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Posted by
Judy aka L@dybug (Brooksville, FL, United States) on 1 January 2009 in Art & Design and Portfolio.

This hangs in our living room all year; if you do not know the legend, please read below:

Legend of the Sand Dollar

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!

Canon PowerShot G2 1/25 second F/2.5 21 mm

January 1st is around the corner, along with an end to my daily posts, at least for now.
Dementia is so debilitating and Hubby needs more of my time.


* Philippians 4:13 "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." ... <)))><
All images copyright ©JhClark 2019 - All Rights Reserved

Bookfool from Mississippi, United States

And, I wish health and happiness to you, too. I have a friend who says she had a sand dollar tree as a child -- only sand dollars as decorations. Isn't that a wonderful idea?

1 Jan 2009 5:11am

@Bookfool: This is is a bit large for the tree, but I agree ... a tree of sand dollars would be wonderful!
Be happy ... and healthy in 2009!

Barbara from Florida, United States

Happy New Year!
Blessings to you and Mike for the year ahead.
A beautiful story and image.

1 Jan 2009 5:33am

@Barbara: Thank you, Barb ... and I wish the same for you and Bob.

Linerberry from Sumner, Christchurch, New Zealand

What a lovely wish and words:-) I wish you a very Happy 2009 Judy:-)

1 Jan 2009 8:02am

@Linerberry: Thank you so much, and a very Happy 2009 to you also.

Veronelle from Lens, France

happy new year to you and yours

1 Jan 2009 11:53am

@Veronelle: ... and the very same to you also, Veronelle.

Marie-Hélène Ammor from Casablanca/Paris, Morocco

Thank you Judy for these wishes and I wish you and yours a happy new year too !

1 Jan 2009 12:41pm

@Marie-Hélène Ammor: I wish you many wonderful photo opportunities in 2009, along with health and love!

Eleftheria! from Athens, Greece

Happy new year 2009!

1 Jan 2009 1:03pm

@Eleftheria!: The same to you, my young friend ... with many good photos to come!

Viewfinder from Bradenton, United States

What a special Florida way to welcome the new year Judy. You are a creative person and a wonderful Am3 friend. A Blessed and Happy New Year to you and your family.

1 Jan 2009 2:06pm

@Viewfinder: Thank you so much, Glenn ... and we send blessings from our home to yours in 2009!

tyan from Singapore, Singapore

wow,i didnt know about this symbol,thnks for sharing!Sorry i havent been visiting,its been very hectic and Caleb starts school tomorrow...Happy new year to you and thank you for being my friend!:)

1 Jan 2009 2:12pm

@tyan: I'm happy I had something to share with you about the sand dollars.
I understand "hectic" when the children keep you so busy!
Thank you for your friendship and I pray for all good things for you in 2009!

Jen from Alpharetta, United States

Wonderful image!
I hope you and your family have a VERY wonderful New Year

1 Jan 2009 2:40pm

@Jen: Thank you, Jen ... and I wish you a wonderful New Year also!

Lorraine from Gatineau, Canada

What a special instrument of Goodwill, so beautiful, thanks for sharing again Judy, and i hope 2009 gives you everything you need x

1 Jan 2009 2:52pm

@Lorraine: I like that ... "instrument of Goodwill" ... God will provide us with everything we need, right?
Blessings to you, Lorraine, today and all year through!

Alivia from France

Thank you for all these words and this simple image loaded symbols .. an image that touches the heart. Best wishes and Happy New Year 2009.

1 Jan 2009 6:26pm

@Alivia: Thank you, Alivia, for your kind words ... I wish you a Happy New Year also!

Marion from Nanaimo, BC, Canada

Beautiful image and poem Judy. I love what Lorraine said. Happy New Year wishes and all the best this year can bring for you, Mike and your family. Hugs, Marion and Ray.

1 Jan 2009 6:47pm

@Marion: Thank you so much, Marion ... and I pray your year will bring you unexpected blessings ... some longed for and some surprises. You're overdue! ... Loving hugs, Judy & Mike

Michael Skorulski from Cigel, Slovakia

Have a great New Year, Judy. I like your crisp image and presentation.

1 Jan 2009 7:19pm

@Michael Skorulski: Thanks, Michael; my camera's sensors had 'fun' with this 3-dimensional decoration. :D

Faëlle from Lyon, France

Happy New Year!

1 Jan 2009 8:50pm

@Faëlle: ... and the same to you, Faëlle.

JJ from Jersey City, United States

Happy new year such an interesting shot and words

1 Jan 2009 11:08pm

@JJ: Thank you, JJ.

Observing from West Cheshire, United Kingdom

Thank you Judy, and * Best wishes for 2009 *

1 Jan 2009 11:59pm

@Observing: Thank you, Mike!

Fliss from Melbourne Beach, United States

Have a great 2009 to you and Mike

2 Jan 2009 12:23am

@Fliss: Same to you and your Mike! :D

Scott Schilling from San Martin, United States

Dear Judy, great photo and poem. Have a wonderful New Year! Also, thanks for the kind comments.

2 Jan 2009 2:54am

@Scott Schilling: Thank you, Scott ... your comment is most appreciated, as I highly regard your work.
Happy New Year to you and those you love.

Canon PowerShot G2
1/25 second
21 mm