Monday, March 6, 2023

The Story of the Dogwood Tree

Nothing says "Spring has arrived!" more beautifully than dogwood trees in bloom. I took these photos several Springs ago, and would also like to share this lovely poem about dogwood trees:

The Dogwood Tree
Author: Anonymous

When Christ was on earth, the dogwood grew
To a towering size with a lovely hue.

Its branches were strong and interwoven
And for Christ's cross its timbers were chosen.

Being distressed at the use of the wood
Christ made a promise which still holds good:

"Not ever again shall the dogwood grow
To be large enough for a tree, and so ...

Slender and twisted it shall always be
With cross-shaped blossoms for all to see.

The petals shall have bloodstains marked brown
And in the blossom's center a thorny crown.

All who see it will think of Me,
Nailed to a cross from a dogwood tree.

Protected and cherished this tree shall be
A reflection to all of My agony."