Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree
The trees are God's great alphabet:
With them He writes in shining green
Across the world His thoughts serene.~Leonora Speyer
As legend has it, the cross on which Jesus was crucified was made from a dogwood tree.When Christ was on earth, the dogwood grew to a very large size. Its branches were strong, and for Christ's cross, its timber was chosen.
Being distressed at the use of this wood, Christ made a promise that never again shall the Dogwood tree be large, but would have slender and twisted limbs, with cross-shaped blossoms. Thus, the dogwood tree is small. It could never be used for a cross again. The petals would have four bloodstains marked in each flower, representing the nails that were driven in His hands and feet, the petals also make the shape of a cross and in the center of the blossom would be a crown of thorns with bright red, clustered fruit representing the blood of Christ. The lovely tree and blooms bear symbolic signs of how the greatest love of all mankind was slain. This, to be a reminder that all who looks at the tree will remember Christ and the pain He endured.
It still grows and blooms every year very near to the time when Christ was crucified and rose from the dead. He grew the tree so that we might go free. And was crucified on the tree he created.
My mamaw Cantrell loved this story of the dogwood tree. And my mamaw Gargus had a dogwood tree. Together in heaven they will see the dogwood tree that is forever. Planted by God himself. Sharing it with each other, and sitting under it. Watching and talking about the welfare of their searching grandson.
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