Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Momma's Sand Dollars

Tammy (middle daughter) sent me the article I'm sharing today, she thought it would make a good blog post ~ I think so too. When she sent it to me I immediately remembered seeing 2 sand dollars in Momma's jewelry box.
 
Most of Momma's things are packed away now, but I got down the boxes and found her sand dollars!
 

The Legend of the Sand Dollar

Margaret C. Gallitzin
It is difficult to find a shell so rich in symbolism as the sand dollar. When I was a girl, I saw my first sand dollar – which I later learned was called the key hole sand dollar – and my uncle, a priest, explained to me how it represented the story of the Birth, Crucifixion and Resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ. I never forgot that lesson of how to see God in visible Creation.

front sand dollar 
The sand dollar - front above, and back below
sand dollar back
The sand dollar is flat-looking burrowing sea urchin belonging to the order Clypeasteroida. It lives on the floor of shallow sandy waters along the coasts of ocean waters in the Northern Hemisphere. The mollusks are washed up on Oregon Coast beaches regularly.

After the urchin is washed up on the beach and bleached by the sun, it looks like a large silver coin, such as the old Spanish or American dollar. Ergo, its simple American name. In other places it is known as the sea biscuit or pansy shell.

It was not long, however, before a legend rich in Catholic symbolism developed about the poorly named sand dollar. This was the story my uncle told me:

On the top part of the shell you can clearly see in the center a star, which represents the Star of Bethlehem that led the Wise Men to the manger when Christ was born. Around it is the outline of the Easter lily, a sign of Our Lord’s Resurrection.

At the edges of the star are four holes and in the center another one. These remind us of the four Sacred Wounds of Our Lord on His Hands and Feet that He bore after being nailed to the Cross. A center hole, the fifth, represents the pierce Wound to His Sacred Heart made by the spear of Longinus.

If you turn the sand dollar over, you will find an outline of the Poinsetta, the Christmas flower.

The sand dollar always has five doves inside

I wouldn't dare break open Momma's sand dollars, but I sure would love to see those five doves inside.

Finally, if you break open the sand dollar, five "doves" emerge – the doves of the Peace and Joy of Christmas. There are always five doves every time you open one.

Many poems have been written about the legend of the sand dollar. This one, author unknown, is my favorite:

The legend of the Sand dollar
That I would like to tell
Of the birth and death of Jesus Christ
Found in this lowly shell.

If you will 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,
It's 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 joyous Christmas tide.

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 to spread His Message
Through all eternity.

I did not know all these things about the sand dollar!  And wasn't that a great poem?


Time to put away Momma's little treasure.  She always put her treasures in her jewelry box.  She wore very little jewelry, I think she should have called it her treasure box.

Little is much when God is in it.

Until Next Time
Simple Treasures bring lots of Pleasure




Monday, June 29, 2015

Truly Free

A book by Robert Morris ~
 
It's been a while since I've done any serious reading, mostly I just scan the headlines or captions. I have a hard time keeping focused on a storyline these days.  Surely that's not because I'm a moldie oldie!  teehee 
 
 
My daughter, Tammy, gave me this book for Mother's Day and I'll read a few pages and then put it down for a few days, pick it up, put it down, pick it up, put it down......I think you get the picture. 
 
 
The more pages I read, the more interesting it becomes.  I'm a very big Robert Morris fan and so far he hasn't let me down with this book.  His books and Bible studies have always been an inspiration and a blessing.  The girls and I took a road trip to Dallas to hear him preach, we really enjoyed visiting his church and hearing his message.
 
 
Here's some snippets from the back cover.
 
Is there something in your life that's keeping you down?  Something you're struggling with that you can't seem to break free from, no matter how many times you've tried?
 
The Bible is clear that some problems are actually just problems, but there are other trials you go through that are the work of the enemy in your life.
 
If you've ever wondered, Why do I keep repeating the same mistakes over and over again?  Why can't I change? Take heart ~ there is a way out!  With relevant scriptures, prayers, and questions for contemplation or group discussions, this book explains how you can find lasting freedom and live truly free.
 
 
A paragraph from the first pages....
 
A big problem for us is that evil still exists in the world today, Christ has conquered sin and death, yes, but in His infinite wisdom ~ for reasons that are often difficult for us to understand ~ the effects of evil are still permitted to exist.  We can still be influenced by evil.  We can still be oppressed by evil.  We can even be controlled by evil, even if we're saved.
 
This book is getting more and more interesting and informative with each page.  I think it might earn a super duper rating from me!
 
 
Yesterday was a special day for our twin grandsons, Jason and Cody.  It was their birthday and they have now entered their last teenage year.....the years have gone by so quick!
 
 
Here they are with their older brother Matt, and their girlfriends enjoying a birthday lunch!  They have grown up to be wonderful young men who walk with the Lord.  They sure are a blessing to their Granny and Paw.
(that would be me and Mr. D) (happy face)
 
 
ps ~ to my good friend Deb over at
Breathing in Grace ~ Ollie Owl says 'Hello!'
 
 
Until Next Time,
Pray with the expectation that God will do great things!