The weekend has been a perfect allegory of what this weekend means spiritually. After two days of chilly solid rain amounting to over two inches worth today broke clear and warm.
The previous owners of this house planted an abundance of trees and flowers that after being dormant over the winter have exploded into breathtaking beauty with new life.
This is one of seven Dogwoods planted here. I present the Legend of the Dogwood:
At the time of the crucifixion, the dogwood had reached the size of the mighty
oak tree. So strong and firm was the wood that it was chosen as the timber for
To be used for such a cruel purpose greatly distressed the
dogwood. While nailed upon it, Jesus sensed this, and in his compassion said.
"Because of your pity for my suffering, never again shall the dogwood tree grow
large enough to be used for a cross. Henceforth, it shall be slender, bent, and
twisted, and its blossoms shall be in the form of a cross–two long and two short
"In the center of the outer edge of each petal will be the
print of nails. In the center of the flower, stained with blood, will be a crown
of thorns so that all who see it will remember."
I hope you and yours have a Happy Easter.