April 5

A Thought: The dogwoods have been exquisite this year, providing the kind of colorful and brilliant “Snow” in treetops which can be gazed upon without navigating. The ‘Legend of the Dogwood Tree’ I share with you today as a faith reminder when you, too, come upon one of these beauties in neighborhoods or dotted in the woods.
Happy Thursday! 1 John 1:7 “But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have communion with him in the midst of us, and the blood of Jesus Christ, his Son cleanses us from all sin.”
The Legend of the Dogwood Tree:
In Jesus’ time, the dogwood grew
To a stately size and a lovely hue.
‘Twas strong and firm, its 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.

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