||Monday, January 1, 2001
||Legend of the Sand Dollar
||The Legend of the Sand Dollar (I) The Legend of the Sand Dollar (III)
The sand dollar, The sand dollar has been called the Holy Ghost Shell
no instrinsic value has he because of the religious symbolism of its markings.
Only reminders of our Lord, It is said to tell the story of the birth, crucifixion and
up from the sea resurrection of Christ.
Four little holes for the nails The outline etched into the top resembles an Easter Lily.
which held him to die At the center is the five-pointed star of Bethlehem.
Another one too, The five oval holes represent the wounds Christ suffered
where the spear pierced his side on the cross (the four small holes are nails in the hands
A star for the manger, and feet, and the larger hole the wound from the spear).
a bell to ring On the bottom of the sand dollar is the outline of the
And inside five doves, Christmas flower, the Poinsettia. If broken open, five of the
his praises to sing. sand dollar's teeth are seen arranged in a star shape.
V.L. Little Individually, these little pieces resemble white doves in flight
which some say are the five angels that sang to the
The Legend of the Sand Dollar (II) shepherds on Christmas morning.
The Legend of the San dollar
that I would like to tell
of the bird and death of Jesus
found in this lovely shell.
If you will 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,
It's 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 Christmas tide.
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.