Hope is Born: An Advent Journal for Waiting & Working

In the last days of November, as fall gives way to winter, many people in the West radically orient their lives around Christmas. As Christians, we make an honest effort to keep Christ central in all of it. Yet, oftentimes the peace of the Christ child seems unattainable because we enter into the season weary, restless, or perhaps even in pain. Our traditions and celebrations can lift our spirits. But what we truly need is something altogether different. What we need is hope.


This Advent, we want to attend to the promise that God has for us in our work. Together, we will turn to passages of Scripture that echo our groans and remind us of our hope. Through an adaptation of the ancient practice of Lectio Divina, we will read or listen to passages of Scripture, reflect on them, ask God for wisdom and understanding, and respond to God’s invitation to us.

We’ve developed this journal to help us engage in this practice each day. For the next four weeks, let’s lean into the Word of God, listen for the gentle voice of God’s Spirit, and pay attention to how God can meet us in the midst of our tiredness, uncertainty, hurt, and longing. And let’s see how hope is born in our hearts.

Product Details

This Advent journal is being offered as our gift to you. This is a digital download, not a physical product. Click the button below to fill out the download form!

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What's Inside?

This journal guides you through the 28 days of Advent (plus Christmas Eve and Christmas Day) with a Lectio Divina-esque outline, prompting you to read, reflect, request, and respond while following a Bible reading plan.

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The Reading Plan

The Scripture passages we’ve selected follow the Revised Common Lectionary. The lectionary contains four passages for each week of Advent. For the fifth passage for each week, we’ve selected alternate passages, prescribed by the lectionary or passages from the Christmas season, that focus on the second coming of Jesus.

Click the button below to download the Advent reading plan in an easily printable bookmark format!

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A Special Partnership with Dwell

The reading plan is also available as a playlist on the Dwell Scripture listening app through a premium subscription. The Dwell app allows you to listen to and read the Scriptures in a variety of ways and translations. Upon downloading Hope is Born, you will receive a link to a page where you can get 30% off a one-year subscription to Dwell!

Once in the app, search for “De Pree” or “Hope is Born” to locate the playlist.

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