Legend of the Dogwood Tree

There is a legend that at the time of the Crucifixion the dogwood had been the size of the oak tree and the other trees of the forest.  So firm and strong was the tree that it was chosen as the timber of the cross.  dogwood3

To be used thus for such a cruel purpose greatly distressed the tree.  Jesus, nailed upon it, sensed this, and in His gentle pity for all sorrow and suffering said to it, “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 it’s 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.”