Since There are Many versions
of this poem, I'll only do a couple.

Upon this odd-shaped sea shell,
A legend grand is told,
About the life of Jesus,
the most Wondrous tale of old.

Its center markings plainly show,
The storied Guiding Star,
Which led to tiny Bethlehem,
Three wise men from afar.

The Christmas flower, Poinsettia
For His Nativity.
The Resurrection too, is marked.
The Easter Lily, for all to see.

Five wounds suffered by our Lord,
From nails and Roman spear,
When he died upon the Cross,
Are wounds shown plainly here.

Within the shell, when opened,
Five Doves of Peace are found,
They celebrate this legend,
So may Peace and Love abound.

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.

Story Version

The legend of the sand dollar, or the Holy Ghost Shell, is one of the most unusual specimens of marine life. The markings on the shell, symbolize the Birth, Crucifixion. and Resurrection of Christ.
On the top side of the shell, an outline of the Easter Lily, is clearly seen. At the center of the Lily, a five pointed Star representing Bethlehem, appears. The five narrow openings are representive of the four nail holes and the spear wound, made in the body of Christ, during the Crucifixion.
Reversing the shell, you will easily reconize the outline of the Christmas Poinsettia, and also the Bell. When broken, inside the shell, are five little birds, called Doves Of Peace. Some say they are the Angels that sang to the Shepherds, the first Christmas moring.


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