The Birth of a Child Is the Birth of Hope

Photo: Ryan Hutton 

Walking to the Maggie Gilbert Aquatics Center at 6 a.m. today to go swimming, a Christmas Carol popped into my head. As children we sang and presented a program of carols and bible passages for the Christmas Eve service at our church.

As elementary students, we also learned carols and other Christmas songs that we sang for an annual program, attended by parents and townspeople.

This means I know the first verse of many, many Christmas songs.  I was the lone voice singing today on Temescal Canyon as I walked to the pool.

Hark! The herald-angels sing
“Glory to the newborn king;
Peace on earth and mercy mild,
God and sinners reconciled”
Joyful all ye nations rise,
Join the triumph of the skies
With the angelic host proclaim
“Christ is born in Bethlehem”
Hark! The herald-angels sing
“Glory to the new-born king.”

Then I started thinking about atheists or other religions and even though not all religious celebrate the birth of a Christ child, I thought that almost everyone can agree there are angels.

There are angels that look over our shoulders and guide us if we listen.

There are angels, or some might call that intuition, that prevent you from leaving early and when you do leave, you realize you’ve avoided a big accident. Or angels that warn you to avoid a dark area or angels that tell you to say the right thing to someone in pain.

The angels are singing. We only need to listen to that inner voice, the angels, the intuition. . .. Hark the Herald Angels sing . . ..

Some might say the birth of the Christ child is strictly a Christian celebration. There’s no denying the religious significance, but more than that, it also represents the birth of a child.

There can be no greater hope for the future of the world than a baby and the life ahead of them.

One of my daughter’s friends, who is Jewish, is having a baby boy today, December 21. I think the angels are heralding his arrival. That couple has chosen to bring hope to the world with the birth of their child.

Although their lives will never be the same, there is nothing more magical than the beauty of a baby.

There is nothing more extraordinary or momentous than bringing a child into the world. CTN sends prayers, love and wishes to the new parents and to all new parents.

Christmas is about the birth of a baby—to Christians the birth of a savior, to others it is the birth of hope and what can be. Every baby born might be the person who in the future can guide or help the world in places it needs it most.

“One person can make a difference, and everyone should try,” is a quote attributed to John F. Kennedy.

Angels, babies and making peace with those you don’t agree could help bring light and happiness into the world this Christmas.


This  editor wishes all readers a Merry Christmas, a joyful holiday and lots of love for the New Year. I am ever grateful to the readers who support me, not only financially, but with news tips and “scoops.”

I plan to take a break from reporting/writing to celebrate with my family through January 1. If there is news or something that needs to go the community, let me know ( and I will post the news and updates.


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3 Responses to The Birth of a Child Is the Birth of Hope

  1. John Marrone says:

    What a beautiful article, Sue. God Bless and Merry Christmas!

  2. M says:

    Thank you, Sue…..this was lovely. MERRY CHRISTMAS and HAPPY NEW YEAR to you.
    I will miss your CTN column, but know you are having a good time with your loved ones.
    Looking forward to reading “you” in 2024.

  3. Arlene K . Weber says:

    Merry Christmas to YOU and your Family, I agree with everything you just wrote , Sue you have your heard on straight and are a great inspiration to all of us . Thanks, Arlene

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