Monday, March 29, 2010

The Legend of the Sand Dollar


The Legend of the Sand Dollar

There's a pretty 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 will 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.
Anonymous

Since it's Holy Week, I wanted to share this with you. When I first read this legend many years ago. I must admit I was a doubting Thomas. It was tempting to just crack open the beautiful large white sand dollar on our dresser. The one we bought from a gift shop at the oceanfront... but it didn't seem like a good idea to ruin a thing of beauty for curiosity's sake.

Then one day it happened. I accidentally knocked the shell off the dresser while reaching for a white feather sticking out of my Course in Miracles book. Sadly, I picked up the sand dollar. It was chipped across the top. The accident was such a fluke, I wondered if the Holy Spirit was prompting me with the white feather to look inside.

Were there really five white doves?

Elliot watched as I carefully cracked open the hollow shell. Sure enough, in amazement. I counted five perfectly formed tiny white doves! Smiling, I was reminded of the quote, "If nature is your teacher, your soul will truly learn." I took the fragile little doves and put them in my God Box. We thanked the Holy Spirit for helping set them free to spread Good Will and Peace.

Wishing you a blessed, joyful day with your Angels.


Karen

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