Intentional Acts of Gratitude and Grace: A Calendar for Advent and Christmas
Changing the world by putting mustard seed faith into action!
Attached below is a list of suggested activities for Advent and Christmas. This list was compiled by some friends at Faith United Methodist Church who were inspired by a random acts of kindness calendar.
Some of the activities involve making a card for someone in our community, collecting food, clothes and toys for those in need, cleaning up a mess you didn’t make, helping and serving others, praying for people you encounter in your life and community. You may have other ideas of additional activities to add to the list.
Imagine how a daily commitment of practicing some of these acts of gratitude and grace might change us and change our community. How might being intentional about making a difference in the lives of the people you encounter each day make a difference in your community and the world?
This challenge to make a difference in the world, might seem impossible or we might be tempted to fall into the trap of thinking we are too insignificant to make a difference so why bother.But I remind you that Jesus said that with faith as small as a grain of mustard seed we can move mountains. “For truly I tell you, if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.” (Matthew 17:20)
I once heard a motivational speaker share that to create a culture shift in a given community, 20% of the population would need to embrace the change. If that would happen the culture of that community would change.
So what if everyone who read this blog were to commit to living an intentional spiritual practice of gratitude? Imagine the change that could happen in our community if we practiced giving thanks to God and others daily.
Imagine what a difference it would make in our world if we all were intentional about encouraging others and building others up? Imagine if we all strive daily to live in peace with one another, embracing our differences and growing in our commitment to building relationship with each other and with God?
Advent is a season of waiting as we prepare our hearts and lives to celebrate the birth of Christ at Christmas. Our waiting can be spent in action, intentional action focused on practicing gratitude and grace throughout the season of Advent and Christmas.
Pray as you begin each day asking God how you can make a difference for Jesus in our community. Complete the suggested daily activities. Share the calendar of activities with your friends and family. Do the activities together or on your own. Change the world by putting your mustard seed faith into action!
Download the Intentional Acts of Gratitude and Grace Advent and Christmas Calendar here: intentional-acts-of-gratitude-and-grace-calendar-2016
Download a thank you card created by a mother and daughter team at Faith UMC that you can color and use for the card activities here: heart-thank-you-cards
Gracious and loving God, thank you for the love you give us so abundantly. Thank you for sending your Son Jesus to teach us how to live and how to love. Throughout this season of Advent help us to remember that you also send us. Help us to be motivated by the gift of love you so generously gave to the world in Christ Jesus. Strengthen us and empower us to make a difference in the world in the name of Jesus. Help us to put our mustard seed faith into action and move the mountains in our lives, our community and world. In Jesus’ precious name we pray, Amen.