, not a dogwood, but a beautiful flowering crab tree very similar to the dogwood with it's twisted branches.)
The story of the dogwood has been around for a very long
The tree was tall and strong in Jesus time on earth. Now it is twisted and fragile..as the legend goes......read on.
The Legend of the Dogwood:
In Jesus’ time, the Dogwood tree had grown to a great size, like that of an Oak tree! They used it to build the cross that Jesus was
hung on. This made the Dogwood tree sad. Jesus, sensing this sadness, promised the Dogwood tree that it would never again grow large enough to build a cross. It’s branches would be narrow and crooked-not
good for building at all.
And now the Dogwood tree has many traits to remember this promise:
1) The Dogwood flower has 4 petals, shaped like a cross:
2) The middle of the Dogwood flower, a crown of thorns:
3) At the edge of each petals, a nail dent:
4) The nail dents are stained with the color of Jesus’ blood:
Whether this legend is true or not does NOT take away from what our Lord and Savior did for us upon that cross. The miracle of His resurrection is still where we focus our energy and love. Father God, thank you for sending us your son, Jesus, and for
loving us regardless of our sinful ways. AMEN!
Celebrate the risen savior with family and friends this Easter and every
This is the day the Lord has made, I will rejoice and be glad in it !