Saturday, March 31, 2012

Sand Dollars from Tarpon Springs

While at a conference in Palm Harbor, the church treated us to a boat ride through the waterways of Tarpon Springs. They docked us on an island before turning back, and let us meander it for about 30 minutes. I never brought my phone for pictures... I had visions of it flying into the water. Dan brought his, and has video of dolphins swimming and of Savannah holding the shell of a huge horseshoe crab. I will have to get those from him and make another post. 

While on the island we were able to collect whatever we wanted and bring it back with us. The boat guide said there may be things they will have to tell us to leave, but thankfully no one came back on board with a dolphin or a Bald Eagle.

Our kids did find the treasure of sand dollars, and then while we were walking back to the boat a scuba diver flagged us over to his boat and gave us dozens more. 

It was pretty neat, but despite our best preparations, several of them have been broken in the miles we have traveled since then. Today Savannah and I inspected them, and made some intentional discoveries... basically we broke them up the rest of the way. 

We still have a few in tact, but the ones that were cracked or broken we checked out the insides to see if the stories I had heard were true. 
 Sure enough, there were 5 dove like pieces in each one! Just like the poem I had read so long ago.

The legend of the Sand dollar
That I would like to tell

Of the birth and death of Jesus
Found in this lovely shell.

If you will examine closely, 
You'll see that you find here
Four nail holes 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 happy 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.
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1 comment:

L!veLoveR!de said...

That's so neat! I've never read that poem before.