I have always enjoyed going for long walks on the beach and listening to the rhythmic sound of waves crashing onto the shore. The variety of shells I see along the way helps make the walk even more enjoyable. However, there’s one little shell that has always intrigued me—the Sand Dollar.
When I was a young boy, I thought Sand Dollars were real dollars that had washed up on the beach from a pirate’s treasure chest. Why else would people refer to them as dollars? My thoughts of money quickly vanished when Dad placed a Sand Dollar in my hand and told me why they were on the beach. Although there are several versions of the Sand Dollar’s symbols, I still prefer the one my dad shared with me.
Sand Dollars share an important message about the love, birth, crucifixion, and resurrection of Jesus. The following is my dad’s version of the Sand Dollar’s messages.
MESSAGES FROM SAND DOLLARS
The circular shape of a Sand Dollar symbolizes the never-ending love Jesus has for each of us.
The image on the top is a Poinsettia with the Star of Bethlehem in the center. This star guided people from afar to the stable in Bethlehem where Jesus was born. The Poinsettia/star symbolizes the birth of Jesus—the reason we celebrate Christmas.
The five holes symbolize the wounds in the hands, feet, and side of Jesus. They were caused by the four nails and spear used during His crucifixion.
On the bottom is the image of an Easter lily, which symbolizes eternal life through Jesus’ resurrection.
On the inside of a Sand Dollar are five doves of peace. They symbolize the goodwill and peace the angels sang when Jesus was born. The goodwill and peace that we are to share with others.
The beauty of a Sand Dollar is in its messages and not its physical appearance. The next time you see one—think about the messages of the symbols. You may want to consider sharing Jesus’ love with others by sharing the symbols of the Sand Dollar.
Have a great day and a Happy Easter weekend!
Tom Tatum – Author – 2016
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