Thanks Betsy from Joyful Reflections
This photo is from the Dogwood Tree in their yard!

There is a legend that at the time of crucifixion the dogwood had been the size of the oak and other forest trees. So firm and strong was the tree that it was chosen as the timber for the cross. To be used thus for such a cruel purpose greatly distressed the tree, and Jesus nailed upon it, sensed this. In His gentle pity for all sorrow and suffering Jesus, it is told, said to the tree:
" 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 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, and all who see it will remember."

The pink dogwood is said to be blushing for shame because of the cruel purpose which it served in the Crucifixion. The weeping dogwood further symbolized the sorrow. The red dogwood, called the Cherokee, bears the color to remind us of the blood shed by our Savior.

Whatever the story behind the dogwood, I first saw these stunningly gorgeous trees during our time living in Kentucky. That's also where I first saw magnolias, gingkos, tulip trees and so many other beautiful trees, bushes and plants that we don't have up in northern Canada. I am so grateful to God for His awesome creation! I take such delight in all this fabulous variety.


Bernie said...

I wish I had a dogwood tree picture to send you, I don't so I am hoping someone sends you one so that you may share the picture with your story...Happy Sunday my friend......:-) Hugs

Anneliese said...

Thank you for this reminder ... I had heard something about this legend ... and it's interesting to me because (a) the dogwood is our provincial flower and (b) I have the Royal Albert dogwood pattern for my china

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Hi Karin, I love the Legend of the Dogwood... I talked about it once on a blog post. I just sent you a copy... If you want it bigger or smaller, let me know and I'll resend. It's of the pink dogwood tree in our front yard.

George said...

Thanks for sharing this legend of the dogwood tree with us. I've heard it before, but I never tire of the story.