“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:
'Never 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.
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.'”
The dogwood trees have just finished blooming, and here are some of the pink ones around our neighborhood. Who knew that some even grew polka-dot eggs? Legend says that dogwood trees used to grow as tall as oaks, and be mighty and strong. Until one was chosen for Christ's cross. Because of this, God ordered that the tree would never be tall again, but be twisted and short. The white dogwood was blushed pink with embarrassment. But in fact this is only a legend, Dogwoods don't even grow in Israel. This is actually one story that needs no embellishment at all.
"The God of our fathers raised up Jesus, whom ye slew and hanged on a tree.
Him hath God exalted with his right hand to be a Prince and a Saviour, for to give repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins."