We Wonder: Advent

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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.

Episode Date
January 6: The Feast of the Epiphany
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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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Jan 06, 2020
December 24: The Manger
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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.
Dec 24, 2019
December 23: Carpenter's Tools
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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.
Dec 23, 2019
December 22: Mary's Heart
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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.
Dec 22, 2019
December 21: The Angel
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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.
Dec 21, 2019
December 20: The Great Fish
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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?
Dec 20, 2019
December 19: The Lion
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Daniel 6:6-23

I 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.
Dec 19, 2019
December 18: Esther's Crown
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Esther 4:8-17

Today’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.
Dec 18, 2019
December 17: Isaiah's Scroll
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Isaiah 9:2-7

Today’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.
Dec 17, 2019
December 16: Fire
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1 Kings 18:21-39

Today’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.
Dec 16, 2019
December 15: David's Lyre
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1 Samuel 16:1-13

Today’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.
Dec 15, 2019
December 14: David's Sling
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1 Samuel 17:2-11, 32-37

Today’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.
Dec 14, 2019
December 13: Samuel's Oil
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1 Samuel 3:1-10

Today’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.
Dec 13, 2019
December 12: A Head of Grain
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Ruth 2:1-12

Today’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.
Dec 12, 2019
December 11: The Shofar
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Joshua 6:1-5, 12-17

Today’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.
Dec 11, 2019
December 10: The Two Tablets of the Law
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Deuteronomy 5:1-22

Today’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.
Dec 10, 2019
December 9: The Burning Bush
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Exodus 3:1-14

Today’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 picture?

I wonder why Moses was afraid to look at God? I wonder what about the sight of the bush, or the words God spoke, made him turn his face away?

I wonder if God’s people felt like God had forgotten them, trapped as slaves in Egypt? I wonder if they were waiting for God to come save them, or if they had given up? Does it ever feel like God has forgotten me? What do I want to say to God about that?

I wonder if there is anything I want to ask God to see? Is there anyone I know who is hurting and needs God to come close? Are there any parts of me that I want God to see and come close to?

I wonder if I can sit quietly for a moment with God’s name. “I AM WHO I AM.” Can I ask God to teach me who he is?

God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, you are our God too. You are living, and you are the God who saves. Help us to come close to you, and to know you like Moses did.

In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, Amen.
Dec 09, 2019
December 8: Joseph’s Colored Coat
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Genesis 37:3-4; 23-36

Today’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 been a time when I felt like someone else was loved more than me? How does that feel on the inside? What do I want to say to God about that feeling?

I wonder how Joseph felt, as he sat at the bottom of that dark, dank well? Or as he was led away to a strange land as a slave, by strangers? Was he afraid? Did he miss his father? Did he call for his mother?

Has there ever been a time when I have been really, really afraid? Has there ever been a time when I felt like nothing good would happen again? Can I let God come close to me and love me, as I remember that feeling?

When Joseph met his brothers, many years later, he forgave them -- not because what they did was okay, but because he knew that God had been with him at every step of the way, from the well, across the desert, and into Egypt. I wonder if there are places in my life where it’s hard to see God with me? What do I want to say to God about those places?

God, you are always with us. God, you are strong. You are always at work, and you can turn evil to good. God, you are forgiving, and you help us to forgive. We love you.

In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, Amen.
Dec 08, 2019
December 7: Jacob's Ladder
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Genesis 27:18-35

Today’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 wonder, have I ever wanted something good that belonged to someone else? What does that feel like on the inside? Is there anything I want to say to God about that feeling?

I wonder, has someone else ever taken something good that should have been mine? How did I feel on the inside? How did I act on the outside? Is there anything I want to say to God about that time?

Esau was so angry with his brother that Jacob had to run away and hide. I wonder, have I ever felt like hiding or running away because of something I have done?

When Jacob was running away from his family, God’s blessing went with him. I wonder, can I trust that God is always close to me, even when I feel like running or hiding? Can I tell God thank you for never, ever letting me go?

I wonder if there are times when it feels like the wrong person is getting a blessing. I wonder if sometimes I think I don’t deserve God’s blessing? Can I believe that in Advent, we are waiting for Jesus to come and find everyone who has done wrong and tried to run away?

Ever-present God, you never leave us alone. You remind us, over and over again, that we are a part of your family and that your promises are for us, no matter what we do. Thank you that we belong to you.

In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, Amen.
Dec 07, 2019
December 6: A Ram
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Genesis 22:3-14

Today’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, and the wood. I wonder what he said to God?

I wonder if there has been a time when God’s words did not seem good to me? Has there been a time when I felt like God’s promises were coming untrue? What can I say to God about that?

I wonder if there has been a time when I have seen God provide? Can I rest in that moment? How can I carry that moment with me today?

The angel, or messenger, of the LORD said to Abraham, “Now I know that you would do anything for God. You have not held back from me your son, your only son.” In Advent, we wait for God’s only Son, Jesus, who came into the world to live with us and die for us. I wonder: can it be true that God would do anything for us? What can I say to God about this great gift of love?

Generous God, you are our faithful provider. You did not spare your own Son, but gave him up for all of us. Help us to trust you no matter what, like Abraham did, because you are good.

In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, Amen.
Dec 06, 2019
December 5: A Sky Full of Stars
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Genesis 12:1-3; 15:1-7

Today’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 am impatient?

Right now, we are waiting for Christmas. We are also waiting for Jesus to come again, and make everything right. Can I ask Jesus to help me trust his promise to come live with us again?

God gave Abram and Sarai new names, to tell them who they would be. I wonder who God says that I am? Can I trust and believe that I am God’s beloved child?

I wonder if Abraham could imagine just how big God’s promise to him was? Can I say thank you to God that I was a part of this promise, too, long, long ago?

Faithful God, you kept your promise to Abraham and Sarah. You gave them a son. Help us as we wait this Advent for your promised Son. We give you praise because you always keep your promises!

In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, Amen.
Dec 05, 2019
December 4: The Ark
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Genesis 6:5-8; 7:11-24; 8:1-3

Today’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 there? I wonder if all of creation looked undone?

I wonder if the wind that blew the waters dry was like the Spirit that moved over the waters in Genesis 1? As the waters dried up, was it like seeing the world being made be made again?

I wonder what new things grew, after the earth dried and the sun came out again?

I wonder what God sees when he looks down on our world today? I wonder what needs to be washed clean and made new? In my town? In my school? In my family? In me?

I wonder what new things God wants to grow in my life? Can I talk to God about that?

Gracious God, you love us too much to let us stay lost and apart. Thank you for keeping your promises, and thank you for the waters of baptism, where you wash away sin and give us new life.

In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, Amen.
Dec 04, 2019
December 3: The Serpent and the Fruit
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Genesis 3:1-13

Today’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 what it was like to live in the garden with God? To walk with God? To talk with God? Can I imagine being close to God, too?

I wonder what it felt like, to suddenly be afraid of God? Have I ever wanted to hide from someone who loves me? How does that feel in my body? In my heart?

Are there parts of me what I want to hide from my family? From my friends? From God? Can I believe that God always wants to come find me?

This story ended in a sad place. During Advent, we remember that our world is still broken and sad, and that God has promised to make it right. What needs to be made right in my heart? In my family? In my school? In my city? Can I ask Jesus to come and save?

Holy God, thank you for never letting us go. Thank you that even though people disobeyed, you refuse to stay apart from us. Thank you that you have promised us a Savior. Come and rescue us, and turn our steps so that we walk toward you.

In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, Amen.
Dec 03, 2019
December 2: The World
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Genesis 1:26-31

Today’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 forget that God gave us this earth as a good gift? How can I help take care of it?

I wonder how I show God’s image to the people around me? Can I say “thank you” to God for making me?

Are there parts inside of me that feel empty or confusing, like the waters before God spoke? I wonder how God’s Holy Spirit is hovering near and looking at those parts of me with love?

I wonder how the people in my family show me something about what God is like? Do I remember that my friends are also made in God’s image? My brothers and sisters, even when we fight? People at school I may not like? I wonder how I can see that every person I meet is special to God?

During Advent, we remember that God came to live in this world and that he will come back to us again. I wonder how I can wait for Jesus during Advent?

Loving God, you made us for yourself. We belong to you. Thank you for this beautiful world, and for the people in it. Help us to take care of it, just as you told us to do. And teach us to always look for your image in other people, and to love them because you do.

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.
Dec 02, 2019
December 1: The Jesse Tree
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Isaiah 11:1-10

Today’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 heart? In my family? In my world?

I wonder how my heart is like a dead tree stump? What in me needs some water, some air, some love?

I wonder how Jesus can grow new things in my heart? In my family? In my friendships? In my world?

I wonder what it will be like, when Jesus’ kingdom comes. Can I imagine a world where a wolf will live with a lamb, and no one will hurt or destroy? Can I imagine a time when everyone knows and trusts God’s love for them? What can I say to God about that time?

I wonder how I can wait for Jesus during Advent? How can I make space for Jesus, and for his kingdom, in my heart? In my life? How can I invite Jesus into my world?

Faithful God, thank you for keeping your promises. Help us see the ways that you are faithful, even when your people are not. Thank you that you are bringing a world where the weak and the strong will live together in peace. Help us wait for your coming, and we pray that these stories of Jesus’ family tree will teach us to be faithful and prayerful as we wait for you to make all things new.

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.
Dec 01, 2019
For Parents: Why We Pray Together
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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.
Nov 29, 2019
For Parents: Why We Wonder Together
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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.
Nov 22, 2019
For Parents: Why We Reflect Together
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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.
Nov 21, 2019
For Parents: Why We Read God's Good Words Together
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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.
Nov 15, 2019
For Parents: Why We Wait Together
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Why do we wait together during Advent?

Because this season reminds us that we are a waiting people.
Nov 14, 2019
Welcome to We Wonder: Advent
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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 arrived in our world: he came to live among us as a baby boy born in Bethlehem! And Advent is also the season when wait for Jesus to come again to our world and make everything right.

Each day in Advent, we will remember a special symbol and share a story about the people who waited for Jesus long ago. Join me as we wait together for God.
Oct 23, 2019