Sand Dollar Lessons

Last week Jeff and I were in Pismo Beach for a retreat and as we walked on the beach I found some sand dollars. 




Top side of a sand dollar test.



I have always like looking for shells on the beach and these are so beautiful.  For the first time that I remember, I found one still alive.  They are covered in velvety violet spikes which move to allow the sand dollars to move across the sand.  No picture of this one as I threw it back in the water.

However I did find this poem, which is the Legend of the Sand Dollar which I had seen previously.

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


The retreat was a wonderful time to connect with colleagues in ministry and we were blessed to attend.

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1 Response to Sand Dollar Lessons

  1. CC says:

    Many years ago I found the story of the Sand Dollar, but have never been able to find the original story. The one I had read was about a Missionary that had travel to minister to a tribe. Unable to speak their language and communicate with them, he prayed and asked the Lord for some way to reach them. He sat on a beach and as he put his hands in the warm sand he felt a sand dollar and used it to teach them about the Lord.. wish I could remember the rest or find the story again…

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