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on The Legend of the Dogwood

From a book I got at church:

“According to legend,

the dogwood tree once grew

straight and tall.


then it was used to make the cross

on which

Jesus was crucified.

As a memorial of this event,

the tree

never again grew large

enough to be used for this purpose.

In the spring,

when the dogwood blooms,

the four-petal arrangement of its flowers


us of the cross.

Each white petal

has an indention

on it’s outer edge – a symbol of the nail marks

in our Savior’s hands.


in the fall,

the leaves of the dogwood

turn a fiery red

to commemorate the blood of Jesus

with which our salvation was secured.”

No author was listed,


I’ve heard this story before.



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