Times Square: New Year’s Eve: The Glass Ball

Last night I looked up the history of the ball dropping in Times Square.  In 1904 two major things happened that contributed significantly to the future of New York City.  The city’s first subway line opened and the first-ever celebration of New Year’s Eve in Times Square took place.  The owner to the Times magazine facilitated the changing of the name  of the location to Times Square to honor the relocating of his newspaper  to the building there on the triangular corner of 7th Ave, Broadway and 42nd street.  It was the second tallest building in New York City at the time.  There was a big celebration.  Two years later the owner of the Times had a 700 pound ball built and lowered from the flagpole to welcome 1908.  The newspaper has since moved but the a new and improved versions of the ball has been lowered almost every year since.

         2 Corinthians 5:17 says, “therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come.  The old has gone, the new is here!”

         John 10:10 “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”

         We stand at the start of a New Year and our eyes do not watch a ball drop like a flag at the beginning of a race.  We keep our eyes on Christ who goes before us into this year that we may be growing into our better self and to help us find life more fully.  That is not the same as happiness, prosperity and wealth.  God is helping us find new life, new starts and a growing relationship trusting him.  Let’s think about how we are starting this new year – watching a ball drop or watching God who created us.  Blessing as you step into the adventure.

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