WEEK FOUR: Peace on Earth
In the New Testament, the Greek word for peace means “to join.” Peace isn’t just feeling calm about something; it’s coming together with God. That means uniting with God’s purposes, God’s salvation, and God’s will for His Kingdom.
Because we are designed by God to be in union with Him, it’s impossible for us to have full peace if we’re out of alignment with God. So as you reflect this week on how Jesus brought peace to the world by making us right with God, take a few moments to consider how you can bring yourself into alignment with God’s best plan for your life.
READING: Isaiah 26:1-12
CHALLENGE: Write a handwritten note to encourage someone you know needs some peace in their life.
WEEK THREE: Love Came Down
1 John 4:8 says, “God is love.” Take a moment to breathe that in.
It means that every act of love toward you in your entire life came ultimately from God, and God has even more love in store for you than that! Everything God does is loving toward us, even if we can’t see it at the time.
As you reflect this week on what it means for love to have come down to Earth in the form of Jesus, who showed the ultimate act of love on the cross, think about how you, too, can reflect God’s love onto the world and show everyone how amazing God’s embrace is.
READING: Luke 6:27-36
CHALLENGE: Identify something you own that is in good condition; give it to someone who will actually use it and appreciate it.
WEEK TWO: The Thrill of Hope
In some languages, like Spanish, the word for “hope” and the word for “wait” are the same. Hope doesn’t mean just having a vague wish for something to happen; it means expecting it with great anticipation.
As we celebrate Christmas, we look back to when people hoped for—expected—a Messiah to come and save them from oppression. More than that, we ourselves wait for the return of our Lord Jesus to bring about the final glory of His return.
As you go throughout your week, remember that not only was Jesus born to unite God and people through salvation, but He is coming again to bring together Heaven and Earth forever. That’s what we wait for; that’s what we hope for.
READING: Jeremiah 29:10-14
CHALLENGE: Send a thank you note to someone who doesn't know how much he/she has impacted you.
WEEK ONE: Joy to the World
Joy isn't always easy. That's because joy doesn't mean happiness in your present circumstances; it means seeing the beauty of Jesus and what He has done for the world and for you.
Christmas is a wonderful reminder that Jesus is God wrapped in a human body, sent to seek and save the lost. That means you! We can have joy because Jesus has saved us. Remember that this week as we start the Christmas season.
READING: Philippians 1:3-11
CHALLENGE: Bake a treat for your garbage collectors and include a thank you note for them.
Christmas can be a hectic time of year. This calendar is designed to help you focus on what’s important during this season.
Each week has a theme with daily readings. Below the readings, you will find a list of Share Christmas projects; select one for each day of the week. As you do these projects, use the Share Christmas invite cards to invite people to Christmas at Mosaic.
For more fun, some people light candles as they go through the calendar: 1 during week 1, 2 during week 2, etc.
For even more fun, there is a list of Christmas songs below. Find a lyric video on YouTube and sing one each day after doing the reading.
O Come, O Come Emmanuel
Joy to the World
Away in a Manger
O Come all Ye Faithful
What Child is This?
Angels we Have Heard on High
Hark! The Herald Angels Sing