The woods and the yards are filled with blooming dogwood trees in the springtime. This pretty dogwood tree is growing in Pipersville, Pennsylvania, USA. ☺
The four petals of the dogwood flower, having a rusty notch at the tip of each, are said to represent the cross of Jesus. The center of the bloom has the look of the crown of thorns. Many believe that the wood of this tree was used to make His cross. There is a poem about this below in the description.
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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."
~ Author Unknown ~