Wednesday, June 27, 2012

A Sand Dollar...What A Beautiful Thing!

You've probably seen them in souvenior shops...and maybe some of you have been lucky enough to find a whole one on one of your beach walks...but there's something unique and intriguing about a SAND DOLLAR!

I have heard that if you find a sanddollar, you found some loose change from Poseidon’s treasure vault or that you found some coins lost by mermaids or the people of Atlantis.

My kids have been curious about these beautiful creatures, so we actually found a video showing one move around on it's little tiny legs:
There is also a Sand Dollar Folklore:
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 that appeared unto the shepherds
and led them from afar.
The Christmas Poinsetta
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.
Inside the teeth were supposed to signify little white doves. The gray Sand Dollar represents LIFE…the white one the RESURRECTION.

Pretty cool, right?