December 30, 2016
Dropping a New Year
5 weird things dropping this New Year's Eve
Source: Mary Bowerman, USA Today
The iconic ball in Times Square, N.Y., isn't the only thing dropping on New Year's Eve.
Here's a look at some of the strange items dropping across the country:
1. Guitar drop in Memphis, Tenn.
Get ready to rock on Dec. 31 when Hard Rock Cafe Memphis rings in the new year with its 9th annual New Year's Eve Guitar Drop. A 10-foot D'Angelico guitar will drop from 100 feet over Beale Street at midnight.
2. PEEPS Chick Drop in Bethlehem, Pa.
A 200 pound PEEPS Chick will be dropped in Bethlehem, Pa., to ring in the New Year. The massive PEEPS show is part of the annual PEEPSFEST, hosted by the maker of PEEPS, Just Born Quality Confections.
3. Possum Drop in Brasstown, N.C.
No, this isn't a joke. Clay's Corner, a North Carolina convenience store, will lower a live-possum to ring in the New Year. The convenience store provides an evening of music and entertainment leading up to the midnight lowering of the animal. If it sounds controversial, that's because it is. In the past, Clay's Corner faced a frenzy questioning its morality and legality of using a live animal.
4. Peach drop in Atlanta, Ga.
This may be your last chance to celebrate the peach drop in its current location. Since 1989, an 800-lb. peach has been lowered to bring in each New Year. The city is in the process of selling Underground Atlanta, where the peach drop occurs, and The Atlanta Business Chronicle reports that the city isn't sure where the peach drop will happen next year.
5. Potato Drop in Boise, Idaho
Idaho is proud to be known for potatoes! Each year, a massive potato is lowered at the Idaho State Capitol.
“But forget all that— it is nothing compared to what I am going to do. For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness. I will create rivers in the dry wasteland."
Isaiah 43:18-19 NLT
What does today's God's story teach us about God?
"But forget all that", the verses before our scripture today recount stories from Israel's past. Stories of God's remarkable and miraculous saving of his people. Then he says, "forget all that".
Why? Because it pales in comparison to what is still coming. As we prepare to drop into a new year in a thousand different ways around the world, we can rest assured that God is still in the business of "new".
How can I apply today's God's story to my life?
How did God work in your life during 2016? Take the time to write it down.
Looking back on God's grace in the good and bad times in our life helps to give us a proper perspective. It reminds us that he has never left us alone, even in the toughest times.
Look forward to 2017. Write down some ways you are looking for God to move in your life this next year. A deeper love for prayer and the bible? A greater passion for evangelism? Pray about how God can move you into deeper a better places in the new year.
How can I connect today's story, God's story, and my story to others?
It can be hard to see the way God has worked in our own lives. One of the greatest gifts you can give someone is to show them blessings they haven't noticed. Point out the way you have seen someone grow this year. Tell someone the ways you have seen God move in the midst of their life.