Today is March 5th, a significant date in “Broken Sand Dollar.” My dad passed away on March 5th, 2007. Exactly five years later in 2012, on the anniversary of his death, I found a perfectly shaped round sand dollar near the sand dunes at Wrightsville Beach. It’s highly unusual to find an unbroken sand dollar that far into dry sand. Sand dollars are fragile, and they usually get broken after washing that far ashore. Many believe that a sand dollar represents the birth and death of Jesus Christ. When examined closely, one will see four distinct holes that are believed to represent four nail holes: two at the hands and two at the feet of Jesus. A fifth hole in the center is believed to represent a Roman’s spear. On one side of the sand dollar, there appears to be an etching of an Easter lily. A Christmas poinsettia appears to be etched on the opposite side. Even when broken, the tiny fractures typically resemble small white doves, symbols of peace. The message seems to be that we can always seek peace from Jesus Christ, even when we are broken. Finding the perfect sand dollar on March 5th 2012, a pivotal point in my 30-year story, reminds me of the following scripture: “For I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries – not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love.” Romans 8:38-39.