Sunday, April 29, 2012

Dogwood Trees

Kate's  Pink Dogwood tree, last weekend

I love Dogwood trees.  Particularly the wild ones.  In the spring, driving the girls to school, up the winding, wooded, driveway, I was always awestruck by the beauty of the large vanilla colored blooms of the wild Dogwoods. When I was a young girl, I had a little jewelry box, given to me by my grandparents.  On the lid of it, was a decoupaged picture and this:

The Legend of the Dogwood

At the time of Crucifixion, the dogwood had been the size of the oak and other forest trees. So firm and strong was the tree that it was chosen as the timber for the cross. To be used thus for such a cruel purpose greatly distressed the tree, and Jesus nailed upon it, sensed this.
In His gentle pity for all sorrow and suffering Jesus said to the tree:
" Because of your regret and pity for My suffering, never again shall the dogwood tree grow large enough to be used as a cross. Henceforth it shall be slender and bent and twisted and its blossoms shall be in the form of a cross--two long and two short petals. And in the center of the outer edge of each petal there will be nail prints, brown with rust and stained with red, and in the center of the flower will be a crown of thorns, and all who see it will remember."

***I realize this isn't Biblical, but I did think it was a neat "legend".

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