The Legend of the Dogwood

Have you ever read the Legend of the Dogwood? Although the Bible does not tell us what type of wood the cross Jesus was crucified on was made of, this legend says that the cross was made of dogwood…

In Jesus’ time, the dogwood grew
To a stately size and a lovely hue.
‘Twas strong and firm, its 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 and 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.

Not a part of the legend BUT, in the fall dogwoods produce clusters of red berries and if you look closely you’ll notice that for most of the dogwood varieties the berries are not round but rather shaped like a drop of blood! Hummmmmm

Legends are legends, but I am so grateful for anything that reminds me of His love and sacrifice on our behalf….

“For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16

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Regardless of the tree used, the story does not end on the cross…

He is not here, he has risen just as he said… Matthew 28:6

After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb. There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men. The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples: ‘He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.’ Now I have told you.” So the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples. Matthew 28

O Glorious Day!


11 thoughts on “The Legend of the Dogwood

  1. Our mother loved that story and shared it with me Many times. Hence, the reason dogwoods line the driveway back home.

  2. Teresa, I only learned of the Dogwood legend this year – so beautiful! We have two dogwoods that I love, and now I’ll love them even more as I admire them out the dining room window.

    Blessings ~ Wendy

    1. Dogwoods were a favorite of my momma and daddy as they grow wild in the mountains where I am from. In my garden we have several and will plant more. Such a good reminder of our earthly AND our heavenly family!

      1. Our previous home (on acreage) had a wild one in the woods. It had been badly damaged and partly knocked over by a storm and yet it still bloomed. I was sad to leave it behind as I had not noticed that there was one at our new place. We added a second one that the previous owner gave to us. It was in her new garden and she did not want it and invited my husband to dig it up!! We love it! It is small – so it survived the move ( I babied it)…

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