MONTH OF FEBRUARY
FEBRUARY is the second month of the year in the Gregorian calendar and its predecessor, the Julian calendar. It is the shortest month of the year with 28 days but has 29 days in the Leap Year (next year 2020).
February’s gemstone is an amethyst. Therefore, February’s color is the royal color of purple with many stunning shades from lavender to lilac to violet. Relating to these colors, February’s beautiful flower is the violet, symbolic of peace, love, harmony, beauty. Violets fill the color wheel from white to many shades of purple. Each color has its own special message: white, innocence; purple, elegance; red, passion.
Most significantly, the Latin word “Februum” means purification. This was held on February 15th in the old Roman calendar. Therefore, it is a time to set aside these 28 days to purify our minds, hearts, and bodies.
Remarkably, the brilliant minds of past years made February very special. The month’s uniqueness is exhibited in many ways. Here are a few.
- February is a love month, especially on Valentine’s Day. All too often women have suffered oppression and not been appreciated. This is a special time to give extra endearment and honor to the women who have made you who you are: wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, daughter, even granddaughter. (The first man on this earth had a special exclamation when he saw the first woman: “At Last!”)
- February is a health month, emphasizing heart health. This is an excellent time to focus on your physical heart.
- February is Black History month, established by Gerald Ford in 1976. This is a distinct time to celebrate the achievements of African Americans.
- February is the birth month of two great men who became President of the United States, George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. This is a remembrance time to honor these men as U.S. heroes.
- Finally, and personally, February 4, 1979, is the birth date of my one and only son, Fredric “Jay” Crowell, II. God blessed me beyond words when he was born; I knew God loved me.
February has become a purification month historically, reminding us Abraham Lincoln gave his life to end slavery and keep the U.S.A. one nation under God.
A thought-provoking question for each of us: WHAT ARE WE EACH GOING TO DO TO BRING PURIFICATION TO OUR HOME, WORK PLACE, COMMUNITY, LOVED ONES AND TO OURSELVES THIS MONTH?