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Seashells by the seashore

May 5, 2011

May 5, 2011-

I love beach combing. I love how God speaks through things in His creation – all things great and small. From the vast Pacific Ocean to each individual shell upon the shore, the Creator calls. So, let’s listen.

My friend Roxanne once gave me a card with an interesting poem on it. I was reminded of it because of our trip to the beach in California. (I found 58 sand dollars! Sarah found 43….teeheehee!)

Legend of the Sand Dollar

The Mysterious Sand DollarUpon this odd-shaped sea shell,
a legend grand is told
About the life of Jesus, the most
wondrous tale of old.

Its center markings plainly show
the storied Guiding Star
Which led to tiny Bethlehem,
three wise men from afar.

Five wounds suffered by our Lord
from nails and Roman spear
When he died upon the Cross
are wounds shown plainly here.

Within the shell, when opened
five Doves of Peace are found
They celebrate this legend, so may
Peace and Love abound.

Author Unknown

Here’s another version:

The Legend of the Sand Dollar

There’s a lovely little legend
that I would like to tell,
of the birth and death of Jesus,
found in this lowly shell.

If you examine closely,
you’ll see that you find here,
four nail holes and a fifth one,
made by a Roman’s spear.

On one side the Easter lily,
its center is the star,
that appeared unto the shepherds
and led them from afar.

The Christmas Poinsettia
etched on the other side,
reminds us of His birthday,
our happy Christmastide.

Now break the center open,
and here you will release,
the five white doves awaiting,
to spread Good Will and Peace.

This simple little symbol,
Christ left for you and me,
to help us spread His Gospel,
through all Eternity.

Author Unknown

 

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