Susan Spess Shay

Still playing make believe.

The Dogwood

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One of the reasons I chose this theme for my blog is the picture at the top. The header is a picture of dogwood blossoms. (I liked the pink for spring, too.)

I could have chosen this one

with Forget-Me-Nots in the picture.

Or this one

with Tiger Lilies.

But I wanted the Dogwood, and I knew I’d keep it until Easter. Here’s why.

In Jesus’ time, the dogwood grew

To a stately size and a lovely hue.

‘Twas strong & firm it’s 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 & 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.”

~Unknown

(source: http://www.footprint.co.za/)

This is from Fisheaters.com

It is said at the time of the Crucifixion, the dogwood was comparable in size to the oak tree and other monarchs 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 gibbet. 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.”

You’ll see beautiful dogwoods blooming all over the place in Okie World right now–both pink and white. When you notice one, I hope you’re remember the legend. 

I doubt Christ truly died on a dogwood tree. I don’t know what kind of trees they had in Israel two thousand years ago, but I doubt they have (or had) dogwoods. But it’s a nice story. 

But the real point is, Jesus died, tortured on a cross, bearing the weight of OUR sins, not His. And after three days in the tomb, He rose again. Even death couldn’t contain him, because He is God. 

There’s a song we used to sing every year at Easter. Now you never hear it, but I loved singing it. See if you remember it.

Refrain: Up from the grave He arose; with a mighty triumph o’er His foes; He arose a victor from the dark domain, and He lives forever, with His saints to reign. He arose! He arose! Hallelujah! Christ arose!

What’s your favorite Resurrection Sunday song? Want to share some of the words?
 

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Author: Susan Shay

For as long as I can remember, I've loved two things--reading and people--and that led me to become a writer. Many of my stories are set in Small Town Worlds. I'm a wife, mother, sibling and an aunt. I have a deep faith in God, and an exciting life in Christ. Maybe I shouldn't be (after all, he's God!) but I'm constantly amazed at the things He's up to. :)

9 thoughts on “The Dogwood

  1. Judy is singing along with your choice of songs as I type. 🙂

  2. We watched the movie, Jesus, the other night. Ben said that cross must have been something else, just in its self. That would have been enough, to carry such a heavy cross & die on it. But, he had the weight of the world’s sins & all our illnesses to bear too. Our church will be singing He Arose, on Easter. O, What a Savior is another great song, & Because He Lives! Beautiful songs, words, & Beautiful Savior!

  3. Mom loved the dogwood & she told us the story of what the blossoms meant many years ago.

    I was singing this song in my head as I read the words – Love it!! It sounds much better when I sing in my head & not with my “unique” (awful) singing voice.

    One of the nicest things about being my Mother’s child was sharing her love for music. Thanks to her, we know most of the old hymns by heart as she was always singing & playing the piano, & of course, we sang along with her. I know the love of God was passed down from generation to generation both through God’s Word & from singing praises to God through these wonderful songs.

    Here’s another favorite of mine – He Lives:

    I serve a risen Savior
    He’s in the world today.
    I know that He is living,
    Whatever men may say.
    I see His hand of mercy;
    I hear His voice of cheer;
    And just the time I need Him
    He’s always near.◦

    He lives, He lives, Christ Jesus lives today!
    He walks with me and talks with me along life’s narrow way.
    He lives, He lives, salvation to impart!
    You ask me how I know He lives?
    He lives within my heart.

    In all the world around me
    I see His loving care,
    And though my heart grows weary,
    I never will despair;
    I know that He is leading,
    Through all the stormy blast;
    The day of His appearing
    Will come at last.

    Rejoice, rejoice, O Christian,
    Lift up your voice and sing
    Eternal hallelujahs
    To Jesus Christ the King!
    The Hope of all who seek Him,
    The Help of all who find,
    None other is so loving,
    So good and kind.

    (Source: http://www.hymnal.net/hymn.php/h/503#ixzz1qz6BVKCH)

    • That’s another one of my favorites, Sharon. We learned it in 4th grade at school. Mrs. Cross taught us. I remember seeing it written on the blackboard. 🙂 Beautiful song.
      It’s nice to know that love for God can be passed from mother to child, isn’t it? Even if God doesn’t have grandchildren.
      I’m so glad you came by.

  4. Love all the above mentioned songs!! I love all you people too! “He Arose” has always been my favorite Easter song, I know all the words!! “He Lives” is the next favorite Easter song, these words mean so much to me, telling the story of how glorious we will all live in heaven someday because He Arose!!!

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