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The podcast where we wonder together about the story of God. We Wonder is a contemplative devotional for children.

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Welcome back to We Wonder: Lent. Long ago, Jesus said to his friends, "Come: follow me," and during Lent we are following Jesus all the way through the gospel of Mark. Today we are beginning Mark chapter 4: Jesus tells a story about a very careless farmer. 📖 Read: Mark 4:1-12 (NIRV) ❔Wonder: Can I picture myself hearing this story along with the rest of the crowd at the Sea of Galilee? Where am I? Am I sitting on some sand, warm beneath me? Or maybe I am trying to get comfortable on a rocky patch as I strain to hear Jesus? Does the breeze help me hear his voice, as he is speaking from the boat? Can I feel it on my face? Can I see Jesus, the boat softly rocking on the waves? In Jesus' time, farmers scattered their seeds in their fields by hand. They took handfuls of seed, and sprinkled them in the the soil they had plowed. I wonder why this farmer isn't being careful about where he scatters his seed? Can I imagine the seeds landing on the smooth path? How could they ever get covered up and grow? Can I see the seeds that land in the rocky places? How could their roots ever grow deep and strong in such broken and hard soil? Have I ever seen a plant that is trying to grow up surrounded by thorny bushes or vines? How could it ever get enough sunlight and space to grow? Now, can I picture a field full of wheat, grown up from tiny seeds but now big enough to feed hundreds of people? I wonder why Jesus said, "whoever has ears should listen"? I have ears, but do I always really listen with them? Are there any words, or pictures, or moments from this story that I want to ask God about right now? Are there any words, or pictures, or moments from this story that I want to take with me and hold close? 🙏🏾 Pray: Jesus of Nazareth, son of God: thank you that we have a book filled with your words and deed. Give us the wisdom and understanding that comes from your Holy Spirit, so that we can know you better and follow you all the days of our lives. In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit, Amen. 💌 Keep in touch! You can follow us on Instagram and Twitter @wewonderpod for updates throughout the season, or you can shoot me an email at sarah@wewonderpod.com Thanks so much for listening, and I'll see you tomorrow!
Welcome back to We Wonder: Lent. Long ago, Jesus said to his friends, "Come: follow me," and during Lent we are following Jesus all the way through the gospel of Mark. Today we are still in the 3rd chapter of Mark's book: is Jesus filled with an evil spirit, or the Holy Spirit of God? And who are his mother and brothers, anyway? 📖 Read: Mark 3:22-35 (NIRV) ❔Wonder: Big crowds keep following Jesus wherever he goes. They want to come close to him. But some people don't seem to understand why. Yesterday, we heard about Jesus's family saying that Jesus was out of his mind. And today, the teachers of the law are saying that he must be filled with an evil spirit. I wonder why people saw such different things when they looked at Jesus? I wonder why the teachers of the law thought Jesus was filled with an evil spirit instead of God's Holy Spirit? I wonder why they thought the work he was doing was the work an evil spirit would do? I wonder why Jesus tells them they are speaking wrong words against God's Holy Spirit? I wonder why Jesus' mother and brothers came to get him? How would I feel if my brother or my son was doing and saying the things that Jesus was? What would I do, if Jesus was my brother, or my son? Can I imagine sitting in the crowd that is circled with Jesus? What does Jesus's face look like to me, as he looks around at all of us? How do I feel when he calls me his mother, or sister, or brother? Are there any words, or pictures, or moments from this story that I want to ask God about right now? Are there any words, or pictures, or moments from this story that I want to take with me and hold close? 🙏🏾 Pray: Jesus of Nazareth, son of God: thank you that we have a book filled with your words and deed. Give us the wisdom and understanding that comes from your Holy Spirit, so that we can know you better and follow you all the days of our lives. In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit, Amen. 💌 Keep in touch! You can follow us on Instagram and Twitter @wewonderpod for updates throughout the season, or you can shoot me an email at sarah@wewonderpod.com Thanks so much for listening, and I'll see you tomorrow!
Welcome back to We Wonder: Lent. Long ago, Jesus said to his friends, "Come: follow me," and during Lent we are following Jesus all the way through the gospel of Mark. Today, we are right in the middle of Mark 3: Jesus is surrounded by crowds; he calls his disciples; and...is he out of his mind? 📖 Read: Mark 3:7-21 (NIRV) ❔Wonder: I wonder how so many people, from so many different places, had heard about Jesus? I wonder what they hoped to see, or to hear, as they traveled to the Sea of Galilee to find him? I wonder, if I had heard the stories about the things Jesus was doing, if I would have left my home to go and see or hear him for myself? How would I feel about joining these crowds full of sick people, or people with evil spirits? Would I have been eager to see Jesus? Or would I have been curious, but more comfortable staying at home? Can I imagine being in the crowd on the shores of the Sea of Galilee as it pushed towards Jesus? How do I feel, as I am being jostled along? What do I see around me? What sounds do I hear? I wonder why each person who is bumping up against me wants to come close to Jesus? I wonder how each of the twelve followers felt when Jesus chose them to stay with him? Excited? Nervous about the job he would give them? Worried about their families at home? How would I feel, if I were joining Jesus up on that mountainside and he said, "Follow me?" Crowds keep following Jesus wherever he goes. I wonder what his family at home thought about this? I wonder why they said, "He is out of his mind"? Are there any words, or pictures, or moments from this story that I want to ask God about right now? Are there any words, or pictures, or moments from this story that I want to take with me and hold close? 🙏🏾 Pray: Jesus of Nazareth, son of God: thank you that we have a book filled with your words and deed. Give us the wisdom and understanding that comes from your Holy Spirit, so that we can know you better and follow you all the days of our lives. In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit, Amen. 💌 Keep in touch! You can follow us on Instagram and Twitter @wewonderpod for updates throughout the season, or you can shoot me an email at sarah@wewonderpod.com Thanks so much for listening, and I'll see you tomorrow!
Welcome back to We Wonder: Lent. Long ago, Jesus said to his friends, "Come: follow me," and during Lent we are following Jesus all the way through the gospel of Mark. Today, in Mark chapters 2 and 3, Jesus says and does some surprising things on the Sabbath, which is a special day to rest. 📖 Read: Mark 2:18 - 3:6 (NIRV) ❔Wonder: I wonder why the time was not right for Jesus's disciples to fast from food while they were all together, following him? I wonder how Jesus with his disciples was like a groom with his friends at a wedding? In those days, God's people followed the laws Moses gave about resting on the Sabbath. People prepared their food ahead of time, so they would not have to do any kind of work on the Sabbath day. I wonder what it was like to see the disciples walking through a field, plucking grain like farmers at work, while everyone else was resting as a way to obey God? I wonder why Jesus told the story of David and his men eating the holy bread that was supposed to belong to God? I wonder how the Pharisees felt, hearing Jesus compare himself to King David from long ago? Can I imagine being in the synagogue, where the man with the twisted and hurting hand had come on the Sabbath? Can I picture everyone looking at Jesus, wondering what will happen next? How does Jesus's face look to me, as he looks at the man and then turns towards the Pharisees? How does his voice sound? Do you know where the Sabbath laws came from? God told Moses that the people should rest on the seventh day, just like God rested after six days of creating the world. People could stop working and remember that all that we have comes from God, our creator, and not from our own efforts. The Sabbath day was so important because it reminded people to rest and depend on God. I wonder why Jesus made a point of breaking these Sabbath rules? I wonder what made the Pharisees so angry that they wanted to kill Jesus? Are there any words, or pictures, or moments from this story that I want to ask God about right now? Are there any words, or pictures, or moments from this story that I want to take with me and hold close? 🙏🏾 Pray: Jesus of Nazareth, son of God: thank you that we have a book filled with your words and deed. Give us the wisdom and understanding that comes from your Holy Spirit, so that we can know you better and follow you all the days of our lives. In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit, Amen. 💌 Keep in touch! You can follow us on Instagram and Twitter @wewonderpod for updates throughout the season, or you can shoot me an email at sarah@wewonderpod.com Thanks so much for listening, and I'll see you tomorrow!
Welcome to We Wonder: Lent. Long ago, Jesus said to his friends, "Come: follow me," and during Lent we are following Jesus all the way through the gospel of Mark. Today we are at the beginning of Mark chapter 2, and Jesus is pretty clear about who he has come to find: sinners, sick people, and everyone in need of forgiveness. 📖 Read: Mark 2:1-17 (NIRV)  ❔Wonder: I wonder what it was like to be in that crowded house in Capernaum? So many people were gathered that you couldn't even squeeze through the door! Can I picture myself in that crowd? What do I smell? What do I hear? Is someone pushed up against me? Can I see Jesus? I picture Jesus looking at the man lying on the mat, and at his friends who have lowered the man before him. I wonder what expression Jesus had on his face? I wonder how his voice sounded when he said, "Son, your sins are forgiven"? Can I imagine seeing the man who was lying in front of of Jesus stand up, take his mat, and walk away? How does watching this story play out make me feel? Levi was a tax collector. In those days, a tax collector was like a traitor: they helped the Roman soldiers who had taken over the land of Israel. People feared and disliked them, and they weren't allowed to come into the temple or come close to God. I wonder how Levi, the tax collector, felt when Jesus looked right at him and said, "Follow me"? I wonder how Jesus's friends felt, when Levi the tax collector came to join them as they followed Jesus? Now I picture Jesus at Levi's house, having dinner with all sorts of people you aren't supposed to come close to. How do I respond when I see Jesus sharing his meal with a crowd of people who broke God's ways? I wonder why Jesus says that he came not for good people, but for sinners?  Are there any words, or pictures, or moments from this story that I want to ask God about right now? Are there any words, or pictures, or moments from this story that I want to take with me and hold close? 🙏🏾 Pray: Jesus of Nazareth, son of God: thank you that we have a book filled with your words and deed. Give us the wisdom and understanding that comes from your Holy Spirit, so that we can know you better and follow you all the days of our lives. In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit, Amen. 💌 Keep in touch! You can follow us on Instagram and Twitter @wewonderpod for updates throughout the season, or you can shoot me an email at sarah@wewonderpod.com Thanks so much for listening, and I'll see you tomorrow!
Welcome to We Wonder: Lent. Long ago, Jesus said to his friends, "Come: follow me," and during Lent we will follow him all the way through the gospel of Mark. Today we are finishing the first chapter of Mark's book, and already all sorts of people who are sick, hurting, or being hurt by evil spirits are coming to find Jesus for help.   📖 Read: Mark 1:29-45 (NIRV) ❔Wonder: Do any of Jesus's words or actions that I heard today comfort me, or make me feel good? Can I hold those words as a gift from God? Do any of Jesus's words or actions that I heard today upset me, or confuse me? Can I talk to God about that right now? I wonder how Peter's mother-in-law felt when the fever left her body? I wonder why people brought others who were sick, or who were being hurt by evil spirits, to the place where Jesus was staying? I wonder how they knew Jesus could help them? I wonder why Jesus got up early, and went to find a place where he could be alone and pray? When the man with the skin disease came to Jesus, Jesus was moved deep inside: he felt sad and sorry for the man all the way down in his belly. I wonder what his face looked like, as he gazed down at the man on his knees? I wonder why Jesus told the man not to tell anyone after he healed him? Are there any words, or pictures, or moments from this story that I want to ask God about right now? Are there any words, or pictures, or moments from this story that I want to take with me and hold close? 🙏🏾 Pray: Jesus of Nazareth, son of God: thank you that we have a book filled with your words and deed. Give us the wisdom and understanding that comes from your Holy Spirit, so that we can know you better and follow you all the days of our lives. In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit, Amen. 💌 Keep in touch! You can follow us on Instagram and Twitter @wewonderpod for updates throughout the season, or you can shoot me an email at sarah@wewonderpod.com Thanks so much for listening, and I'll see you tomorrow!
Welcome to We Wonder: Lent. Long ago, Jesus said to his friends, "Come: follow me," and during Lent we are following Jesus all the way through the gospel of Mark. We're only 16 verses in, but things are happening quickly: Jesus calls his first followers, teaches in the synagogue, and is already showing a power no one expected.  📖 Read: Mark 1:16-28 (NIRV)   ❔Wonder: Can I imagine myself on the shore of the sea of Galilee, watching Jesus make his way down to the water? I wonder what Jesus looked like when he walked up to Andrew and Peter? I wonder what his voice sounded like when he said, "Follow me"?  I wonder why Peter, Andrew, James and John were so ready to leave their boats and follow Jesus? I wonder what they saw in his face? I wonder what they hoped he would do? The synagogue was the place you would go to hear someone read out loud from Moses's laws, or from the writings of the prophets. Then someone would teach you about them, to help you understand. Can I imagine Jesus, standing up the front with the scroll? I wonder if I would have felt amazed, too? I wonder why the man with the evil spirit cried out when he came close to Jesus? I wonder how the evil spirit knew who Jesus was? Can I picture Jesus firmly sending this evil spirit away? How does this part of the story make me feel?  Are there any words, or pictures, or moments from this story that I want to ask God about right now? Are there any words, or pictures, or moments from this story that I want to take with me and hold close? 🙏🏾 Pray: Jesus of Nazareth, son of God: thank you that we have a book filled with your words and deeds. Give us the wisdom and understanding that comes from your Holy Spirit, so that we can know you better and follow you all the days of our lives. In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit, Amen. 💌 Keep in touch! You can follow us on Instagram and Twitter @wewonderpod for updates throughout the season, or you can shoot me an email at sarah@wewonderpod.com Thanks so much for listening, and I'll see you tomorrow!
Welcome to We Wonder: Lent. Long ago, Jesus said to his friends, "Come: follow me," and during Lent, we are following Jesus all the way through the gospel of Mark. Today we are at the very beginning of Mark's book: he wants to introduce us to the good news about Jesus of Nazareth, who is the Messiah.  📖 Read:  Mark 1:1-15 (NIRV) ❔Wonder: I wonder if I can imagine myself on the shore, watching John baptize Jesus? What does it feel like to be in that crowd? I wonder why we have all come out to see John? I wonder what I would have seen when Jesus came up, dripping, from under the river water? What is happening in the sky? How does it make me feel? Can I imagine Jesus's face in any part of the story I heard today? How does he look to me? I wonder what Jesus's voice sounds like when he says, "The time has come; the kingdom of God has come near"? How would I feel if I were there, and he was speaking to me? Are there any words, or pictures, or moments from this story that I want to ask God about right now? Are there any words, or pictures, or moments from this story that I want to take with me and hold close? 🙏 Pray: Jesus of Nazareth, son of God: thank you that we have a book filled with your words and deeds. Give us the wisdom and understanding that comes from your Holy Spirit, so that we can know you better and follow you all the days of our lives. In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit, Amen. 💌 Keep in touch! You can follow us on Instagram and Twitter @wewonderpod for updates throughout the season, or you can shoot me an email at sarah@wewonderpod.com Thanks so much for listening, and I'll see you tomorrow!
Welcome to We Wonder: Lent. Today is Ash Wednesday, and it is the 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 following Jesus toward the cross. Today, though, we begin by remembering that apart from Jesus, we are like fires that have gone out. Some of us will mark our foreheads with ashes as a reminder. Ash Wednesday gives us a time for sitting still, making ourselves quiet, and waiting on God to come and help us. And then we get ready to walk with Jesus all the way to the cross, because we hope to share in the new life he will bring on the other side. Join me, as we prepare to follow him this season. 📖 READ: Psalm 51 ❔WONDER: *I 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?* 💌 Keep in touch! You can follow us on Instagram and Twitter @wewonderpod for updates throughout the season, or you can shoot me an email at [sarah@wewonderpod.com](mailto:sarah@wewonderpod.com) Thanks so much for listening, and I'll see you tomorrow!
Today is the last day of our season: it is Christmas Eve. Today, we celebrate that the light of the world was born, and came to live with us. And we celebrate that his light will never go out, and he will come to us and shine on us again.  Our readings today are John 1:1-4, 9-14 and Revelation 21:1-5 I wonder if I can imagine Jesus, the light of the world, as an ordinary human baby swaddled up and sleeping in the place where animals eat? How does this picture make me feel? Another way to read John’s words is, “The Word became a human being, and he pitched his tent -- his tabernacle -- among us.” The first tabernacle was a tent of cloth, with the Holy of Holies hidden behind a curtain inside. I wonder how Jesus is like the tabernacle? God loves us so much. The whole story of the Bible, from the beginning to the end, is about God creating, and saving, our world so that it will be a place where he can dwell with us. Can I believe, just for a moment, that this love is for me? That God wants, so much, to be close to me? I wonder: can I hear the love in the voice that John heard from the throne? Can I believe that no matter what, Jesus has come to live among us so that he can make all things new? Almighty God, on this holy night we thank you and praise you with joy. In Christ, you have become one with us so that we might become one with you; you made your home with us so that we might dwell in your kingdom forever. You have brought us out of darkness and into your glorious light. Help us to welcome you and celebrate with full hearts. And as we do, help us to look with your eyes of love and kindness on all people, so that your light will shine through us and our lives.  In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.  We Wonder is written and hosted by me, Sarah Dahl; produced by Richard Clark; and engineered by Nick Thompson and Noah Kirby. Today’s episode also includes music from the album O Night Divine by City Church Music, featuring Karl Digerness and Brandi Thompson. You can purchase the album -- which you can enjoy through all 12 days of Christmas! -- at https://music.citychurchsf.org/album/o-night-divine.  Thanks so much for listening along during this season. We’ll be back with a special Epiphany episode on January 6; in the meantime, you can keep in touch with us on Instagram and Twitter by following @wewonderpod, or read more at wewonderpod.com. Merry Christmas, everyone, and I wish you joy.
O Emmanuel, our king and lawgiver, the hope of the nations and their savior: Come and save us, O Lord our God!  Today’s reading is Matthew 1:18-25 I wonder how Joseph felt when he woke up from his dream. I wonder how he came to trust the words that he heard in his dream? 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? Can I ask God to help me believe that Jesus really is fully human, just like me? That he knows what it is like to be a person: all the good and beautiful parts, and all the sad, scary, and hard parts too? Can I ask God to help me believe that Jesus is also fully God? That he is strong and able to save, because he is the fullness of God’s love and life and light? This is a great mystery. I wonder if it is too hard for me to understand. I wonder if that’s okay? We Wonder is written and hosted by Sarah Dahl; produced by Richard Clark; and engineered by Nick Thompson and Noah Kirby. You can keep in touch with us on Instagram and Twitter by following @wewonderpod, or read more at wewonderpod.com. Thanks so much for listening, and I’ll see you tomorrow!
O Emmanuel, our king and lawgiver, the hope of the nations and their savior: Come and save us, O Lord our God!  Today’s reading is Jeremiah 31:31-34 God comes to make new promises to people, even when they turn their back on him. I wonder what that shows me about what God is like? I wonder what it is like to have God’s ways written in our hearts? I wonder if that means we love God’s ways with all our hearts, and love the people that God loves? Are there times when it is hard for me to know or remember God’s ways? Can I ask God to shape my heart to understand and love his ways? I wonder: are there times when I know God’s ways perfectly well, but I do not want to follow them? Can I talk to God about that right now? In Advent, we hope for the day when our lawgiver will be Emmanuel, God with us, again. On that day, we will all see and know Jesus, and will not need to teach one another about him. I wonder: can I imagine and hope for the day when all people -- from the least to the most important -- will know God? We Wonder is written and hosted by Sarah Dahl; produced by Richard Clark; and engineered by Nick Thompson and Noah Kirby. You can keep in touch with us on Instagram and Twitter by following @wewonderpod, or read more at wewonderpod.com. Thanks so much for listening, and I’ll see you tomorrow!
O Emmanuel, our king and lawgiver, the hope of the nations and their savior: Come and save us, O Lord our God!  Today’s reading is Psalm 10 I wonder: are there places in my world that it seems like God doesn’t see, or care about? Can I be like the psalmist, and tell God about those things right now, and ask him to make them right? Does God ever feel far away from me? I wonder: are there things in my heart, or in my life, that feel dark like night and far from God’s light? Can I talk to God about that right now? Am I ever like the wicked person who thinks, “God will never notice what I do. God doesn’t care!” Can I believe that God sees me, and wants me to turn around, because he is always looking at me with love? In Advent, we pray, “O come, Emmanuel,” because when God comes to be with us, he comes to make things right. I wonder: can I trust that our world belongs to God, and he will make his home with us again? We Wonder is written and hosted by Sarah Dahl; produced by Richard Clark; and engineered by Nick Thompson and Noah Kirby. You can keep in touch with us on Instagram and Twitter by following @wewonderpod, or read more at wewonderpod.com. Thanks so much for listening, and I’ll see you tomorrow!
Today is the third Sunday in Advent, and our reading is from Matthew 25:1-13.  I wonder why five of the bridesmaids brought oil, and five did not? I wonder what they were thinking about as they got ready for the wedding? I wonder how the bridesmaids felt as the evening stretched into night? I wonder what sorts of thoughts they had when the groom was delayed and did not come? I wonder why it was so important to five of the bridesmaids to have extra oil, even when they had no idea the groom would be so late?  I wonder how the things I do now can help me to rejoice and take part in the celebration when Jesus comes to be with us again? How can I help my heart get ready? Loving God, we trust that the day will come when you will keep all of your promises and dwell with us again. Still, the delay stretches on and we get sleepy. Send your Spirit to fill us with the oil of your love and mercy. And as we receive it, help us to give it away freely, in the hope that your love never fails and your mercies are new every morning. Come soon, and be with us again.  We Wonder is written and hosted by Sarah Dahl; produced by Richard Clark; and engineered by Nick Thompson and Noah Kirby. You can keep in touch with us on Instagram and Twitter by following @wewonderpod, or read more at wewonderpod.com. Thanks so much for listening, and I’ll see you tomorrow!
O King of Nations, who is their desire. O Cornerstone, who holds us together as one: Come and save the human race, who you fashioned from dust! Today’s reading is Micah 4:1-4 Can I picture people of all sorts: people from every nation, of every age and shape and color and size; people who are like me; people who are so different from me I can’t imagine being friends? Can I imagine all of these people making their way up the mountain of God, and seeking God’s ways together? I wonder how this picture makes me feel? I wonder if there is anyone I don’t want to be in that group. I wonder if there is anyone that I think God doesn’t want to come close to, or to teach. Can I ask God to teach me, and make my heart like his? Can I imagine all of the weapons in the world being melted down and changed from instruments that kill into tools that grow things and give life? I wonder what would have to change in people’s hearts for that to happen? Christmas is in six days. As we get ready, I wonder if I can believe that the baby in the manger is also the king who will make all of these promises come true? We Wonder is written and hosted by Sarah Dahl; produced by Richard Clark; and engineered by Nick Thompson and Noah Kirby. You can keep in touch with us on Instagram and Twitter by following @wewonderpod, or read more at wewonderpod.com. Thanks so much for listening, and I’ll see you tomorrow!
O King of Nations, who is their desire. O Cornerstone, who holds us together as one: Come and save the human race, who you fashioned from dust! Today’s reading is Psalm 103:8-19 I take just a moment to feel what it is like to be in my body. I feel myself solid, and taking up space. As my lungs are filled with air, can I say thank you to God for giving me and holding me in life? I wonder: are there any weak places in my body right now? Are there places that are hurt or sick? Can I trust that God made me, and remembers me, and loves me? David’s psalm describes God as tender and kind. I wonder: can I hold those words with the truth that God is also the mighty creator who made everything I can see? Can I ask God to teach me to know him better? Listen to these good words: “He has removed our sins from us. He has removed them as far as the east is from the west.” I wonder: are there any sins or wrong ways that still feel very close to me? Are there things that are wrong that keep coming back into my heart or my life? Can I talk to God about right now? Can I ask God to come and save? We are made of dust, but Jesus came and was born as a human being just like us. At Christmas we see God’s glory come to live in a small, helpless baby. I wonder: what kind of God becomes one of the people that he made? Can I let myself feel how much God must love us? We Wonder is written and hosted by Sarah Dahl; produced by Richard Clark; and engineered by Nick Thompson and Noah Kirby. You can keep in touch with us on Instagram and Twitter by following @wewonderpod, or read more at wewonderpod.com. Thanks so much for listening, and I’ll see you tomorrow!
O King of Nations, who is their desire. O Cornerstone, who holds us together as one: Come and save the human race, who you fashioned from dust! Today’s reading is Ephesians 2:14, 19-22 I wonder what walls I come up against in my life. Are there places where I feel like an outsider, or where I want to come close but am blocked? Can I talk to God about that right now? I wonder if there are people that I block or want to keep out of my heart, out of my friend group, or out of my community? Can I ask Jesus to break down any ways that I try to keep out people he has welcomed in? Can I imagine, for just a moment, Jesus as a strong cornerstone, holding together people coming from all different directions and places in the world, and making them into one beautiful building? What do I see when I imagine this picture? As people who are brought together in Jesus, we are not perfect. We don’t always fit together smoothly. Some of us are rough, or chipped, or cracked right through. I wonder: can I believe that the Holy Spirit is strong enough to hold us together? Can it be true that I am part of where God wants to make a home in the world?   In Advent, we know that God’s building work in us is not complete. We know that it will not be done until Jesus comes among us again, and fills all of our cracks and broken places with his light and presence. Can I ask God, right now, to help me look forward to that day? We Wonder is written and hosted by Sarah Dahl; produced by Richard Clark; and engineered by Nick Thompson and Noah Kirby. You can keep in touch with us on Instagram and Twitter by following @wewonderpod, or read more at wewonderpod.com. Thanks so much for listening, and I’ll see you tomorrow!
O Morning Star, splendor of light eternal and sun of righteousness,  Come and enlighten those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death. Today’s reading is Luke 1:67-79 Can I imagine, for just a moment, what it was like to be Zechariah? To know such good news, but unable to speak it or share it? I wonder what it was like to hold the angel Gabriel’s words inside his heart for nine months? As soon as Zechariah’s voice came back, he began to sing praise to God. He had to tell everyone there how good and faithful God has always been. I wonder: are there any words of praise I want to say to God right now? Zechariah sang, “His kindness will bring the rising sun to us from heaven. It will shine on those living in darkness and in the shadow of death.” I wonder: where do I need God’s kindness to shine for me right now? What dark places inside of me, or in my life, need warmth and light and truth? Zechariah also sang that God’s light will guide our feet into paths of peace. I wonder why it is so hard for us to find those paths on our own? Where do I need to make peace right now? Can I ask God to guide me into the ways of peace? We Wonder is written and hosted by Sarah Dahl; produced by Richard Clark; and engineered by Nick Thompson and Noah Kirby. You can keep in touch with us on Instagram and Twitter by following @wewonderpod, or read more at wewonderpod.com. Thanks so much for listening, and I’ll see you tomorrow!
O Morning Star, splendor of light eternal and sun of righteousness,  Come and enlighten those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death. Today’s reading is Isaiah 60:1-5, 19-20 How did I feel when I woke up this morning? Was I glad to face the day, or was it hard to rise from my bed? Can I tell my loving God about how I felt this morning? Sometimes, someone says the words “rise and shine!” to us as a command. Or maybe we hear, “Get up! Get moving! Get ready!” I wonder: can I take a moment right now to pause, and to wait for God to come to me instead of trying to make myself ready to come to God? I wonder: can I hear these words as a promise of what God will do for me? “Get up. Shine, because your light has come. I will rise and shine on you.” In these words from the prophet Isaiah, God makes very big promises to people. A new morning will come, when God’s presence will shine brightly for all people to see. There will be no more sadness, no more evil, no more dark and scary places in our hearts. I wonder: can I ask God to help me hope for that time, when we will be safe and warm in God’s light? We Wonder is written and hosted by Sarah Dahl; produced by Richard Clark; and engineered by Nick Thompson and Noah Kirby. You can keep in touch with us on Instagram and Twitter by following @wewonderpod, or read more at wewonderpod.com. Thanks so much for listening, and I’ll see you tomorrow!
O Morning Star, splendor of light eternal and sun of righteousness,  Come and enlighten those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death. Today’s reading is Psalm 130 The psalm begins, “Lord, I cry out to you because I’m suffering so deeply.” I wonder why things sometimes feel worse at night? I wonder what was keeping the psalmist awake? I wonder what it is like, to sit and wait and watch all night, knowing there is nothing you can do to make the morning come? The person who wrote this psalm was sad and suffering, but they also put all of their hope in God to help them. I wonder if I can trust, just for a moment, that the Lord’s love never fails? I wonder how Advent is like the nighttime, when we wait and watch for the morning to come? I wonder how Jesus is like the sun, the bright and glorious morning star? As we wait and watch this season, is there anything I need to give to God? Is there anywhere in my life or my world crying out for the Lord to help me? We Wonder is written and hosted by Sarah Dahl; produced by Richard Clark; and engineered by Nick Thompson and Noah Kirby. You can keep in touch with us on Instagram and Twitter by following @wewonderpod, or read more at wewonderpod.com. Thanks so much for listening, and I’ll see you tomorrow!
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