Our Gift Tree
Our neighbors presented us with the gift of a dogwood tree late last year. I sent Ken & Helen and email a few days ago to tell them how much we enjoyed the tree. It is blooming beautifully this spring. I received a note back that they were enjoying it too. Thanks again to our wonderful neighbors.
Spiritual Symbolism of the Dogwood Tree
I have always loved the beauty of the flowering dogwood trees that we have in East Tennessee. They grow in the wild throughout the area. In residential areas you’ll find them with not only white flowers, but pink and red.
Did you know there is spiritual symbolism related to the dogwood tree. This is not based on scripture, but is just a story of the symbolism. I found the following at Visual Forces.
“The dogwood was the tree chosen to construct the Cross that would be used to take the body of Jesus. Even though His body may have been taken from this earth, His spirit remains and every spring we are blessed with a reminder of the events that unfolded on that fateful weekend. The blooms often appear in the shape of a Cross with holes in the tips of the pedals signifying the nails that were driven into the Cross. If you look closely at these holes you can notice a faint red stain representing the Blood. In the center you will find a green bloom symbolizing the crown of thorns placed on the head of Jesus. After the Crucifixion, God proclaimed that dogwood trees would never grow large ever again. This is the reason the trunks of dogwoods are skinny and often branch off low on the trunk. The dogwood is more than a tree…it is a representation of life. With every spring we are reminded of what God did for us and given the chance to be reborn and start a new life as “children of God”. (John 3:1)”
I have a Japanese Dogwood tree in the back of my house. It interesting to note that it does not have the nail prints.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson
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