Monday, April 2, 2012

The Dogwood

I don't know if it is fact or legend, but the story of the Dogwood tree always makes me pause and wonder.  Right now, the dogwood blossoms are falling like rain, covering the ground with pure white grace.

"The dogwood was the tree chosen to construct the Cross that would be used to take the body of Jesus. Even though His body may have been taken from this earth, His spirit remains and every spring we are blessed with a reminder of the events that unfolded on that fateful weekend. The blooms often appear in the shape of a Cross with holes in the tips of the pedals signifying the nails that were driven into the Cross. If you look closely at these holes you can notice a faint red stain representing the Blood. In the center you will find a green bloom symbolizing the crown of thorns placed on the head of Jesus. After the Crucifixion, God proclaimed that dogwood trees would never grow large ever again. This is the reason the trunks of dogwoods are skinny and often branch off low on the trunk. The dogwood is more than a tree…it is a representation of life. With every spring we are reminded of what God did for us and given the chance to be reborn and start a new life as “children of God”. (John 3:1)”

Praying for time this week to ponder Christ's Crucifixion and Resurrection.  Everything I believe in is grounded in those words.

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