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The Legend of the Dogwood


When Christ was on earth, the dogwood grew
To a towering size with lovely hue.
Its branches were strong and interwoven
And for Christ's cross its timbers were chosen.
Being distressed at the use of this wood,
Christ made a promise which still holds good:

"Not ever again shall the dogwood grow
To be large enough for such 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 in brown
And in the blossom's center a thorny crown.
All who see it will think of Me,
Nailed to a cross from the dogwood tree.
Protected and cherished this tree shall be
A reflection to all of my agony."



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An old legend has it that,at the time of the crucifixion, the dogwood was comparable in size to the oak tree and other monarchs of the forest. Because of its firmness, strength and abundant size the Dogwood actually was selected as the timber for the cross that crucified Jesus Christ. However to be put to such an inhumane and greatly cruel use truly changed the face of the tree forever. It still grows and blooms every year very near to the time when Christ was crucified and rose from the dead. But never again would the Dogwood tree grow large enough to be used as a cross. Henceforth it's trunk would be slender, bent and twisted and its blossoms would be in the form of a cross ~ two long and two short petals. In the center of the outer edge of each indented petal there are "nail prints" ~ brown with rust and stained with red~ And in the center of the flower there is a crown of thorns. The lovely tree and blooms bear symbolic signs of how the greatest love of all mankind was slain.


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