Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Legend of the Sand Dollar

Thank you thank you for your prayers for William, he slept through the night (although I woke up to check on him, old habits...!) and has been fever free ALL day, praise the Lord! We were even able to go out and do a few errands and get his hair cut, he looks so cute.
I have not gotten to stamp yet, but one project I have in mind involves my sand dollar, I thought in the meantime I'd share this little poem about the symbolism of a sand dollar's markings I came across while working on my set, you may have heard it before, (and might not ever think of them the same way again...) Author is unknown...



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 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



I wasn't sure really sure about the star and five doves part until I found this cool image (click that for link to the photo!) showing how the pieces break apart, isn't that pretty? Anyway, thought this could be something you could print out to go with the image on a card, bookmark or project, just a thought... :) (it definitely wouldn't fit in the set LOL!)

I am feeling good today, too! and a special treat, my friend invited me to go to the opera with her tonight, her husband couldn't use their tickets tonight so I get a little break! :) Have a great evening, thank you for checking in!!

8 comments:

Chrisd said...
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tlgirl353 said...

Melanie- That is beautiful- thanks for sharing this!

Juli Smith, SU! Demo said...

So glad William is feeling better. Thanks for letting us know.

Love the sand dollar story/legend too. Thanks for sharing.

JudyI, St. Louis MO said...

I've used that poem a lot with sand dollars I've picked up. You could probably trim your stamped sand dollar, cut the stamped image in half,then make little v's coming out of it to depict the doves. (They kind of look like little v's anyway). Thanks for sharing your wonderful talent. I'm glad William is better.

Sharri Seffens said...

Melanie, I am glad William is feeling better! Hope you had a great timea t the opera last night.
Thank you for the poem on the sand dollar...I have not heard it before.

Lori said...

Good to hear little William is better. His lily was gorgeous, to bad about the dog :{. Isn't that a great story/poem? I have a broken sand dollar and the doves are just amazing, like the photo. I'm super excited to start creating with the set as soon as I get it! Yipee!

Susan said...

I'm glad to hear you are both feeling better. The Lord is good to us. Thank you for the lovely story of the sand dollar too.

JaniceAileen said...

Melanie, that is so cool about the sand dollar! I had never heard that poem before nor seen the pic of the star broken apart--so neat, thanks for sharing!
Praise the Lord for healing your son! Glad you're feeling better too! And how fun to get to go to the opera!!! I've never been but would love to go! Did you get to dress up all fancy?