New Year’s Eve, the passing of one year and the ushering in of another, is celebrated all over the world. In New York’s Times Square, called the crossroads of the world, all eyes will be focused on a brightly lit ball that will mark the exact time of this new beginning.
There is obvious symbolism in this event.
New beginnings mean new hopes. The numerous lights which comprise the New Year’s Ball at Times Square represent our anticipation of a brighter future as it defies the darkness of the night and helps to dispel our darker thoughts.
An even deeper symbolic message can be teased out of this yearly celebration. The fact that the New Year’s Ball makes a descent from high above our heads symbolizes that true hope for positive change and a new beginning comes from above—from God.
The many lights that comprise the New Year’s Ball represent the numerous teachings, tenets and truths that descend to us from heaven and offer enlightenment for us to begin our lives anew. We instinctively grasp this by our inclination to make New Year’s resolutions at this time every year.
Deeper still, this celebration has a strong parallelism with the descent of the Holy City, the New Jerusalem, from heaven. Its light is spiritual and comes from God’s wisdom, and therefore, represents a new habitation for the human soul.
The crowds gathering at Times Square to watch the ball descend symbolize oneness—a unity of hearts and minds. For this to happen in a sustained and permanent way, all eyes must be open to, and focused on God’s heavenly message.
Happy New Year and Happy New YOU!