Did you ever wonder why the dogwood tree blossoms every Easter season? I thought I would share a legend that I grew up hearing as a child. Each part of the tree has significance to the crucifixtion of Christ. As legends go, since they are unverified stories handed down from earlier times and popularly believed to be historical, this legend is not fact, but I enjoyed hearing it none-the-less. In the southern states, where I grew up, dogwood grew wild in the woods.
The Legend of the Dogwood
In Jesus’ time,
the dogwood grew
to a stately size
and a lovely hue.
‘Twas strong and 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 and 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.”
Now as we celebrate Easter, we focus not on the death of Christ, but his resurrection. He lives! We will be with him again! Happy Easter everyone!