Wednesday, August 10, 2011
I think my favorite shell is the Sand Dollar. They seem so delicate. Yet, they are able to survive living in the ocean with the waves pounding them back and forth.
The only Sand Dollar that I've ever found on the beach were a few purple ones. I had no idea, at the time, that when they are alive they are purple.
I was holding one in my hand. I was so excited to actually find a Sand Dollar. Looking at it closely, I noticed it started to move in my hand. I got freaked out. I am not one who loves fish or live critters in the Ocean that live in shells.
That is when someone told me it was alive. I quickly put that guy back into the ocean to live out it's life.
Did you know there are several types of Sand Dollars?
There are the Pancake Sand Dollars. They are flat, with no holes.
The Arrowhead Sand Dollars got their name from the shape that looks a bit like an arrowhead.
The Key Hole Sand Dollar is the one I think of when I think of Sand Dollars.
When I was a little girl, I heard a story about the "special meaning" of this type of San Dollar. Ever since then, I have not been able to look at San Dollar without remembering that story.
Have you heard it? If not, I'll tell it to you now.
The San Dollar and Christians share a unique relationship. You see, if you look closely at the Sand Dollar you will find many symbols to tell the story of the Birth, Crucifixion and Resurrection of Jesus.
On the top part of the shell you can clearly see an outline of the Easter Lily.
At the center of the Lily a five pointed Star can be seen. This symbol represents the Star of Bethlehem that led the Wise Men to the manger when Jesus was born.
There are five holes in the Sand Dollar and they represent the four nail holes in Jesus' feet and hands and the pierce wound made by the spear that was jabbed into His side when He was crucified.
If you turn the Sand Dollar over you will find an outline of the Poinsettia, the Christmas flower.
If you break open the Sand Dollar you will find find "Doves". These represent the Doves of Peace.
Now, I have no idea if this Sand Dollar was really placed here on Earth with these hidden secretes from God or not.
However, I love the story and so I choose to believe they were.
When I first heard this story, I remember I would break open every Sand Dollar I could find to see if those five "doves" would really be there. Let me save you the time...yes they are.
If you have children, it is fun to break open one as you tell the story to them. Just be careful, they may want to break all your San Dollars like I did.
If you have not heard this story before, I hope you will go take a closer look and decide for yourself if this is a true story or one that has been passed down for years and years.