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The Legend of the Dogwood Tree

At the time of Crucifixion, the dogwood had been the size of the oak and other forest trees.

So firm and strong was the tree that it was chosen as the timber for the cross.

To be used thus for such a cruel purpose caused the tree great distress and grief.

Jesus observed this, and in His gentle pity for all sorrow and suffering, made the tree this promise.

“Never again shall the dogwood tree grow large enough to be used as a cross.

Henceforth it shall be slender and bent and twisted.

Its blossoms shall be in the form of a cross with the print of the nails in each petal.

In the center of the flower will be a crown of thorns, and all who see it will remember that it was upon a dogwood tree that I was crucified.

Therefore this tree shall not be destroyed, but cherished as a reminder of my death upon the cross.”