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A sand dollar is actually a part of the sea urchin and star fish family and can be found along many beaches. We have found several on the Florida Gulf Coast beaches. When alive they look like tan or grey discs and should be returned to the water. If they have turned a bright white, then you have found a treasure to keep!
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One of my favorite activities as a child was finding sea shells at the
beach. Although, I didn't live near a beach, my oldest sister did.
Those are some wonderful memories as we searched for these treasures in
Even now one of our family's favorite vacation spots is a beach on the Gulf Coast. At least once on each vacation all six of us go on a walk to look for sea shells. Oh, the treasures we find, and the fun we have together as a family!
The greatest treasure though was, and still is, to find a sand dollar! This is still the "ultimate find!"
God has placed His signature on creation, and this special beach treasure has all the markings to tell the story of Jesus, the Gospel! Each includes a Christmas poinsettia on one side, an Easter lily on the other, five pierced holes, and when opened, tiny pieces which resemble small doves.
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 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 wisemen
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.
John 19:34: "Instead, one of the soldiers pierced Jesus' side with a spear, bringing a sudden flow of blood and water."
Matthew 2:2: and asked, "Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star in the east and have come to worship him."
Matthew 2:10: "When they saw the star, they were overjoyed."
Matthew 1:23: "The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel"--which means, "God with us."
Matthew 3:16: "As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and lighting on him."
Luke 2:14: "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests."
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