A Precious Gem

In days past, some believed pearls to be the tears of the gods. Others thought them to be dewdrops filled with moonlight that had fallen into the ocean and were swallowed by oysters.


Pearls are created unlike any other gem on earth.
They form when an irritant – usually a parasite – works its way into an oyster, mussel, or clam. As a defense mechanism, a fluid is used to coat the irritant. Layer upon layer of this coating, called ‘nacre’, is deposited until a lustrous pearl is formed.

One of the most distinctive features of a nacreous pearl is the way it seems to glow from within, a property known as “luster”.

Luster results from the reflection of light rays not only off the surface of the pearl, but also off the concentric inner layers of nacre. Because a pearl’s surface is round, it acts as a convex mirror, reflecting light so that it appears to emanate from within the pearl. The multiple layers of nacre also give rise to the “iridescence” or “orient” of pearls. The layers of nacre act like tiny prisms, refracting light so that it appears as all the colors of the rainbow.


Perhaps healing and hope are like the birth of a pearl.

When layer upon layer of GRACE coats the parasites of our lives,
we are transformed into precious gems refracting the inner LIGHT
of love and peace.

Wishing you the gift of grace today and always so that you may
shine your iridescent Light ~ Nancy



About Sheb

After reading, If You Want to Walk on Water, You Have to Get Out of the Boat, (Jon Ortberg), I decided that getting out of the boat was the easy part. "Wow, Jesus, I want to do that too!" Staying focused on Jesus rather than the wind and the waves is the hard part. I suppose even in the doldrums that is also true. So my prayer and meditation in whatever journey I undertake is to keep my eyes fixed on the One who will walk with me and keep me above water. Matthew 14: 25-33
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2 Responses to A Precious Gem

  1. Robin Kilgour says:

    How beautiful is that — same to you and all those in your circle, Nancy — blessings of light. Many thanks, always.

  2. Jakkula David says:

    Its privilege for me to connect with you kindly send us updates.

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