For as long as I can remember the Dogwood has been one of my favorites....I love them all......Pink, White & Red.......I wish I had a yard full but unfortunately most of ours have died.....a few with the help of the last hurricane......but this picture was taken of one of our trees Sunday afternoon and I thought I would share the Legend of the Dogwood with you. ( Not that I think you don't already know it) but I can never be reminded of it too much!
According to legend,
The dogwood tree used to grow o tall and straight that
it's wood was used to make
the cross of Christ.
Out of sorrow for
the Lord's suffering.
The dogwood shrank,
Becoming slender and twisted,
It's branches drooped with sadness.
The dogwood would never again
be used to make a cross.
Instead, it's blossoms would
repeat the story of Jesus' death
The four white petals of each blossom
form a cross, and at the outer edge
of each petal are rusty brown nail
prints stained red as with blood.
In the center, tiny florets
form a crown of thorns.
The bent but lovely dogwood
blooms each year at Easter time
To remind the world of the
story of the crucifixion,
and that out of suffering
comes the promise of new life.
Isn't that an amazing poem?
I hope you all enjoyed it as much as I do evertime I read it.......Happy Tuesday!