Advent Devotions: Working Well in a Season of Waiting

Written by Meryl Herr

The word “Advent” comes from the Latin adventus which means “coming.” The irony is that, while we celebrate and anticipate the coming of Christ into the world, we simultaneously look forward to our retreat from it—a few days off from work, a winter break away from school, a Christmas vacation far, far away. Our focus shifts toward getting away from our everyday work precisely when the church calendar invites us to focus on Christ’s coming to us in the midst of it.

These meditations invite us to focus anew on what it means to live faithfully in the time between Christ’s first and second comings and to consider how Christ’s first and second comings make a difference in our work.

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What's Inside?

Easily printable format (8.5″x11″ portrait)

22 devotions (divided up to be used across the 4 weeks of Advent) containing scripture, reflections, and prayers.

This devotional can be used in a variety of ways:

By yourself: Use the devotional five times a week during the four weeks of Advent (plus Christmas Eve and Christmas Day).

In a group: Go through the guide, one week at a time, with a small group.

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About the Author

Dr. Meryl Herr is a Senior Researcher at the Max De Pree Center for Leadership where she designs and conducts research studies that add to the understanding of what helps marketplace leaders flourish. Meryl earned a B.S. from Vanderbilt University, and an M.Div. and Ph.D. (Educational Studies) from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Her doctoral research focused on the role of imagining the future in vocational discipleship. After completing her doctorate, Meryl pursued additional training by completing a graduate certificate in Educational Research Methods through the University of Illinois at Chicago.

In addition to working at the De Pree Center, Meryl is the owner of The GoodWorks Group, a consulting firm specializing in educational program planning and evaluation. She is also an adjunct professor for Cornerstone University’s Professional and Graduate Studies Division.

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