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. At best, our traditions and celebrations can numb the pain. 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. Let’s listen for the gentle voice of God’s Spirit. Let’s pay attention to how God can meet us in the midst of our pain, grief, and longing. And let’s see how hope is born in our hearts.
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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.
We have also developed a few companion resources for the Advent journal:
Click here to download an easily printable worksheet to record your thoughts as you go through the journal.
Click here to download a printable grid where you can record the words or phrases that arise as you go through the journal. This could serve as a great tool for reflection and preparing for the coming new year.
About the Bible 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.
The reading plan is also available on the Dwell Bible reading app through a premium subscription. The Dwell app allows you to listen to the Scriptures (in a variety of ways and translations). Upon downloading Hope is Born, you will receive a discount code for a year's subscription to Dwell!
Click here to download the Advent reading plan in an easily printable bookmark format!
Advent Devotions: Working Well in a Season of Waiting
Devotional Guide written by Meryl Herr
This devotional 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.
Devotions for Christmas
A Devotional Guide by Mark Roberts
Christmas is about the birth of Christ and his coming into the world, taking on human flesh. In this season, we remember God becoming incarnate, embodied.
She Is… Biblical Reflections on Vocation
Study Guide written by Various Authors
This study guide is designed to help people engage questions of vocation through the stories of various biblical women.
Finding God: Hope is a Habit that Grows in the Dark
A 10-Week Devotional Guide by Inés Velásquez-McBryde
I have never heard of a hope-filled person who did not have a story of hardship. Hope grew in the hardship. Our prayer is that this devotional guide would plant fruit-bearing seeds and water pre-existing seeds in your own life.
Stations of the Cross
A Devotional Guide for Lent and Holy Week by Mark D. Roberts
This guide helps us reflect with more intensity and emotion the events and meaning of Jesus’s death. It invites us to draw near to the Lord in anticipation of Good Friday and Easter.
52 Workday Prayers
A Devotional Guide by Mark D. Roberts
God has given us the Psalms for many reasons. One of the main ones is to teach us how to pray. From the Psalms we get to know more intimately the God with whom we speak.
Calling in the Third Third of Life
A Devotional and Small Group Guide by Mark Roberts
This ten-part devotional and small group guide, centered on Genesis 12:1-5, encourages us to guide our lives by the callings we have from God, especially for those in or entering the third third of life.