The Legend of the Dogwood Tree

I don’t know what your neighborhood looks like these days – but our neighborhood is absolutely – positively filled with beautiful flowering trees right now.  There are white trees and pink trees and purple trees.  There are bushes that look like they are on fire, because they are covered with so many red flowers.  The world (or at least Louisville, Kentucky) is a wild – glorious riot of color this week.  Everywhere I turn on our walks – I see something lovely.

I have noticed the dogwood trees seem to be especially lovely this year.  There are dozens of dogwood trees in our neighborhood.  There are lots and lots of white dogwood trees, and there are also quite a few shockingly pink dogwood trees too. 

I also noticed that the woods at Broad Run Park this weekend are full of dogwood trees.  Their stark white blossoms could be seen throughout the woods.

As I looked at all of the dogwood trees in the woods at Broad Run this weekend I remembered the legend of the dogwood tree, and I thought that I would share it with you.

Legend states that at the time of Jesus’ crucifixion, dogwood trees reached the size of mighty – towering oak trees.

The strong, firm wood of the dogwood tree was chosen as the timber for Jesus’ cross.

To be used for such a cruel purpose greatly distressed the dogwood tree.

While nailed upon it, Jesus sensed this, and in his compassion said: “because of your pity for my suffering, never again shall the dogwood tree grow large enough to be used for a cross. Henceforth, it shall be slender, bent, and twisted.  Its blossoms shall be in the form of a cross – two long and two short petals.  In the center of the outer edge of each petal will be the print of nails. In the center of the flower, stained with blood, will be a crown of thorns so that all who see it will remember.”

Take a walk today and look for a dogwood tree in your neighborhood and look at the blossoms.  They are lovely, and they really are cross shaped.

I hope you are able to enjoy the blessings of God’s glorious creation today and everyday.

In Christ and with Love –

Pastor Kerri

4 Replies to “The Legend of the Dogwood Tree”

  1. I agree, the dogwoods are exceptionally beautiful this spring. I think God’s plan to bloom the redbuds first as a prelude to the dogwoods is certainly a wonder of nature. The pink ones seem to be really pink this year. Thanks for the story and pictures.

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