Thursday, April 24, 2008

Headed For The Beach!



I'm excited because Curtis and I are headed for the beach at Galveston, TX where we will spend a couple of days. Darlene, loved the beach and the ocean. This is where she would go when life seemed to be pressing in and she needed an escape. She would stroll up and down the shore looking for sand dollars, as she listened to the roar of the mighty ocean waves.

The sand dollar is an ocean animal related to the starfish and sea urchin and are washed ashore when the tide comes in. Darlene had a large container of sand dollars that she found over a period of many years. I was told by a friend that she said a prayer each time she found one. This makes the collection even more precious now that she is gone.

Curtis and I plan to walk along the shore also and I would be so delighted if we should find a sand dollar. But even if this does not happen just walking on the beach will make us feel closer to our daughter and we will give thanks to God that we still have each other and will give praise for each new sunrise that He allows us to have.

The 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 centre 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.


Anonymous

5 comments:

Yolanda said...

May you each find a sand dollar. Enjoying the Creator of the sand dollar.

Lovingly,
Yolanda

SweetPea said...

Mary,
Thank you SO much for the beautiful reminder on my blog. I need not be worried with how many do or don't visit my blog. I have often thought that maybe the days no one visits is more about me and God. Maybe it is about me writing for Him. As I think the experience of writing and publishing posts on my blog could be a learning and growing experience for me. It opens my eyes and ears to try to hear Him and then write what He speaks to me.

I hope you have a very joyful and restful time at the beach.

I hate to be stupid and since I'm new to your blog, or my memory is just terrible, did you lose your daughter?
With His Love,
Paula

elaine @ peace for the journey said...

May God's peace and rest come to you in unexpected measure as you walk the sands of his limitless love for you both.

peace~elaine

SKY4KAT said...

Mary,
How a wonderful time strolling along the shore and listening to waves crash. I love that sound and the feel of the mist on my face. I hope you do find sand dollars, it brings out the child like amazement and wonder in us of our world and of our creator. I, like Sweetpea, don't remember if you lost your daughter but peace be with you both as you remember her love and prayers at the beach.
Blessings
Katrina in Colorado----a far bit from the ocean.

tiggerdaisy said...

Wonderful!

Prayers and Blessings to you!
Rebecca