, watching the priests of Baal call out to their god? I wonder how the people felt, knowing that their king was on Baal’s side? I wonder what it was like, to see Elijah alone standing against them? Can I imagine how I would have felt?I wonder why Elijah poured water all over his sacrifice? I wonder if I can imagine seeing the fire come down from the sky and burn up Elijah’s altar? What would I have done if I were there?I wonder how God’s people felt when they realized that God, not Baal, was near and waiting for their prayers? I wonder if they were afraid? Sorry? Ready to turn around and follow when they remembered who God is, and what God had done?We may forget about God, but God never forgets us. God is always near, and waits patiently for us to remember and return. I wonder how I can remember that God is close to me today? God, you listen for the prayers of your people. You want us to call on your name and you hear us when we cry out. Hear us now, O Lord, and come quickly to save us.In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit, Amen.
December 15: David's Lyre

December 15: David's Lyre

2019-12-1500:11:30

1 Samuel 16:1-13Today’s symbol is a lyre, which is a kind of harp. King David played songs of praise to God on the lyre. David was Israel’s greatest king, and he showed the people how to love and trust God. I wonder how Samuel knew which of Jesse’s sons God had chosen to be king? I wonder what it was like to come so close to God, and to have God come so close to him?I wonder how Samuel felt as he watched each of Jesse’s tall, strong, full-grown sons pass in front of him? I wonder what it was like to wait and watch for God to say, “Yes”?God said to Samuel, “The LORD does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outside of a person. But the LORD looks at what is in the heart.” I wonder what God saw when he looked at David’s heart? I wonder why David was the one who could lead God’s people and help them come close to God?I wonder what God sees when he looks at my heart? Can I believe that God does not look at what people see? Can I believe that God is always looking at me with love?Wise and holy God, people look at appearances, but you look at the heart. Give us hearts that trust you to deliver us.In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, Amen.
December 14: David's Sling

December 14: David's Sling

2019-12-1400:13:221

1 Samuel 17:2-11, 32-37Today’s symbol is David’s sling. When everyone else in Israel was afraid, David trusted God to deliver his people. David grew to be a king who showed Israel how to love and trust the LORD.I wonder what it was like to see tall, strong, armored Goliath challenging Israel’s army every day. I wonder if they were frightened? Discouraged? I wonder if God felt small and far away in the face of such a mighty warrior?Has there been a time when I’ve been so frightened that I have forgotten to trust in God? Has there ever been a time when God felt smaller than the things I am afraid of? What do I want to say to God about that?I wonder what Saul and the Israelite army were thinking about when David walked out to meet Goliath. I wonder if they were trembling and scared to watch? Or I wonder if his trust in God made them feel more brave? Can I imagine myself there? How would I have felt as I watched David stand face to face with Goliath?I wonder if there are times when it is hard to see that God is for me? Can I ask God to help me be confident that his love will always save, and will never fail?Mighty God, if you are for us, who can be against us? Help us to trust in you. Help us not to be afraid. Help us to wait for you to save us, because you are faithful and strong.In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, Amen.
December 13: Samuel's Oil

December 13: Samuel's Oil

2019-12-1300:12:04

1 Samuel 3:1-10Today’s symbol is Samuel’s oil. Samuel learned to listen to God. Because he listened and trusted in God’s words, Samuel knew who God would choose to be king over Israel. God gave Samuel the job of anointing, or setting apart, the king.I wonder what God’s voice sounded like to Samuel? I wonder what he felt when he heard his name spoken in the dark?I wonder what it was like to come so close to God that Samuel could recognize and trust his words? I wonder if I have ever been confident, like Samuel, that God’s words are true and I can trust them? Can I ask God to help me trust and follow his voice?I wonder if it’s hard to listen sometimes. Do I have trouble making my heart and mind quiet? Can I ask God to come close to me, even when I have trouble coming close to God?I wonder if God has ever felt far away, or hard to hear? Are there people in my life who can speak God’s words of love to me when I have trouble hearing them? What do I want to say to God about that?In Advent, we are waiting for Jesus. The Bible tells us that Jesus is God’s Word to us. I wonder how I can learn to listen to Jesus? Can I ask God to help me to trust that Jesus’ love and life are for me? Patient God, we want to hear your words. We want to know you better. Help us to learn to listen for you quietly, and to follow you when you speak. In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, Amen.
Ruth 2:1-12Today’s symbol is a head of grain. Ruth gathered grain in Boaz’s fields, and he was kind to her. God brought Ruth into his family, and she became the great-grandmother of Israel’s greatest king. I wonder how Ruth felt, as she stepped out into Boaz’s fields, surrounded by strange workers and strange scenery? I wonder what it was like, to be alone and so far from home?I wonder if I have ever felt like a stranger in a new place? What did I do? How did that feel on the inside? What do I want to say to God about that time?I wonder what Boaz’s voice sounded like as he welcomed Ruth? Have I ever been welcomed by someone? Has someone ever spoken kindly to me when I was afraid? Can I say thank you to God for that time?Have I ever noticed someone who was new at my school? At my church? Can I ask God to help me welcome others when they may feel different or afraid?Ruth moved from being an outsider to the very middle of God’s story. She is one of Jesus’ ancestors! I wonder what this story shows me about who God is, and what God is like?We are halfway through Advent, and we are seeing God’s family grow. We are waiting for the time when God will keep his promise to save his people, and bring all of us into his family in Jesus. Can I say thank you to God for each of these stories? How can I wait for God to come and save today?Kind and gracious God, thank you for bringing us into your family, even when we were outsiders like Ruth. Thank you for having a place for everyone at your table. In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, Amen.
December 11: The Shofar

December 11: The Shofar

2019-12-1100:13:24

Joshua 6:1-5, 12-17Today’s symbol is the shofar, which is a musical instrument made from a ram’s horn. God brought the people into the Promised Land, and saved them when they blew the shofar outside of Jericho. I wonder how it felt to walk silently around those tall, strong city walls for seven days? I wonder if it would be hard to keep my body and voice quiet? I wonder what it was like to trust that God and God alone would bring the walls down?I wonder what the sound of the seven shofars was like, as they sounded off the city walls? I wonder how it felt to finally be able to shout aloud to God, after being silent for so long?I wonder, is it ever hard for me to believe that God is strong and will keep his promises? What can make me feel that way? What do I want to say to God about that?I wonder if there has ever been a time when I felt confident and safe in God’s mighty love? What did that feel like inside my body? Can I say thank you to God for that time?I wonder how this story can help us in Advent? Can I ask God to walk with me as I wait, just as the Israelites waited outside Jericho? Can I get ready to raise my voice to celebrate, when God arrives to save?Mighty God, you fought for your people at Jericho. Help us to trust in your strength, like Joshua and like the Israelites. Thank you that we do not have to fight for ourselves or save ourselves, because you are our strength and our shield. In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, Amen.
Deuteronomy 5:1-22Today’s symbol is the two tablets of the law. God gave Moses the Ten Commandments on Mt Sinai, and Moses gave them to God’s people. The Ten Commandments teach us how to love God and how to love one another.I wonder what it was like, to be with God’s people and wandering in the wilderness? I wonder what God’s people said to God when they felt lost and afraid?I wonder if I have ever been lost? I wonder if there is a time when I didn’t know the way I should go? What do I want to say to God about that time?I wonder how following these ways can help me love God more? I wonder how they can help me love other people? Is there anything I want to ask God about his good ways?I wonder what happens when people break God’s ways? I don’t always follow the ways into God’s presence. I wonder how God comes close to us, when we fail to come close to God?In Advent, we remember that we don’t stay in God’s presence, so we are waiting for God to come and live among us. I wonder what it is like to rest safely in God’s presence? I wonder how I can practice that right now. Holy and loving God, you have given us your ways as a gift. Forgive us when we break them. Thank you for coming to live with us, and for adopting us into your family. Teach us to walk in your ways, and to show others with all of our lives the way into your loving presence too.In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, Amen.
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