Thursday, April 2, 2009

Dogwood Season

Jared sent a couple of pictures of the dogwoods blooming in Alabama. I certainly miss the flowers blooming in the south in the Spring. In Knoxville there was the Dogwood Trail that you could drive through the city and look at the beautiful landscaping coming into bloom. We had an entire grove of dogwoods in our backyard and one that came out over the driveway. They would be covered with beautiful white blossoms. It was usually at the same time all the azaleas were blooming. There was a story in Tennessee that the dogwood was the tree used to make the cross that Jesus hung on. In reverence to Him, the flowers are white, shaped like a cross and have berries the color of blood. They also bloom around Easter every year.
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I found this poem:

In Jesus time, the dogwood grew
To a stately size and a lovely hue.

'Twas strong & firm it's branches interwoven
For the cross of Christ its timbers were chosen.

Seeing the distress at this use of their wood
Christ made a promise which still holds good:

"Never again shall the dogwood grow
Large enough to be used so

Slender & twisted, it shall be
With blossoms like the cross for all to see.

As blood stains the petals marked in brown
The blossom's center wears a thorny crown.

All who see it will remember me
Crucified on a cross from the dogwood tree.

Cherished and protected this tree shall be
A reminder to all of my agony."

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