~ An old and beautiful legend says that,
at the time of the crucifixion, the dogwood was comparable
in size to the oak tree and other large trees of the forest.
Because of its firmness and strength it was selected as the
timber for the cross. But to be put to such a cruel use greatly
distressed the tree. Sensing this, the crucified Jesus in his
gentle pity for the sorrow and suffering of all said to it:
"Because of your sorrow and pity for My sufferings, never again
will the dogwood tree grow large enough to be used as a cross.
Henceforth it will be slender, bent and twisted and its blossoms
will be in the form of a cross
~ Two long and two short petals. 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 this will remember."
~ For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son,
that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.