Of all the mornings of each year, Easter is my favorite. This Easter morning was especially glorious. My husband and I attended a service with our son at a lake shore. The sun rising over the lake was beautiful. We faced the sun, and I closed my eyes, reveling in the sun’s warmth on my face and the sound of birds singing around us.
In those quiet moments with my eyes closed and my heart worshipping the Risen Savior, I became aware of some light in my lower right vision. The light formed a star shape. Then I noticed four white spokes radiating from the star. Insight dawned – the light on the dark screen of my mind had produced the image of a Sand Dollar.
There is a legend that says this shell tells the story of the birth and death of Jesus. There are four nails holes and a fifth hole made by the Roman’s spear to remind us He is the Lamb of God who was sacrificed that we might be forgiven and have everlasting life. On one side of the shell there is an Easter lily with a star at it’s center, reminding us of the Star of Bethlehem that announced His birth. On the other side of the shell, there is a Christmas poinsettia that also reminds us of His birthday. Inside the shell are five white doves, reminding us of the Holy Spirit, who is given by Jesus to each believer to empower him or her to share this life changing good news.
Risen, Glorious Lord Jesus, thank You for the beautiful ways You reveal the truth to us and tell us Your Story, including the lovely Sand Dollar.