Legend of the Pansy Shell

There is a pretty little legend
That I would like to tell
Of the birth and death of Jesus
Found in this lovely shell.

If you examine closely
You'll see that you find here
Four nail holes and a fifth one
Made by the Roman spear.

On one side the Easter lily,
Its centre is the star
That appeared unto the shepherds
and led them afar.

The Christmas poinsettia
Etched on the other side,
Reminds us of His birthday,
Our happy Christmas.

Now break the centre open
And here you will release
The five white doves awaiting
To spread goodwill and peace.

The simple little symbol
Christ has left for you and me
To help us spread His gospel
Through all eternity.