The Dogwood

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Where I live, the woods all around are dotted with white Dogwood blossoms at this time of year. When I was a girl, there was a giant Dogwood that stood alone in a large open pasture next to our home. In the spring when it bloomed, it was breathtaking. Even as a child, I was in awe of it's beauty! Each year we would walk way down in the pasture to visit the tree up close.  Here we are one Easter Sunday in the dresses that our Mom made for us (how sweet) with Dogwood blooms from that very tree in our hair.
I ran around this week looking for Dogwoods to photograph and remembered my mom telling us the story of the Dogwood. 
Legend has it that the cross on which Jesus was crucified was made from the dogwood tree which is why, as the story goes, you never see a Dogwood that doesn't have the curse of a twisted trunk. 
The four petals of its flower represent the cross.
The single red spots positioned on the edge of each petal represents the blood of Jesus and the snowy white of the petals represent the washing away of our sins. 
Whether the cross was made from the Dogwood or not is debatable, but I believe the story of Easter is absolutely true.

Here is a Heart Rock for your Pocket:
Though your sins are as scarlet, 
They will be as white as snow;
Though they are red like crimson,
They will be like wool. Isaiah 1:18


Wishing you God's best,
Elaine 

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