If you look out your window, you’ll soon notice that it promises to be a ‘White Christmas’ in Manitoba with rooftops, evergreen trees and prairie fields glistening under a blanket of snow.
Typically, a Canadian Christmas is filled with warm memories of family, home-baked cookies, neighborhood houses ablaze with holiday lights, lots of Christmas shopping, turkey feasting and cold winter nights watching Christmas TV classics by the fireplace.
At Providence, our Christmas wish is that your home is filled with laughter; that the sounds of Advent – hope, love, joy and peace – reverberate in every room during this wonderful season.
Soon Christmas Day will be here and we’ll be exchanging gifts with our loved ones underneath our Christmas trees. These next few days of Advent remind us of the giving part of Christmas.
God has given us many gifts but none is greater than the gift of His Son, Jesus.
An angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, “Do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.”
“All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: ‘The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel’ which means God with us” (Matt 1:20-23 NIV).
Our theme is peace during this fourth week in Advent. Let us be aware of the nearness and presence of Jesus with us this Christmas and in the coming New Year.
Take a moment to watch the video below with Providence’s President Dr. David Johnson as he shares a special Christmas message and greeting.