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

We Wonder is a daily contemplative Advent 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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The podcast where we wonder together about the story of God.

We Wonder is a daily contemplative Advent 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.

    January 6: The Feast of the Epiphany

    January 6: The Feast of the Epiphany

    Matthew 2:1-12

    In 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.

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    December 24: The Manger

    December 24: The Manger

    Luke 2:1-19

    Today’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.

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    December 23: Carpenter's Tools

    December 23: Carpenter's Tools

    Matthew 1:18-25

    Today’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.

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    December 22: Mary's Heart

    December 22: Mary's Heart

    Luke 1:26-38

    Today’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.

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    December 21: The Angel

    December 21: The Angel

    Luke 1:5-17

    Today’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.

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    December 20: The Great Fish

    December 20: The Great Fish

    Jonah 1; 3:1-5, 10

    Today’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?

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