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Sunday, April 12, 2020
Remembering the Legend of the Dogwood
There is a legend, that at the time
of the Crucifixion the dogwood
had been the size of the oak
and other forest trees.
It was chosen as the timber for the cross
as it was strong and tall.
To be used for such a cruel purpose
greatly distressed the tree,
and Jesus, nailed upon it, sensed this,
and in His gentle pity for all sorrow and suffering said to it:
"Because of your regret and pity
for My suffering, never again shall the dogwood tree
grow large enough to be used as a cross.
Henceforth it shall be slender
and bent and twisted and its blossoms
shall be in the form of a cross.
...two long petals and two short petals.
And in the center of the outer edge of
each petal there will be nail prints, brown with rust
and stained with red,
and in the center of the flower
will be a crown of thorns.
All those who see it will remember."
- author unknown
Even though this is just a legend,
I appreciate the reminder
of my Savior's sacrifice for me
when I see these blooms.
Somehow every year by Easter,
our Dogwood tree has been in full bloom.
The purple Wisteria on the dock is in full bloom
at the same time as the Dogwood trees.
In my lifetime, I have never missed
an Easter church service...
but this year is certainly different.
In honor of all the health care workers,
especially those that have passed
though our Magnolia Hill gates...we are staying home.
Healthcare workers are literally risking it all to save us.
They say, "We also have family but we can't stay home...
Be responsible and STAY HOME because I can't"
Especially pretty in spring, but also in the fall,
as swirling scarlet and purple leaves
add to the fall landscape's autumnal palette.
Colored red berries on both the white and pink dogwoods
attract songbirds through early winter.
The pink dogwood is an American classic.
This pink Dogwood was given as a gift in
honor of my mother as she lost her battle with Breast Cancer.
These legendary trees have long been part of our native landscape
and provide an aura of magnificence in a
100% North American native cultivar that ranges
coast to coast.... from Maine to Florida
and from the Atlantic seaboard to the Pacific Ocean .
America's founding fathers were big dogwood fans too.
George Washington planted them at
Mount Vernon and Thomas Jefferson planted them at Monticello.
And we too, love the Dogwood trees at Magnolia Hill.
It has been an amazing week hasn't it?
Buddy and I hope you have a blessed Easter
and see God in the flowers and trees
or where ever you celebrate.
As Max Lucado says, "With God's help we
will get through this!"
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