We Wonder: Lent

We Wonder: Lent

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


For Grownups: Why We Wait, and Watch, and Hope in Lent
Feb 19 • 4 min
During Lent, we wait and hope for what God will do in us and in our world.
Welcome to We Wonder: Lent
Feb 10 • 3 min
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.…
January 6: The Feast of the Epiphany
Jan 6 • 17 min
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…
December 24: The Manger
Dec 24, 2019 • 14 min
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…
December 23: Carpenter’s Tools
Dec 23, 2019 • 11 min
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…
December 22: Mary’s Heart
Dec 22, 2019 • 12 min
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…
December 21: The Angel
Dec 21, 2019 • 12 min
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…
December 20: The Great Fish
Dec 20, 2019 • 13 min
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…
December 19: The Lion
Dec 19, 2019 • 13 min
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…
December 18: Esther’s Crown
Dec 18, 2019 • 13 min
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:…
December 17: Isaiah’s Scroll
Dec 17, 2019 • 10 min
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,…
December 16: Fire
Dec 16, 2019 • 13 min
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…
December 15: David’s Lyre
Dec 15, 2019 • 11 min
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…
December 14: David’s Sling
Dec 14, 2019 • 13 min
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,…
December 13: Samuel’s Oil
Dec 13, 2019 • 12 min
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…
December 12: A Head of Grain
Dec 12, 2019 • 14 min
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…
December 11: The Shofar
Dec 11, 2019 • 13 min
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…
December 10: The Two Tablets of the Law
Dec 10, 2019 • 12 min
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…
December 9: The Burning Bush
Dec 9, 2019 • 12 min
Exodus 3:1-14Today’s symbol is the burning bush. God spoke to Moses from the burning bush and promised to save his people. I wonder what it was like to see that bush, wreathed in dancing flames but still itself? Can I see anything about God in that…
December 8: Joseph’s Colored Coat
Dec 8, 2019 • 12 min
Genesis 37:3-4; 23-36Today’s symbol is Joseph’s colored coat. God was with Joseph. Even though his brothers tried to hurt him, God used Joseph to save his family. I wonder how Joseph’s brothers felt when Jacob gave him that beautiful robe? Has there ever…
December 7: Jacob’s Ladder
Dec 7, 2019 • 13 min
Genesis 27:18-35Today’s symbol shows Jacob’s ladder. God came close to Jacob, even when Jacob ran away. I wonder how Jacob felt, as he pretended to be his brother and stole Esau’s blessing? I wonder if he was nervous? Triumphant? Afraid of being caught?I…
December 6: A Ram
Dec 6, 2019 • 11 min
Genesis 22:3-14Today’s symbol is a ram. Abraham trusted God, and God was faithful to Abraham. God gave Abraham a ram for a sacrifice, instead of his only son. I wonder what Abraham felt like on the inside, as he hiked up the mountain with Isaac, the fire,…
December 5: A Sky Full of Stars
Dec 5, 2019 • 12 min
Genesis 12:1-3; 15:1-7Today’s symbol is a sky full of stars. God promised to give Abraham a family larger than the number of the stars.Can I remember a time when it was hard to wait for something? How did I feel? Can I ask God to stay close to me when I…
December 4: The Ark
Dec 4, 2019 • 13 min
Genesis 6:5-8; 7:11-24; 8:1-3Today’s symbol is the ark and the rainbow. In the flood, God washed the earth clean. In baptism, we are washed and given new life. I wonder what it was like to see the water rising from inside the ark? Can I imagine myself…
December 3: The Serpent and the Fruit
Dec 3, 2019 • 13 min
Genesis 3:1-13Today’s symbol is the serpent and the fruit. When God’s people listened to the serpent instead of God, they sinned. But God loved them so much that he did not leave them alone: God’s Son came to save the people who had turned away.I wonder…
December 2: The World
Dec 2, 2019 • 14 min
Genesis 1:26-31Today’s symbol is our planet, Earth. God made the world and everything in it, and God made everything good. I wonder what is good about the place where I live, and the creation around me? How can I say “thank you” to God? I wonder why we…
December 1: The Jesse Tree
Dec 1, 2019 • 13 min
Isaiah 11:1-10Today’s symbol is a tree stump, with a little shoot growing out of the top. This tree stump is a Jesse Tree: it reminds us of Jesus’ family tree, and the family tree of all God’s people. I wonder what needs to be made right today? In my…
For Parents: Why We Pray Together
Nov 29, 2019 • 2 min
Why do we close in prayer together? Because we want to hear children share what they wonder about, and to lead us in giving thanks to God.
For Parents: Why We Wonder Together
Nov 22, 2019 • 3 min
Why do we wonder together? Because we want to cultivate the practice of wonder, engagement with, and curiosity about the God who made us, and who is at work in our world.
For Parents: Why We Reflect Together
Nov 20, 2019 • 3 min
Why do we reflect on God’s good words together? Because we want to sit with the people who have been the characters in God’s saving story, and the witnesses to God’s work in the world.
For Parents: Why We Read God’s Good Words Together
Nov 15, 2019 • 3 min
Why do we read God’s good words together? Because the Bible we have is the Bible God wants us to have: when it is hopeful and comforting, and when it is strange and scary! So we enter its world together with wonder.
For Parents: Why We Wait Together
Nov 13, 2019 • 4 min
Why do we wait together during Advent? Because this season reminds us that we are a waiting people.
Welcome to We Wonder: Advent
Oct 22, 2019 • 1 min
We Wonder: Advent will begin on December 1st. New episodes will release every day throughout Advent. Do you know what the word Advent means? It’s an old word that means “coming,” or “arrival.” Advent is the season when we remember the first time God…