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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.

We Wonder: Lent We Wonder

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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.

    February 26: Ash Wednesday

    February 26: Ash Wednesday

    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, 10-17

    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?

    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!

    • 14 min
    For Grownups: Why We Pray the Examen in Lent

    For Grownups: Why We Pray the Examen in Lent

    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.

    • 4 min
    For Grownups: Why We Wait, and Watch, and Hope in Lent

    For Grownups: Why We Wait, and Watch, and Hope in Lent

    During Lent, we wait and hope for what God will do in us and in our world.

    • 4 min
    Welcome to We Wonder: Lent

    Welcome to We Wonder: Lent

    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.

    • 3 min
    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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    • 17 min
    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.

    • 14 min

Customer Reviews

BecomingwhoIam ,

Joyful, Hopeful Waiting

We loved waiting with Sarah Dahl and her listening community through Advent...and we have been waiting with sweet anticipation measuring this next season with her and you all. Thankful for the contemplative content, slowing down to practice, ponder...and to wonder while we await His return.

DempsK ,

So special!

My husband started this podcast with the kids leading up to Christmas. They listened everyday on the way to school. The boys started asking for it on their own... and their prayers to God are deeper and more personal than they were before that month. 💙✨🙌 I love how they talk about God and how they include kids too. SO I’m excited to see what happens during this new Lent season. (But our drive to school is now under a minute soooo we gotta find a new rhythm 😆🤔) Highly recommend!!

Kelsey-lynn-45 ,

We love it!

Finally a Christian podcast for kids (and grownups) that is rich in reflection, prayer, and meditation on scripture. My son & I enjoyed the advent series and look forward to the lent one!

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