Todayâ€™s post,Â â€œCarolâ€™s Gems: March Aquamarineâ€,Â is a monthly series on birthstones from one of my favorite blogger friends, Carol Peterson. Carol is a writer with a heart for encouragement, sharing parables of faith on her blogÂ From Carolâ€™s QuillÂ and making learning exciting in Fun with Finance and other teacher resource books.
Every month has a birthstone. The birthstone for the month of March is aquamarine. And it reminds me of Jesus.
The word aquamarine means â€œwater of the sea.â€ Genesis tells us that in the beginning, the Spirit of God hovered over the water. Later, Jesus became the living water. Water itselfâ€”in the Christian practice of symbolically proclaiming our faith through baptism by waterâ€”points us toward Jesus. All of us need water to live. We need living water for eternal life.
The aquamarine gemstone is believed to enhance divine communication and help us connect with heaven. Spiritual metaphysics notwithstanding, gazing at the cool, clear blue of aquamarine gives a person a sense of well-being. Spending time with God does so even better.
A secondary birthstone for March is the bloodstone. It is a dark green jasper with bright red spots, caused by iron oxide. Legend tells that this stone was created when Christâ€™s blood dropped onto green jasper at the foot of the cross.
Happy birthday to everyone born in March.
PRAYER: Heavenly Father, thank you for the beauty of this world and the reminders of you and your glory that are all around us. Please remind us that you have gifted us with prayer for divine communication and that through your bloodâ€”our living water, we are washed clean. Amen.
WHAT ABOUT YOU? Know anyone who needs an aquamarine gemstone?